Signing Day Impact: Tyvis Powell

Three-star safety Tyvis Powell has already enrolled at Ohio State, and will be participating in spring football. Powell was one of the more vocal members of the 2012 recruiting class, often proclaiming his loyalty to Ohio State.

One of the more vocal members of Ohio State's 2012 recruiting class is Bedfors (OH) safety Tyvis Powell. The three-star prospect has enrolled at Ohio State, where he will be ready for spring football.

Powell will face a very crowded depth chart at Ohio State, and the 6-foot-2, 185-pound, athlete might benefit from a redshirt season. He does have the ability to be a contributor on special teams early in his career.


Powell is a very raw prospect, but with an impressive skill set. He combines long arms with fine speed, and could be someone who gets a shot at cornerback early in the process.

To Powell's credit, Bedford head coach Sean Williams raved about the player's attitude, work ethic and his ability to take coaching. That should serve Powell well at Ohio State.


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, 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."

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