The need for a good academic institution as well as a football team are equally important to Powers. It just so happens that he was able to visit the No. 1 and the No. 2 schools in producing Academic All-Americans recently.
"I liked Nebraska," Powers said. "I knew about the football aspect. I had to figure out how they stood academically. They value the academics as much as their football. Overall, it went pretty well."
Power was in attendance while camp was in session, but did not participate. He admits that there wasn't one thing that stood out over the other. A couple of weeks after visiting Nebraska he visited Notre Dame.
"I just got back Monday morning. It's definitely a football town. That the first impression that you get when you see all of the football parking signs. There is a lot to do there, things to see. The College Football Hall of Fame is there."
"I thought South Bend was similar to Lincoln. South Bend seemed a bit more spread out. Overall I think that I liked Nebraska a little better. I'm still open."
Right now Powers is content with thinking about what is important in his decision and trimming his list based on those thoughts. "I should have a top five or six in the next week or so. I may try to work it down to a top three or four. If necessary I will take all five official visits."
Powers doesn't like to tip his hand. He has always had an open mind and never mentioned any favorites. He did add that he would probably be taking an official visit to Nebraska.
During the unofficial visits Powers got what he was hoping for. "I got a lot more time there at the schools. The unofficial visits gave me more personal attention."
Powers stands at 13 or 14 offers and is not planning any camps at this point and is probably done taking unofficials. Powers earned first-team all-area and a second-team all-state honors last year as a junior.