"I actually hadn't talked to them very much," Powell admitted. "I went to talk to my coach at school today and he told me to call Coach (Clark) Lea from Syracuse. I called him and they said they wanted to offer me.
"They had just seen my film and they thought I was a really good football player. I got a chance to talk to the d-line coach (Tim Daoust) a little bit too, which was good. They said they'd love to get me up on campus at some point. Check things out and maybe even go to a camp if I wanted to. I think he said he was going to come back down next week to visit me at school."
Despite his long list of offers, Powell was excited about his Syracuse offer. He is impressed by the Orange but is still learning about the program.
"It's exciting, you know," Powell said. "They're going to the ACC next year and that's big. It's always exciting to get an offer from a big school like that. I think it'll definitely help me with some of the other ACC schools too. Now that them and Boston College have offered, other schools can see that I can play in the ACC. So that's always good."
There are no early favorites for the 6-foot-4 prospect, and no rush to make a decision. Visits will be key as he tries to find the best fit.
"I'm still wide open right now," Powell explained. "No real favorites or leaders. I just want to look at all the schools. All the pros and cons. It's definitely a process and it's getting kind of crazy now. I want to take a good hard look at everything. It would be nice to get it done right before the football season this year.
"But if there was an opportunity that couldn't happen until during the season or after the season, I'd be open to waiting."