Powell, a 6-foot-4 295-pound defensive tackle from Ahoskie (N.C.) Hertford, has already revealed that Penn State and Miami have made the cut. The Tar Heels – who were his admitted leader for much of his recruitment -- are certainly expected to be among that final group, too.
Originally, Powell had official visits scheduled with both Penn State and Miami, but the Hurricanes have asked to move the trip from Sept. 4 to a later date. He will still officially visit Penn State on October 14th for the Michigan game.
Instead of heading to Miami, Powell will unofficially visit North Carolina this weekend.
"I'm going to the game this weekend when they play Rutgers," said Powell. "I'm going to hang out with Coach [Kenny] Browning and Coach [John] Bunting probably the next day or something."
Before leaving Chapel Hill, Powell plans to discuss with the UNC coaching staff the scheduling dilemma he's having with his official visits.
"I'm going to see what's going on," said Powell. "I'm going to try and talk to them and just tell them that I want to go to the schools that I don't think I can get to [for official visits]."
Monday night, his recruitment was a secondary concern. Powell was rushed to the hospital after his pinky finger got caught in a teammate's facemask during practice.
"I had to get seven stitches," said Powell. "I'm ok. I'm going to still play Friday. I'm going to wrap it before Friday."
In just two games, Powell has collected 26 tackles and five sacks for Hertford. The Bears are undefeated and have beaten their two opponents by an average of 18 points.