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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Powell switches from UCLA to Colorado

By Dan Arritt

Less than 24 hours before national signing day and high school football recruits from the Inland Empire continue to sway on their decisions, or learn that a previous offer is no longer on the table.

UCLA and Colorado are two schools in the middle of some down-to-the-wire movement involving I.E. recruits.

Christian Powell, the third-ranked fullback recruit in the nation, committed to UCLA earlier this month but switched to Colorado on Monday night, reports several outlets, including Greg Biggins of ESPN Recruiting Nation.

He would be the third player from Upland to be part of the Buffaloes' recruiting class, joining running back Donte Abron, Jr., and wide receiver/defensive back Marques Mosley. Powell, at 6 feet, 250 pounds, also played defensive line for the Highlanders, recording 15 sacks last season, but is expected to play fullback in coach Eric Bienemy's offense.

Corona Santiago offensive lineman Isaiah Folasa, also once a UCLA commit under former coach Rick Neuheisel, will reportedly sign with New Mexico State on Wednesday, according to Santiago coach Jeff Steinberg.

Folasa took a recruiting trip to Colorado the weekend of Jan. 21, but the Buffaloes were unable to accept his commitment because they had ran out of available scholarships for this class, Biggins reported. In addition to the Upland trio, Arlington defensive lineman Samson Kafovalu and Citrus Hill running back Davien Payne have also pledged to Colorado.

Here’s the latest list of recruits from the I.E.

COMMITTED RECRUITS

QB: Matt Morin, Chaparral (San Diego State); Austin Decoud, Redlands East Valley (Idaho).

RB: Donta Abron, Jr., Upland (Colorado); Davien Payne, Citrus Hill (Colorado).

FB: Christian Powell, Upland (Colorado).

WR: Aaron Peck, J.W. North (Fresno State).

ATH: Damontae Kazee, Cajon (San Diego State); Jamaal Williams, Summit (BYU).

OL: Lio Lafaele, Corona Centennial (Utah); Corey Whitaker, Vista Murrieta (Nebraska); Isaiah Folasa, Corona Santiago (New Mexico State); Aisea Hansen, Kaiser (Nevada); Kyle Hart, Ridgecrest Burroughs (San Jose State); Bobby Alvarez, Barstow (UNLV); Edmund Faimalo, Redlands East Valley (Sacramento State).

DL: Jeremy Castro, Vista Murrieta (UCLA); Milo Jordan, Corona Centennial (Arizona State); Teddy Queen, Chaparral (San Diego State); Samson Kafovalu, Arlington (Colorado).

LB: Scott Starr, Norco (USC); C.J. Dozier, Chaparral (Arizona); Reshawn Hooker, A.B. Miller (Utah); Nolan Peralta, Elsinore (Colorado State); Darnell Murray, Citrus Hill (UTEP).

DB: Donte Deayon, Summit (Boise State); Corbin McCarthy, Norco (Duke); Marques Mosley, Upland (Colorado).

UNDECIDED

ATH: Bryan Harper, Colony (UCLA, Oregon, Arizona).

WR: Kenny Lawler, Upland (Oregon State, Washington State, Oklahoma State).

OL: Kenny Clark, Carter (Washington, Fresno State); Dylan LaFrenz, Los Osos (Nevada, Arizona, Washington State, Arizona State).

LB: Robert Wagner, Colony (Utah State, Nevada, San Diego State, UTEP, Idaho, New Mexico, Fresno State).