The 6-3, 180-pound defensive back landed a coveted scholarship offer from Ohio State last Tuesday and quickly set a date to make his announcement. Viewed as a strong lean toward the Buckeyes, Powell told BSB that the resignation of head coach Jim Tressel will have no impact on his decision.
Friday, Powell said his final decision would come down to OSU, Michigan State and West Virginia. With his mind already made up, the defensive back said he used a number of factors when reaching a decision.
"I was thinking about life after the NFL and I thought about the coaching staff and the facilities and the academics that I would get," he said. "What would be the best college to be able to play football and be able to get a good education from?"
Powell was working out with his head coach, Sean Williams, when the coach's wife sent a text message delivering the Tressel news. The duo then looked it up on Twitter and Powell immediately placed a phone call to OSU cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson.
"He sounded like he still thinks they will have a good season," Powell said. "He didn't want it to bother anybody. It didn't sound like it really bothered him – he was still really focused on the season."
Given the lateness of their scholarship offer, the Buckeyes have not been heavily recruiting Powell for long. Although his conversations with Tressel had mostly been short, Powell said the coach hinted that something could be in the offing.
"I was shocked (at first)," he said. "Then I remembered he said he would leave if he felt that he was hurting the kids. I guess he's looking out for the kids and he's doing what he feels is right for the kids so I don't really fault him.
"We had a good relationship from the times I saw him. We always had a couple of laughs."
Although his phone has mostly been silent since the news broke, Powell said all was not quiet in his world.
"A couple coaches hit me up on Facebook from other schools," he said.
Asked if he was surprised, Powell said, "Not at all. I was expecting it."
BuckeyeSports.com will have coverage from Powell's announcement Wednesday.