Redshirt junior safety Tyvis Powell has joined the expanding list of Ohio State early enrollees bolting early to the NFL.
Powell, who recorded 71 tackles during the 2015-2016 season made his decision Sunday morning via his Twitter account, the same way his teammate Darron Lee did just one day earlier.
“After deep prayer and consulting with my family, I will be foregoing my final year of eligibility at The Ohio State University,” Powell wrote. “Over these few seasons I have accomplished almost every one of my dreams that I set out for back when I committed, including being a graduate of The Ohio State University. I personally would like to thank Coach Tressel for extending me the offer and Coach Meyer for developing me physically and mentally.”
Powell is famous to Buckeye fans everywhere for his interception against Michigan in 2013 as the Wolverines attempted a two-point conversion to win the game.
He followed up that performance by intercepting a last second ‘Hail Mary’ attempt from Alabama in the 2015 Sugar Bowl to send the Buckeyes to the 2015 College Football Playoff title game.
In his final game as a Buckeye, Powell recorded five tackles and an interception against Notre Dame in the 2016 Battlefrog Fiesta Bowl to help Ohio State to a 44-28 victory.
Powell joins the likes of Joey Bosa, Ezekiel Elliott, Cardale Jones and Darron Lee as early enrollees to declare for the 2016 NFL Draft with more likely to come. Fellow safety Vonn Bell, redshirt sophomore corner back Eli Apple, and wide receivers Michael Thomas and Jalin Marshall are all considered candidates to leave for the next level.