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2022 OH LB Gabe ‘Special’ Powers is a Buckeye!!!

Discussion in 'Football Recruiting' started by HotMic, Nov 15, 2019.

  1. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Just about all the factors we mention for Tshabola being Ohio State's first commitment carry over in making the case for Powers. Recently ranked as the top Ohioian in the 2022 class by 247Sports, Powers stands out 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds with the ability to play many spots on the defense.

    Ranked as an outside linebacker, Powers has also shown the ability to play middle linebacker or rush off the edge making him very versatile. Similar to Tshabola, Powers is a multi-sport athlete that also puts his length and athleticism on display on the hardwood. He joins Tshabola as the second of two Buckeye state sophomores that have received an Ohio State offer.

    The Buckeyes were Powers's fourth offer when they offered last November joining the likes of Colorado, Florida State, and Michigan. Since that Ohio State offer, schools such as Notre Dame, Wisconsin, and Penn State have thrown their hat into the race for Powers' talents.

    Nonetheless, Powers grew up less than an hour from Columbus and dreamed of wearing a Buckeye jersey. Those key factors coupled with an early offer and lots of recruiting by Ohio State linebackers coach Al Washington make Powers a likely early Ohio State commitment.

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  2. ShowMeBuck

    ShowMeBuck You know what? Chicken butt.

  3. Akron Rick

    Akron Rick Junior

    Any relation (maybe grandson?) to old time wrestling star Johnny Powers?
  4. Buckeye1

    Buckeye1 Senior

    I am hoping he is related to Austin Powers :-)
  5. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

  6. Smudger

    Smudger #ImYourHuckleberry Staff Member BP Recruiting Team 2x BP FBB Champ '14 NFL Pick'em Champ Former FF The Deuce Champ Former Hockey Champ Former FF Keeper Champ ‘18 Premier League Champ

    The Bank with a CB in for tOSU.
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  7. HotMic

    HotMic Mr. so-and-so Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

    Wiltfong CB for Ohio State
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  8. bucknut502

    bucknut502 Senior

    Powers, Hicks, McCullough...That’s some serious Linebacker length!
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  9. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    We waiting for a commitment to put "special" in the kid's name?
  10. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

  11. HotMic

    HotMic Mr. so-and-so Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

  12. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  13. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.



    As we continue to discuss the 2022 class, one of the Buckeyes’ main positions of need is linebackers, with three linebackers starting to look like the number they will be shooting for. Gabe Powers, while listed as a linebacker, is likely to grow into a defensive end. That's the position we’ve been told Ohio State sees him transitioning to if he plays in Columbus. (Just to rehash, Powers has been adamant about being more than willing to make the switch in the past)

    In May, Powers had talked about possibly waiting another year to make a decision due to the uncertainty surrounding the dead period and inability to take visits.

    There’s no major update here, but he has told us that his recruitment is going well right now and that he and his family are essentially waiting things out until things open back up and he can get out to make more visits. As of right now, Powers’ decision timeline runs parallel to when the dead period is lifted and visits are allowed.

    Even though it may seem like a foregone conclusion that the in-state Marysville star will end up with the Buckeyes (and it’s a unanimous belief among myself and every analyst who covers Ohio State recruiting that that will be the case), it’s not set in stone yet. Don’t expect a decision to be made until visits are allowed again and Powers has explored all of his options.

    That could change, of course, but Powers is a patient, strong-headed type of person, and he and his family are being very thorough in the process. This is a decision that’s only going to be made one time for a guy like Powers, whose commitment will be a lock whenever he makes it and wherever he chooses.

    “Wherever I commit is where I will stay,” Powers said.

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  14. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.


    The first time that Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown ever spoke with Mike Powers, the father of Marysville (Ohio) High School linebacker Gabe Powers, he didn’t beat around any sort of bushes and there was no b.s.

    “He told me, ‘I’ve only ever offered a scholarship to two players who I’ve never seen play a varsity snap,’” Mike Powers recalls Brown saying. “‘One played for 10 years in the NFL; the other played for 15 years in the NFL.’”

    Mike can’t remember the names of the two players Brown mentioned, but the Wolverine assistant soon added Gabe as the third member of that list. That offer came last September, as Michigan became the first top-tier college program to offer Powers. He had only played in one game thus far during a sophomore season that saw Marysville beat the brakes off Northland, 49-0, in the season opener, but it didn’t matter. There was more than enough there to warrant an offer.

    Florida State followed the next month, Ohio State followed in November, and now Powers holds offers from Michigan State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Stanford, Tennessee and USC among nearly 20 total offers. His stock has only continued to rise over the last 10 months, and it will continue rising up from his standing as the No. 43 overall player, No. 4 outside linebacker in American and No. 1 player in Ohio’s 2022 class.

    So Powers has many options, and even though Ohio State lies just 30-35 minutes to the southeast of Marysville’s football stadium, Powers is not planning on making a commitment anytime soon. He has said previously that he is likely wanting to wait until next spring or summer to make a commitment, and he is maintaining that decision timeline.

    “That’s still my timeline right now,” Powers told Eleven Warriors. “I still wanna get out to visit schools because I wanna see coaches. I’ve got a lot of schools so I don’t wanna leave one out but there’s West Virginia, Penn State, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Michigan, Arkansas, Georgia Tech.”

    Powers is the type of person to stay loyal and not back out of a commitment, so he wants to be 100 percent sure it’s the right fit for him. He also wants to get a chance to see practices in person so that he can better analyze the tactics of his possible future position coach.

    “I just want to go where I feel really loved and where I fit in, so I’ve gotta take some visits and see how they coach,” Powers said. “I wanted to get to some spring ball this year with some teams just to see how they coach. But that couldn’t happen so I just wanna wait until I can get out there and see how they coach and interact with their players – to see which ones really love me and where I’d fit in the best.

    “When I say fit in, I don’t wanna say coaching style because I’d fit in with any coaching style – I’ve been coached by my dad all my life – but just to see which coaches are out there to actually coach and not just there to get a paycheck. I just wanna see if they really love their guys and if they like being there.”

    When looking at it through an Ohio State lens, even though he hasn’t seen linebackers coach Al Washington lead a Buckeye practice – as was the plan in the spring before the nationwide COVID-19-induced shutdown – both he and his father have liked what they have heard, and they are happy with the relationship they’ve built with Washington.

    “There’s not enough good things I can say about that man,” said Mike Powers, a former captain and All-American Mike linebacker at the University of Findlay.

    “Coach Washington has shown a lot of love,” Gabe Powers said. “At the Penn State and Michigan State game, I met his family, and he’s very down to earth and seems like a player’s coach. I actually talked to a couple players who graduated this year, and they all love it there. They love Coach Day, and they were talking to me about the school. They have nothing to lose. They’re going to play in the NFL now, and they had nothing but good things to say.”

    One of those players was former Buckeye long snapper Liam McCullough: “Long snappers practice with the linebackers sometimes, and he got to know Coach Washington, and he had nothing but good things to say about him,” Powers said.

    Powers and Washington have spoken over the phone and through Zoom meetings several times, and with each conversation, there has been at least one constant: Washington and the Buckeyes’ vision for Powers has not changed.

    Even though I have spent plenty of space in past Hurry-Ups saying that Ohio State’s plan is to move Powers to defensive end in college, that is not the plan. It’s not entirely out of the question, because Powers still has two more years left in high school and his body could develop to the point where defensive end becomes the best place for him.

    But as of right now and into the foreseeable future, the plan is for Powers to remain at strongside linebacker and for the Buckeyes to use him at the hybrid linebacker/defensive back position, similar to how they have recruited Kourt Williams and C.J. Hicks. That’s how Washington has been recruiting Powers, and that is very unlikely to change anytime soon.

    “I’ll play wherever. It doesn’t affect me at all,” Powers said. “I’ll compete wherever I go so it doesn’t matter if I play tight end or lineman.”


    “(Defensive end) isn’t the plan,” Powers said. “That’s what we were talking with Coach Washington about. He said, ‘No, we’re recruiting you as a linebacker.’

    “Like you said, covering tight ends and being a hybrid. I still gotta get down there and see where I’d go because if I put on weight, it just depends on where my body takes me. I don’t play a position. I play football. They’ve just told me about the hybrid and being able to cover tight ends, playing on the line and rushing off the edge, stuff like that.”
  15. HotMic

    HotMic Mr. so-and-so Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

    Ohio State CB from the Kentucky insider
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