While Arizona defensive tackle Ekom Udofia has received the majority of the attention following last weekend's NorCal Nike Camp, he was far from the only standout on the defensive line. San Mateo (Calif.) Serra rush end Will Powers also had a huge camp and was the second best linemen we saw on either side of the ball.
Powers, 6-4, 221 pounds clocked a 4.56 in the 40, 4.63 in the shuttle, did 20 reps on the bench and jumped 32 inches in the vertical to get his day off right. In the position and one on one drills, Powers showed why he has been compared to USC bound and former NorCal rush end Jeff Schweiger as he was unblockable for any of the offensive linemen he went up against. It's still early but Powers looks like he could be the top defensive end in the West region this year.
Powers has great quickness off the ball and although he's not as big or as strong as Schweiger, his relentless playing style is similar. More than one offensive linemen we talked to following the camp told us Powers was the toughest player they went up against and we didn't see anyone come close to blocking him in the one on ones.
On the recruiting front, Powers is up to 10 scholarship offers including his top eight schools; UCLA, Cal, Nebraska, Arizona, Arizona State, Notre Dame, Oregon and Stanford.
"I plan to take several unofficial visits in the next month and then I'll be ready to narrow my list down a bit," Powers said.
Academically, Powers is carrying a 3.7 GPA and scored a 1380 on the SAT.