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Arizona Football Hits a Home Run with Colby Powers

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. does not rate Powers with its star system in football.

Matt Moreno of 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 Commits

OLBJackson Bailey6-1/220Red Oak (TX) HS5/8/2020
RBJames Bohls 6-0/195San Clemente (CA) HS8/23/2020
DTEvan Branch-Haynes6-2/270S.F. Sacred Heart HS6/7/2020
OLBKolbe Cage6-0/205New Orleans Holy Cross HS5/5/2020
CBJavione Carr5-11/160Arlington (TX) Sam Houston HS9/10/2020
OT Luke Eckardt6-7/265Richmond (IL) Richmond-Burton HS7/17/2020
ILBDJ Fryar6-3/205Steilacoom (WA) HS7/4/2020
DEKevon Garcia 6-2/215Houston Dekaney HS6/15/2020
OCJT Hand6-3/285Mission VIejo (CA) HS5/31/2020
DEJa'Quez Harvey6-4/245Los Angeles Locke HS7/28/2020
SDalton Johnson5-10/180Katy (TX) HS6/15/2020
RBMontrell Johnson Jr.5-11/200New Orleans De La Salle HS7/6/2020
WRTyrese Johnson6-1/190New Orleans Booker T. Washington HS7/20/2020
ATHLogan Kraut 6-2/190Santa Rosa (CA) Carrillo HS7/12/2020
QB Clay Millen6-3/188Snoqualmie (WA) Mt. Si HS6/19/2020
CBJakelyn Morgan6-1/175Tyler (TX) Legacy HS8/27/2020
DEAlex Navarro-Silva 6-5/220Riverside (CA) CC 6/27/2020
ILBKC Ossai6-1.222Conroe (TX) Oak Ridge HS8/2/2020
OTCade Parrish 6-5/295Snow College (UT) CC8/1/2020
DEJa'Marian Peterson6-3/238New Orleans De La Salle HS7/26/2020
TE/QBColby Powers 6-4/235Klein Collins (TX) HS6/26/2020
RBStevie Rocker Jr.6-0/185CDO HS7/16/2020
ILBMatthew Weerts6-2/217Batavia (IL) HS6/22/2020

FOLLOW TROY HUTCHISON ON TWITTER! 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.

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