NCF On The Trail: Darius Powe

Wadood decides to head for Cal

July, 2, 2013
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Four-star athlete Jaleel Wadood (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) is bound for Berkeley.

Previously committed to Arizona State, the four-star defensive back gave his verbal pledge to Cal on Tuesday at The Opening, choosing the Golden Bears over 13 other scholarship offers. Wadood, who decommitted from Arizona State on June 25 following a five-month pledge to the Sun Devils, became the ninth member and sixth in-state prospect in Cal’s 2014 class.

The 5-foot-11, 165-pound athlete picked up offers from hometown schools USC and UCLA following strong performances at the schools’ camps last month, but he intends to experience college life away from Southern California, according to a source close to his recruitment. Wadood has shown versatility throughout his high school career, playing mostly safety but also starring at cornerback, running back and receiver.

Wadood’s commitment is yet another important pickup for Cal coach Sonny Dykes and his staff. The Golden Bears also have ESPN 300 receiver Jalen Harvey (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito) in tow and, despite a poor 2012 season, are in the running for a number of the state’s other highly coveted prospects.

Cal has two players on its roster, defensive lineman Todd Barr and receiver Darius Powe, who are from Lakewood (Calif.), where Wadood played his first two years before transferring.

The local schools, meanwhile, figure to keep recruiting Wadood until the very end, especially given their needs in the defensive backfield. UCLA may have been Wadood’s most recent offer, but assistant coach Demetrice Martin has proven to be relentless in the past and will continue to pursue him. The same goes for USC, which is in desperate need of cornerbacks in this recruiting cycle after signing only Chris Hawkins in the 2013 class.

Darius Powe pulls the trigger early 

December, 10, 2011
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It didn’t take Cal long to get things rolling on its monster recruiting weekend. Wideout Darius Powe of Lakewood, Calif., confirmed via text this weekend that he’s a Bear.

Powe, one of the top receivers in the region and an Under Armour All-American, tripped to Oregon State and was also looking hard at UCLA and Utah. The Beavers appeared to be in a good spot, and Cal didn’t get heavily involved with the receiver until an in-home visit just two weeks ago.

“I’m a Bear, it’s true,” Powe said via text. “I just like it here, and I’m blessed by the opportunity to play for a school like Cal.”

We’ll have more on Powe’s decision following the weekend, but nice early momentum for the Bears in what promises to be a huge couple of days for the program.

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Powe gives Oregon State high marks 

November, 21, 2011
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Lakewood (Calif.) wide out Darius Powe took his first official visit to Oregon State over the weekend and said he enjoyed his time in Corvallis.

“I had a lot of fun there, and I liked everything about the visit,” Powe said. “It was long. I didn’t get home until late Sunday night but it was a good trip and I can definitely see myself there. They played a great game against Washington and the offense looked really explosive. The game day atmosphere and just seeing the fans go crazy was the best part of the visit for me.

“Oregon State is known for having a family feel to it, and I definitely sensed that. They have a great coaching staff, and I liked the small town feel of Corvallis. It’s different than Lakewood but I could easily get used to it. They never tried to pressure me about committing at all but I actually thought about it. The only reason I held off is because this was my first visit but Oregon State is going to be tough to beat.”

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