Bedford head coach Sean Williams knows Powell better than anyone, and the former Ohio University standout is more than qualified to discuss the defensive back's strengths and weaknesses. Following his college career, Williams played briefly in the NFL.
"Seeing Ohio State accept Tyvis' commitment is a special day for me, because of this kid's work ethic," Williams stated. "I played defensive back in college and in the NFL, so I think I'm qualified to accurately evaluate Division-I college talent. I think Tyvis has been underrated by Scout.com, and we've talked about this before."
"As I keep saying, Powell is going to be a cornerback at the next level, using his length and quickness in coverage," he continued. "But at Bedford, we cannot play him at cornerback, because every opponent would just stay away from him. So, like most good high school defensive backs, he plays free safety where he is always in the middle of the action."
Since Scout.com has Powell listed as a safety, and a three-star prospect, based off watching him in person and film evaluation, Williams' viewpoint carried a lot of weight because of his background and seeing the player on a daily basis.
"I don't blame the scouting services at all, because you can only go by what you see on film or in games, and you can't be here for every practice," Williams continued. "We have two current NFL players from Bedford, Lee Evans and Chris Chambers. Both of them play wide receiver, so those guys know a lot about defensive back play."
"They were here last summer for our camp and they both watched Tyvis in man-on-man coverage, and they were blown away by his skill set," he added. "They saw him matched up against quick wide receivers, big receivers, whatever type you want. Tyvis locked up everyone, and both Evans and Chambers agreed with me that he will start out at cornerback in college."
Williams has discussed Powell's work ethic and leadership abilities at length in prior interviews, but his thoughts on the player's individual skill set were extremely interesting.
"I think cornerback is probably the hardest position for you guys to judge, because we high school coaches rarely play our best defensive backs at corner," he explained. "Unless I have four D-I kids, and nobody does, I cannot waste his talent on one side of the field."
"You see this often with so many high school defensive backs, and it makes it tough for college coaches to evaluate them as well," he continued. "That's why camps are so important, because you can match up whoever you want, and you can see a player's coverage ability. I have no doubt Tyvis can play corner at the next level, but he most definitely could grow into a safety or possibly a linebacker, and we have to see where his body takes him."