Powell, a 6-foot-4 295-pound defensive tackle from Ahoskie (N.C.) Hertford County, revealed that the Virginia Tech coaching staff has recruited him hard since the early parts of his recruitment.
The pressure has paid off as Powell claims the Hokies are basically neck-and-neck with childhood favorite North Carolina.
"[I like] the way they play and rotate their defensive lineman," said Powell. "They're always keeping me informed by sending me stats.
"I'm looking forward to getting back down there."
Powell, who attended the Hokies' spring game, has scheduled an official visit to Blacksburg for January 26th. He will also officially visit Florida State on January 19th and is in the process of working a date out with Penn State. He is considering UNC and Florida for his final two official visit slots.
During his senior season, Powell posted yet another excellent year with 135 tackles and 14 sacks. He also added four touchdowns in limited action at fullback.