Powell Eager to Meet Davis

With the news of Butch Davis's hiring now official, Tydreke Powell is eager to get an opportunity to get to know North Carolina's new head football coach.

"I heard about it last week, but I just found out that he officially signed [Monday]," said Powell. "I just want to get in and meet him and talk to him."

Powell, a 6-foot-4 295-pound defensive tackle from Ahoskie (N.C.) Hertford County, is still mainly concerned with the fate of recruiting coordinator Kenny Browning.

"I'm still waiting on to see if Coach Browning is going to stay there or not," said Powell. "If he doesn't stay there, there might be a lot of changes. Carolina is a great school [and] I've always liked them, but I don't want to go and know nobody and I just built a relationship with all these [former] coaches."

This past weekend, Powell was in Chapel Hill for North Carolina's ACC bout with Georgia Tech where he spent some time with Browning.

"We talked and I told him no matter what happens I'll still keep in contact with him," said Powell. "I'll always love Coach Browning no matter where I go.

"I didn't really want to talk too much about [the coaching situation]. I just told him that I'm there for him no matter what happens. I didn't want to get all into [the coaching situation], because I knew they had a big game and I didn't want to bring all that stuff back up."

Earlier in the season, Powell attended the Rutgers and Virginia Tech games. He was happy to see the fans at Kenan Stadium still adored him.

"The fans, when I walked through the stadium, they were talking to me saying ‘Come play for Butch Davis,'" said Powell. "I see they still love me and I'm not even there yet."

With Hertford County a contender for the NCHSAA 3A State Championship, Powell has decided keep his focus on his senior football season.

"I'm just trying to get through the playoffs and to the state championship," said Powell. "I'm going to focus hard on recruiting after the football season. I just told [coaches] if I don't answer the phone or get in contact with them, it's not that I'm not interested, it's just I'm trying to get a state championship."

This Friday, Hertford County has a second round match-up with Rocky Mount (N.C.) Senior. This game is even more significant as Rocky Mount was the only school to defeat Hertford County this season.

"I'm so worked up I can't even sleep at night," said Powell.

Once the season is over, Powell is looking to take official visits to Auburn, Florida, Penn State, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech.

Although Powell said he will definitely visit Chapel Hill to meet Butch Davis in the future, it will be of the unofficial variety. Powell is still sticking to his plan of using official visits to help travel to out-of-state schools.

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