At a press conference in the San Mateo (Calif.) Serra gymnasium earlier today, standout Will Powers committed to Stanford over Cal.
"I really like Coach (Walt) Harris and believe in him and what he's doing," Powers said. "I really wasn't considering Stanford as much as the other schools before he got there. Once I talked to him, I felt really comfortable with him and the direction the program was going in.
"It was a tough decision because I liked Cal a lot too. I went back and forth all week but in the end, Stanford just felt like the best place for me. You can't beat the academics there and I like the defense they play and how I'll be used. They want me as an outside linebacker and I think that will be a good position for me."
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Powers is one of the elite defensive linemen in the West region, currently rated the No. 2 end in the West and is a borderline top 100 player nationally. At 6-4, 225 pounds, he has very good speed and athleticism and clocked a 4.56 in the 40 at the NorCal Nike Camp on a wet, slow field. He had offers from schools all over the country including Nebraska, Notre Dame and Oklahoma as well as the entire Pac 10 minus USC.