Powell Does Not Fear Uncertainty

By Alex on June 1, 2011 at 2:14p

In a time when all news appears to be bad news for the Ohio State Buckeyes, a high school junior from Bedford, Ohio brought Buckeye Nation something positive to talk about. That good news came earlier this afternoon when defensive back Tyvis Powell announced his commitment to Ohio State despite the program going through the darkest time in it's long, rich history.

We brought you the goods on Powell last week, but if you missed it, this kid was born to be a Buckeye. The 6-4/180 defensive back gave Luke Fickell (it sounds weird saying that) his verbal pledge just eight days after being offered via a phone call from Jim Tressel and the OSU coaching staff. He grew up a Buckeye fan and once the offer was in hand, his decision was basically made, picking the Bucks over offers from Cincinnati, West Virginia, Minnesota, Duke, Michigan State, and various MAC schools to become the eighth member of OSU's 2012 recruiting class. While he didn't have the offer list that you expect from an Ohio State recruit, the Bucks got to him at the right time, as Powell was about to "blow-up" on the recruiting scene this summer.

Although Powell played safety during most of his junior season, he maintains that he will start his college career as a corner back and wants to become the tall, physical lock-down corner that defensive back coaches can only dream about. He told us last week that his strengths are his ability to see the field, his great technique, and his hips. If you watch his film, you will see he reads and reacts well and closes on the ball carrier with tremendous speed. He reports a 2.96 GPA an 18 on the ACT, and a 1350 SAT score. He also runs track for Bedford, participating in the 4x100m, 4x200m, and 200m.

This is a huge commitment for Ohio State, not just because Powell has the potential to be a great player, but because it shows there are players who still believe in The Ohio State University despite all the turmoil currently going on in Columbus. Luke Fickell has done an admirable job with damage control over the last 48 hours, and I expect for him to continue to do the same throughout the 2011 season. There may not be many players as willing as Powell to jump on ship right now, but by the end of the season I expect Fickell and the staff to continue to bring tremendous talent to Columbus, just as they have done before.

Here is Powell's highlight video from this past season:


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Irricoir's picture

Welcome aboard sir!

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

bstadnik's picture

BuckeyeNation welcomes you Mr. Powell


Go Bucks!

Irricoir's picture

Did I miss the "Are you ready to cut ties with Pryor" poll?

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

Johnny Ginter's picture

"I didn't hear anything about the business school going down or falling apart"

he don't, he don't, he don't mess around hey

Scott K's picture


"There's a fine line between stupid, and....clever.  David St. Hubbins/Nigel Tufnel

The Stanley Jackson 5's picture

Good news............Also-perhaps a long shot even before this whole mess- but wasn't Ja'Quay Williams supposed to announce a few days ago?

beserkr29's picture

He was.  Decided to postpone after talking to his coach.  Was going to be tough prying him away from the SEC, doubt it happens now.

dmurder's picture

True buckeye committing after the coach is fired!

Thanks Powell, you won't regret it!

"We have always had the best damn band in the land, now we have the best damn team in the land"- Jim Tressel 1-03-03

Hoody Wayes's picture

NCAA in C-bus: interviewing 15 current Buckeyes.

RoweTrain's picture

Hmm. Wonder who that could be.  Tat5 + Whiting + 9 others named in SI report = 15.  They just keep on digging.

"Just bow up and go out and play." ~ D. Lee

"As it stands right now, I know I am the best athlete in college football." ~ B. Miller

Buckeyebrowny919's picture



**1st one post tressel [forever labeled (year)A.T. (after tressel)] and i just got depressed all over again

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

ps...about time to change that banner at the top of the page..making it real hard for me to keep coming back :-\

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

I've seen TP get some love from players on twitter today....

NeARBuckeye's picture

"Nether Pryor nor any other player has yet declared for the supplemental draft. But Pryor is likely not welcome back at Ohio State, where he is facing a minimum five-game suspension and is currently being blamed by fans for the forced resignation of his corrupt coach."

This quote from ESPN makes me want to punch a baby.

KenK's picture

Was this before or after the driver's license imbroglio? WTF is it with TP?

Johnny Hooker: "He's not as tough as he thinks". Henry Gondorff: "Neither are we".

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Great blog by D'ionte Johnson.

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama