- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
Arizona State made a push for a two-way lineman from California this past weekend and was rewarded almost immediately, as the Sun Devils gained commitment No. 24 for their 2013 recruiting class.
Defensive tackle Jack Powers (Salinas, Calif./Palma) was contacted by Arizona State last Thursday and an official visit was quickly scheduled. On Sunday, the Sun Devils coaches had seen enough of the 6-foot-6, 248-pound Powers to extend a scholarship offer.
Powers said head coach Todd Graham told him to return home and talk about the offer with his family. On Tuesday, Arizona State offensive line coach Bob Connelly followed up with an in-home visit, and Powers committed.
"I went on official last weekend and kind of fell in love," Powers said. "I met all the coaches and really liked them. I like the program they're running and how they were able to transform the program in one year. I met some players and really liked them. I thought they were determined and on course to be really successful."
Powers spent most of his high school career at defensive end, but was asked to play tight end toward the end of his senior season. Those offensive tape were sent to college coaches, who saw something in Powers on that side of the ball. Now, schools are recruiting him heavily as an offensive tackle, which is where the Sun Devils coaches envision him playing. Powers played some offensive tackle previously, but a majority of his time was spent along the defensive line.
"It was different at first," Powers said of being recruited as an offensive tackle. "But I trust the coaches. They told me I could be good at defense, but they think I could play on Sunday's at tackle. That's exciting to me and I'm down to do that. It's an exciting change."
This could be the beginning of a late rush for Powers, as Texas Tech coaches visited his school on Wednesday and Wisconsin is showing interest as well. But Powers said he isn't concerned about other schools joining the mix and that is he very comfortable with his decision to commit to Arizona State.