• John Macon Gillespie

SES AL: Powe Loves Being A Leopard

Blount High safety Zsajuan Powe was all set to attend the very first Fortius Project combine, which was held on March 5th at Petal High, but those plans were changed due to a track meet. Now, he has his sights set on June 4th when Fortius comes to Biloxi High.

Powe is set on experiencing Fortius due to the competition and the opportunity for improvement.

“A lot of great athletes are attending the camps and I love competition. The coaches are actually out there to not only evaluate you, but to help you to become a better player,” Powe told SES Alabama.

“I am a very scrappy player. I’m a very physical for a strong safety with good closing speed, and I can tackle in open space. That will show at Fortius.”

On May 4th, a full month before he competes at Fortius, his school will kick off spring practice. He is ready for the chance to get back to practice so he can show just what all he’s been working on this offseason.

“The work I have been putting in will show,” he said when asked about his excitement for practice to start back. “I’m just going to have fun with my brothers and enjoy my last season at Blount.”

“I’ve been working a lot on my hips, footwork, quickness and speed. That’s outside of being in the weight room every day with my team. I’ve been working on jump rope consistently and doing drills to get my hips and feet better.”

Being at Blount is something that is very important to Powe and he feels blessed to be a part in such an esteemed program. He also understands that is something that is earned through constant hard work. But that is something he is accustomed to, considering he’s watched his parents and his older brother work hard and succeed.

“That pushes me to be great,” Powe said of the example his family set for him.

“It’s really an honor to be playing at a school with so much tradition and love for their program. Playing at Blount means you’re around the best athletes in the city(Mobile) on a daily basis. So you have to be a baller to stand out.”

The leopards finished 11-2 last season, after losing their second round class 6A playoff matchup against Bessemer City.

“It was a great season. We were the best defense in the state at one point,” Powe explained.

Next Fall the ball-hawking safety has expectations for his team to take things a step further than 2015. Personally, he has three things in mind that he would like to accomplish in his final season at Blount.

“To win the State championship,” he said when asked about expectations for 2016. “I expect nothing less. And I want to finish out with the best defense in the state. For me, I just want to enjoy myself, make plays an dominate my opponent.”

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