Feb 4, 2016
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El Cerrito High star D.J. Powe has signed a letter of intent to play football for the University of Nevada Wolfpack next season, a team that has played in two consecutive bowl games under head coach Brian Polian.

Nevada announced its 23 National Letters of Intent signees Wednesday. Polian said next season’s freshman class addresses significant needs on the team. What the coach said next says a lot about Powe, who amassed 96 tackles and four sacks as a senior.

“Most importantly, our staff feels strongly that we have added another group of young men who have high character, place an emphasis on their education, and who will represent the university and the community the right way,” Polian said.

Powe was also recruited by Fresno State and San Jose State but chose Nevada “because it felt the most like home,” according to the Wolfpack.

“D.J. is exciting because he is a raw athlete with a tremendous amount of upside,” Polian said. “He played all over the field in high school on both offense and defense, but we are going to focus his efforts at linebacker. We are excited about his speed, his aggressiveness and his physical frame. With some time in our strength program, he is going to grow into a big man who can run.”

Powe, the son of Yolanda and Claude Powe, is one of three linebackers to sign letters of intent Wednesday. The others are Lawson Hall (Harbor City, Calif.) and Alec Simpson (Pacific Palisades, Calif.).

Check out some of Powe’s impressive senior season highlights with El Cerrito High here.

Image courtesy of the University of Nevada


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.