Powell was impressed by his recruiting coach from North Carolina, Tommy Thigpen.
"I'd say Coach Thigpen is 50 percent of the reason I chose North Carolina," he said. "He is really cool and I like the way he recruited me."
Powell's teammate Aaris Reed came close to committing to UNC as well.
"He wanted to commit but our coach wanted him to check out a few more schools," Powell said. Meanwhile, Coach Dominic Zaccarelli gave Powell the green light to pull the trigger and tell Coach Bunting the good news.
"Coach Bunting asked me if I lived football, and I said, ‘Yes,'" said Powell. "He said, ‘Good, because that is the kind of player we want.'"