Recruit Lansford Watson, commitments Mike Paulus and Ryan Houston, and freshman wide receiver Hakeem Nicks all spent a good bit of time with Powell, a 6-foot-4 295-pounder from Ahoskie [N.C.] Hertford County.
"They were all asking me when I was going to make my choice on a school," said Powell. "I told them I'm just trying to wait it out.
"They were just telling me how good Carolina was. And they were telling me they went ahead and got there's over with because it feels so good to finally get it over with. You don't have to worry about it; you can concentrate on your season and your schoolwork."
Powell isn't quite ready to get his recruitment over with.
"It's hard to say right now," said Powell. "I'm going to try to wait it out. Like I told everybody else, I'm just going to try to keep it open for right now."
Powell, who is looking to announce at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl if selected, denies a leader or any favorites, but will have a final five by the end of August.
Before that point, Powell will camp at Florida [July 22nd] and make an unofficial visit to Florida State in August.
Powell has already camped at N.C. State, Virginia Tech, and UNC – twice.
The difference between his experience in Chapel Hill and other places is the family atmosphere of the coaching staff, he said.
"I talk to all the coaches," said Powell. "It's like Coach [Kenny] Browning is my father and all the other coaches are my brothers. I just talk to all of them like they are my family. They're great guys to be around. I just love being up there."
According to Scout.com, Powell is the 14th ranked defensive tackle in the nation.
During his junior season at Hertford County, Powell recorded 11 sacks.