Washington State has added a fourth verbal commitment in the 2015 class, with safety Kameron Powell committing on Tuesday, as first reported by Britton Ransford of WazzuWatch.com. Powell is 5-foot-11 and is a high school teammate of quarterback Tyler Hilinski, who verbally committed to WSU two weeks ago.
The recruiting services vary slightly on Powell, with Scout rating him as a 4-star prospect and the No. 25 safety in the 2015 class. Rivals has him as a 3-star prospect, but the No. 22 safety in the class. 247Sports also has him as a 3-star prospect and the No. 40 safety. Regardless of the stars next to his name, Powell is a well-regarded prospect at a position of need. He committed to WSU over reported offers from Colorado, Oregon State, Washington and Utah among others.
The commitment isn't a major surprise, as Powell indicated the idea of playing with Hilinski at the next level could potentially sway his decision.
"It plays a big role because me and Tyler click and we're pretty close so that plays a big role," Powell said in April, via Rivals. "They played that up to me and they offered some other guys on our team, too. I think they could offer even more guys so that always plays a big role. We kind of want to stay together and I like the guys I'm playing with and we have a good vibe."
WSU has an offer out to Upland outside linebacker Joshua Woods and a couple of other teammates project as FBS prospects. Powell said he and a few teammates will take a trip up to Pullman this summer, according to Britton Ransford of WazzuWatch.com ($). He also said he isn't planning to visit any other schools. In fact, he's already working on getting other players to Pullman.
"I know a lot of kids that have interest in Washington State that I'm going to try to get up there with me," Powell said, via WazzuWatch. "I'm for sure going to try to get Dechaun Holiday up there and a bunch of other San Diego guys. I'll talk to Cordell [Broadus] and see if we can work something out."
The secondary has been a problem area for WSU in recent seasons with depth at safety hard to come by. With Powell and Austin Joyner -- who could project at safety or corner -- now verbally committed, the Cougars have done well to solidify that depth in the 2015 class.
Powell is listed between 178 and 192 pounds. Regardless of the actual number, he will have some filling out to do; however, he proved he can still lay the wood at his size, dishing out a number of big hits in his junior highlights on Hudl. Powell becomes the fourth commitment in the 2015 class with Rivals and Scout both listing three of the four as 4-star prospects. Ken Wilson was Powell's primary recruiter.
*An earlier version of this story incorrectly attributed the first report to another reporter. We regret the error.