One of the fastest rising prospects on the west coast is Newbury Park, Calif., defensive end Jackson Powell (6-5, 230, 4.65). Since the spring evaluation period has rolled around the talented defender has picked up five offers.
Powell now has offers from the likes of Washington, Arizona, San Diego State, Oregon State and most recently Cal.
"Cal just offered Jackson on Friday," Newbury Park offensive coordinator Keith Smith said. "I haven't had the chance to talk with him since he received his offer."
"Arizona is really recruiting him hard at the present moment," Smith said. "The Wildcats think he's a perfect fit for them."
"I think Jackson will probably make his college decision before the season starts, but he may end up waiting awhile," Smith said. "USC is his dream team because his dad and his brother played for them."
Whoever lands Powell will be getting a player who has his best days as a football player ahead of him and that is saying something.
As a junior, Powell earned first-team all-league, all-county and all-CIF honors after accounting for 67 tackles, 13 quarterback hurries, 9.5 sacks and five pass deflections. Not bad production for a player who saw a lot of double teams his junior season.
Smith thinks Powell thinks the best is yet to come for his talented defensive end. As a matter of fact, Smith is bit worried that Powell is going to be a disruptive force in practice.
"Jackson is so dominant that we will have to calm him down during practice," Smith said. "We are going to have to put the reins on him during practice so we can see what we can do as an offensive team."
"In my opinion, I think Jackson is going to be unblockable," Smith said. "He is a special talent, who is going to a lot of good thing this season."