Powell, a 6-foot-4 295-pound defensive tackle from Ahoskie (N.C.) Hertford County, spoke with Browning late Monday night regarding the situation.
"He just called and let me know the news," said Powell. "He just said he just really wanted to see what the new coach does. He said he couldn't promise that he'd be there."
The entire situation will have to unfold before Powell can develop a true opinion on its effects on his recruitment.
"We just have to wait it out and see, because it's still kind of bothering me a little," said Powell. "We just have to wait it out and see what the whole deal is.
"It doesn't really hurt [UNC's] chances. Like I said, I love Coach Bunting – he's a great guy, but the whole special bond is with Coach Browning."
Currently, Powell has an official trip scheduled with Auburn for November 11th. He plans to also officially visit Florida, Penn State, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech after his senior season.
Although he currently doesn't plan to take an official visit with UNC, Powell has always maintained that the Tar Heels, who were his childhood favorite and former leader, are very much in the running for his February signature.
Powell has already attended both the Rutgers and Virginia Tech games in Chapel Hill earlier in the season. Also, he participated in the Tar Heels' three-day individual camp in June and one-day individual camp in July.