Arizona added 6-foot-4 and 235-pound tight end Colby Powers from Spring (Texas) Klein Collins High School late Friday afternoon, giving the Wildcats 10 commitments in the 2021 recruiting class.
The interesting part of this commitment for Arizona is the fact he will be a dual-sport athlete, playing football and baseball.
A few players have played football and baseball at Arizona in the modern era — College Football Hall of Famer Ricky Hunley (in 1981 and 1982 when baseball had a junior varsity team), Billy Owens (1990-92), Desert Swarm member Tony Bouie (1991-94) and John Denny Jr. (2000). All four were recruited to Arizona to play football but later joined the baseball program.
Powers was named a first-team all-district first baseman at Klein Collins. He also is a left-handed pitcher.
Perfect Game posted this assessment of his baseball skills at its Web site: “Large frame with some physicality to the build and projection remaining. Primary first baseman who moves well for his size with some athleticism. Good arm strength recorded up to 81 mph across the diamond. Good hands and moves well around the bag. … Can uncork and drive the ball with some leverage and torque. Uphill swing path with strength and some pull side power. Good student.”
As a quarterback last season, he completed 91 of 159 pass attempts for 1,329 yards with seven touchdowns and six interceptions. He also rushed 65 times for 287 yards with nine touchdowns.
Rivals.com does not rate Powers with its star system in football.
Matt Moreno of GOAZCATS.com writes that Powers “fits the profile of what Arizona and offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone are looking for at the (tight end) position since he can serve a variety of roles for the Wildcats. He is capable of making plays with the ball in his hand, but he also has impressive film as a blocking tight end.”
Powers chose Arizona in football over Colorado, New Mexico, and Houston Baptist among others.
Arizona Football Class of 2021 Signees
|OLB||Jackson Bailey||6-1/220||Red Oak (TX)|
|RB||James Bohls||6-0/195||San Clemente (CA)|
|DT||Evan Branch-Haynes||6-2/270||S.F. Sacred Heart|
|OLB||Kolbe Cage||6-0/205||New Orleans Holy Cross|
|CB||Javione Carr||5-11/160||Arlington (TX) Sam Houston|
|OT||Luke Eckardt||6-7/265||Richmond (IL) Richmond-Burton|
|ILB||DJ Fryar||6-3/205||Steilacoom (WA)|
|DE||Kevon Garcia||6-2/215||Houston (TX) Dekaney|
|OC||JT Hand||6-3/285||Mission VIejo (CA)|
|S||Dalton Johnson||5-10/180||Katy (TX)|
|ATH||Logan Kraut||6-2/190||Santa Rosa (CA) Carrillo|
|CB||Jakelyn Morgan||6-1/175||Tyler (TX) Legacy|
|DE||Alex Navarro-Silva||6-5/220||Riverside (CA) CC|
|TE/QB||Colby Powers||6-4/235||Klein Collins (TX)|
|RB||Stevie Rocker Jr.||6-0/185||CDO|
|ILB||Matthew Weerts||6-2/217||Batavia (IL)|
|S||Isaiah Taylor||5-11/195||Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas|
|ATH||Anthony Simpson||5-10/180||Pawling (NY) Bloomfield|
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com writer Troy Hutchison hails from Tucson and is a lifelong Arizona Wildcats follower. He has been involved in sports journalism over the last two years while taking communications courses at Pima Community College.