Darius Powe had a solid list of favorites to focus on through the next few months but now Washington State is trying to sneak in and the four-star wide receiver from Lakewood, Calif., is listening.
Powe, a 6-foot-2, 186-pound prospect who finished with 36 catches for 560 yards and nine touchdowns in his senior season, said he's been in touch with Washington State's new staff and that he's strongly considering an official visit in January.
"They said I have a good opportunity to get the ball, that they're going to pass the ball, and that they really like me," Powe said. "They said they wanted me to come down for a visit when I had time so I could talk with them.
"I like (coach Mike Leach) a lot. It looks like a good opportunity to catch a lot of balls, make a lot of plays and have the ball in my hands to show them what I could do."
It could be a few weeks before Powe makes it to Pullman but the four-star is strongly considering a trip to see what Washington State has to offer.
"I think I'm going to take a visit," Powe said.
"I want to see what they can offer. I'm looking for a school that passes the ball and a place I can make things happen. Washington State fits a lot of those things on the checklist."
Powe said he has not talked with Michigan in a while and that Utah could be slipping in his recruitment, too, so he's a little encouraged by the new interest from Washington State.
The new involvement from Washington State is one thing to consider and so is this weekend's trip to Cal. The Golden Bears are having one of the biggest recruiting weekends anywhere in the country and Powe is going to be on campus to experience it.
The Lakewood standout is definitely looking forward to the trip.
"There are a lot of people going up there," Powe said. "It's a big weekend for me because I want to see how the school is and I want to see how the recruits and the players get along with each other."
Rivals.com rates Powe No. 41 at wide receiver and No. 248 in the 2012 class.