"I just felt like it was best for me. I felt like me taking those visits made them uneasy and as a family uneasy. My whole visit at Florida was outstanding, but I would have certain moments that it would strike me. My family that I brought put a lot of pressure on me. I just feel like I need to step back and take this process all over again," he said.
"I just want to step back into the process and evaluate my schools without anyone pressuring me."
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound linebacker has mentioned wanting to visit USC, Miami, and Oregon before truly locking in a final decision. He said he got the feeling the Florida coaches were uncomfortable with him taking those visits.
"I talked to coaches about (visits) all the time, but when I told them that I wanted to to open up and see some schools, I felt like that was the only thing they wanted to talk about when we talked. It just felt awkward for me," he said.
"It kind of brought me down because I felt like I was disappointing them."
Powell plans to take visits to those other three schools and make a final decision somewhere closer to Signing Day. He has no leaders right now and says if it's up to him, Florida is still in the picture.
"I'm still considering Florida if they decide to keep that offer. I love the Gators," he said.
"I just want everybody to know that the coaches are awesome, it wasn't the program that made me change my mind, the fans are awesome. It's just the overall aspect of where I feel my mind is and what is best for me."