Powell, from Rancho Verde High School, in Moreno Valley, California, won the award by dominating the line of scrimmage from his defensive end spot. He finished with five tackles and added a sack, and showed why he was one of the heaviest recruited players in the country. For good measure, Powell also caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from West quarterback Connor Wood. Later in the fourth quarter, Powell returned a failed point after touchdown attempt 100 yards for a two-point score.
"I give all the credit all to God," Powell said of his sparkling performance. "This MVP award means a lot to me, to tell you the truth. After last night, I didn't win the player of the year award, so when I went to bed last night I decided I would win the MVP. I just pictured myself with this great trophy in my hand."
Powell enjoyed his time playing in the United States Army All-American Bowl, and felt honored to be around the servicemen all week.
"Man, the United States Army is incredible," Powell stressed. "The people from the Army have treated me so well this week and I can't thank them enough. To the young people out there, if you ever have a chance, you have to play in this game."