"I had been up to Wake for a Junior Day. Coach McCartney seems like a good guy. I've been talking with both Coach Mac and Coach Himebauch. They seem really interested in me, but would like me to come back for camp to see how well I work in the scheme of things in the defense. I'll be heading down there for camp in early June."
Powell has picked up offers from Hampton, James Madison, Old Dominion, Temple, and William & Mary in the early going. He's built a five month relationship with the Deacon staff and is hoping an offer is extended.
"It was in December when [Wake Forest] came by my school," he said. "That's when I first hear from them. I really like the school. They play ACC competition but it's still a small school with a great family atmosphere. They're always competitive and want to win. It's also a good place to have a degree from. Not a lot of people can say they have a degree from Wake Forest."
In his junior season at Cosby, Powell made 85 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, and three forced fumbles. He was named first team All-District, All-Region, All-Metro, and All-State honorable mention.
"My biggest strength is my get off," Powell stated. "Every single coach I talk to mentions they've never seen a get off the ball as quick as mine. I'm still willing and ready to hit hard, make tackles behind the line, and finish plays.
Beside Wake Forest, Powell says he's been getting the most attention from Virginia Tech, Maryland, and Michigan. He's also hearing from Penn State, East Carolina, Rutgers, N.C. State, UNC, UVA, and Iowa.
"The main thing I'm looking at is the quality of the degree," explained Powell. "My goal is to one day play in the NFL. I realize, however, if that doesn't happen I'm going to need a degree that will give me an advantage over the rest of the graduates entering the work force. I'd like to study sports medicine or do something that will lead to a career in coaching. I really enjoy coaching. I coach little kids around here and love doing it."
Powell has turned heads this spring on the combine circuit taking home Defensive Line MVP honors at both VTOSports in Charlotte and National Underclassmen in New Jersey. He wrestled this winter at Cosby and is currently competing in shot put for track and field.