Darius Powe is taking his time with his recruitment but the Lakewood, Calif., four-star wide receiver has a few favorites and is starting to think about official visits over the next few weeks.
Powe, a 6-foot-2, 186-pound prospect, said he and Oregon State commit Malik Gilmore are planning to visit with the Beavers when they host Washington on Nov. 19. Oregon State is one of the four top schools for Powe, who also has UCLA, Utah and Michigan high on his list.
It's starting to look like Oregon State, UCLA and Michigan hold a slight edge.
"The coaches and the offense at Oregon State really stand out with those guys and then another plus would be Malik going there," Powe said.
"We're going to the Washington game together. I've never been there before. I don't mind not being in the same state. That's fine with me."
The Bruins are a major player for Powe, rated No. 38 at wide receiver and No. 246 in the 2012 class by Rivals.com, and he said even if coach Rick Neuheisel doesn't return next season that it wouldn't play a major factor in his decision-making process.
"The area is big with UCLA," Powe said. "It's not a big issue if (Neuheisel) isn't coaching there. It wouldn't matter to me. I would still consider them."
Michigan has definitely emerged as a favorite for Powe, who said he probably won't be able to visit Ann Arbor until after the season. Still, the lure of the Wolverines' program is definitely keeping him interested and getting on campus is definitely important.
"I really like the offense there and the coaching and there's a good opportunity to get to the NFL from that school," Powe said. "I might have to wait until after the season to get there."
Powe, rated as the No. 30 prospect in the California state rankings by Rivals.com, also wants to visit Utah before making his commitment. He doesn't plan to announce anything until after the season or he could hold off until the Under Armour game.