"It went real well – I didn't know it was going to turn out like that," said Powell. "Just being around the players, I just felt like I was at home. That's what I'm looking for."
Sunday afternoon Powell exited East Carolina's campus and headed directly for Chapel Hill to have his first meeting with the new members of UNC's coaching staff – especially John Blake.
"They were some great guys," said Powell. "Coach Blake has a lot of experience with NFL guys. It seems like he can teach me a lot of technique and things like that."
This weekend Powell heads to Clemson for his official visit with the Tigers. He will then be a part of UNC's big official visit gathering the following weekend. Powell will conclude his official visit schedule with consecutive trips to Virginia Tech (January 26th) and Penn State (February 2nd).
"I've just got to go to these four visits left and see how they are," said Powell. "If none of them fit me like East Carolina fit me then things might be shocking. At East Carolina, it just fit me. So I've just got to go to these other places and see if they fit me."
Powell goes as far as to crown the Pirates his new leader.
"Yeah [ECU is my leader], because I haven't been on any other visits," said Powell. "I'll have to see how things go at Clemson – things might change. But right now, ECU is in the lead."
Despite his familiarity with the program, Powell's former leader, North Carolina, has some ground to make up during his official visit to Chapel Hill.
"I've been there a lot, but I've never been around the players like that," said Powell. "I need to stay with them a few nights, things like that."
Powell is the No. 8-ranked defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com.