Powell, a 6-foot-4 295-pound defensive tackle from Ahoskie (N.C.) Hertford County, listed the Tar Heels as his leader for most of the early part of his recruitment, but opened things up when interest from other schools peaked..
In addition to naming a leader, Powell has eliminated all but three schools from contention.
"I dropped down to three schools – UNC, Virginia Tech, and Penn State," said Powell. "All the other schools are coming real hard, especially Florida.
"Me and my mother, we had a long talk and there's just so many [schools]. She said, ‘Just don't keep playing with coaches' minds.' I had Nebraska and all that, she said ‘You know you're not going to go all the way there, so why keep them calling?' I just took her advice and just knocked some schools down."
Powell has official visits with all three schools lined up – UNC on January 19th, Virginia Tech on January 26th, and PSU on January 12th.
While practicing with North Carolina's Shrine Bowl team Thursday morning, Powell sustained a minor injury to his right shoulder.
"It's just a little stinger," said Powell. "I came up off the ball a little high in the air and the offensive tackle just caught me in the shoulder. Everything's all right, though. I should be ready for Saturday."
Powell won't participate in Thursday's afternoon practice and Friday's lone practice is non-contact, so Powell won't see full contact until the game.