There’s no question Will Powers, a 6-4, 225 pound defensive lineman from San Mateo (Calif.) Serra is one of the nation’s elite rush end prospects. Powers has had a relatively large list of favorite schools until now as he just narrowed his choices to a final five.
Powers is a three year starter and earned second team all-state honors last season. He had a huge showing at the NorCal Nike Camp where he looked very good in the position drills and also clocked a 4.56 in the 40, jumped 32 inches in the vertical and did 20 reps on the bench.
On the recruiting front, Powers received early scholarship offers from the entire Pac 10 minus USC and Oregon State as well as Notre Dame and Nebraska.
“I’ve narrowed my list to four schools with one more hanging in there,” Powers said. “Stanford, Cal, Oregon and Nebraska are on my final list. My other school is Michigan. They haven’t offered yet but they just got my junior tape and I also sent them film of my first game last weekend.
“There was some miscommunication with Michigan early on where they thought I wasn’t interested in them so they never recruited me. I’ve just been in touch with them recently and told them that I am interested. So they’re supposed to get back to me in the next week or so to let me know if they’re going to offer me. If they do, I’ll have five schools on my list. Otherwise, it will just be the first four I named.
“We don’t have any bye weekends so all of my trips will have to be in December and January. I would like to take at least three or four of my visits but I haven’t set up any of the dates yet. I’ve already been to every school on my list on unofficial visits except Michigan and I know a lot about each of the schools. Right now, I’m just looking for a school that is strong both athletically and academically and I feel very good about the schools on my list.”
Powers added that Stanford hasn’t cleared him through admissions yet but he just need one recommendation from one of his teachers for his application to be complete. He’s carrying a 3.6 GPA and scored a 1380 on the SAT so he’s confident he’ll be cleared.