It is rare when a prospect is offered before signing day of their junior year. Then again 6-foot-3, 322 pound Waynesboro (Miss) Wayne County defensive tackle Jerrell Powe is a rare player.
“I have offers from Auburn and Ole Miss right now,” said Powe.
“I’m hearing from pretty much everyone else, especially schools in the Southeast. I’m hearing the most from Auburn right now. I get a letter from them pretty much everyday.”
It looks like the intense mailing from the Tigers could pay dividends.
“Auburn is my favorite right now,” he said. “They are going to be hard to beat. Two of my teammates are going to be playing there and my girlfriend is going to school there. I am going down there for their spring game on March 20th.”
Powe has a 340-pound bench press and a 580-pound squat while also running a 4.8 second 40-yard dash and possessing a 38-inch vertical leap.
“I’m looking at some other schools to, though,” he said. “The main ones are Ole Miss, Alabama and Mississippi State. LSU, Nebraska and Southern Miss would be in there after that. I’m not ruling anybody out yet though.”
As a junior, he recorded 74 tackles, 13 sacks, three fumble recoveries, one fumble caused and three passes batted down while leading his team to their second straight state championship.
“I had thought about making an early decision, but I think I want to go through the recruiting process and enjoy it all. I haven’t had a chance to meet all the coaches and look at their defenses yet and I want to do that.”