It has been a wild year on the field for San Mateo (Calif.) Serra defensive lineman Will Powers but things are starting to become more clear off of it. Not too long ago, Powers cut his list to a workable five and now, three schools look like they’re beginning to separate themselves.
Powers, 6-4, 225 pounds is one of the nation’s top rush end prospects. He has good speed coming off the edge, is well coached and plays with a non-stop motor. His Serra team started the season 6-0 before dropping two in a row, both losses as painful as can be.
“We lost to St. Francis, our league rival who we haven’t beaten in like 20 some years. That was devastating because for some reason, we just didn’t come to play. Then we had to play Valley Christian who was undefeated and won the championship last year with Jeff Schweiger.
“With 12 second left we scored a touchdown to do up four points. They returned the kickoff to their 30 and with just four seconds left, I’m thinking this game is over. So their quarterback throws a Hail Mary, two of our defensive backs collide, another one misjudges the ball and their receiver catches it, in stride, and runs for a touchdown and we end up losing. That was just brutal way to lose a game.”
Powers recently narrowed his list to Cal, Stanford, Arizona State, Oregon and Nebraska but due to a hectic schedule, will likely only have time to take three trips.
“Once football is over, I go right in to basketball so I really don’t think I’ll be able to take more than just three visits,” Powers said. “Those three will be to Cal, Stanford and ASU. The others aren’t necessarily out of it since I have seen them before, but the three schools that I’m visiting do have an advantage right now.
“If I can fit in a fourth visit, it will be to Nebraska, I still like them a lot but I just don’t see how I’ll be able to do that. I still haven’t set up any of my trip dates yet but will be doing that real soon. I’m hoping to make my decision fairly quickly after my last visit so I can get the whole recruiting thing out of the way.”