A product of Palma (Calif.) High School, the 6-6 245-pound Powers originally committed to Arizona State in January 2013. He visited the Tempe campus the same month.
Powers chose Todd Graham’s Sun Devils over Utah and Washington State. He had offers from at least six schools.
The Monterey Herald’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 as a junior, Powers was a three-year starter for Palma, creating havoc the moment he stepped on the field sporting No. 50 as a sophomore.
Opponents often ran in the opposite direction of Powers, while double teams became a weekly ordeal when teams went into passing situations.
While Powers didn’t put up eye-popping numbers in sacks last fall, he was a disruptive force with his size, swatting passes down while collapsing the pocket with his strength and deceptive speed.
Academically, Powers has a 3.5 GPA and scored a 1520 on his first attempt of the SAT.
With its 62-26 defeat of the Navy Midshipmen in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, Arizona State closed last year’s football season on a successful note. Under the hand of first-year head coach Todd Graham, the Sun Devils achieved an 8-5 record, won their first bowl game since 2005, and most importantly, set the stage for further achievements in the coming years.
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