August 23, 2011

Powell checks out jersey scrimmage

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As one of two verbal commitments at Saturday's jersey scrimmage, Tyvis Powell was able to get a small glimpse of what his future may look like at Ohio State. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound defensive back from Bedford (Ohio) made the two hour trip south and came away encouraged by what he saw out on the field.

"I noticed that it wasn't as bad as people thought it was going to be," Powell said. "The team looked pretty good. Of course they've got to fix a couple of things but all in all, it looked good. As the season progresses, I know they'll get better at all of the little things that they need to do."

As a defensive back, it was only natural that Powell paid close attention to the Buckeyes' secondary.

"I definitely watched the secondary," he explained. "They looked good. The second team gave a couple of passes up but as long as they continue to listen to the coaches they should come together and they should be good."

Powell noticed a lot of players doing some good things out on the field but pointed out a few specific guys that really stood out to him.

"Travis Howard made some good plays," he explained. "The linebackers stuffed the run a lot, the freshman Devin Smith, he caught a fade, Braxton Miller made some plays at quarterback and he showed his athleticism."

After the scrimmage, Powell headed back over to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and was able to chat it up with some of the coaches.

"I talked to coach (Luke) Fickell and he was asking me about my scrimmage that I had on Friday," Powell said. "I asked him how things were looking and he said they looked good and they learned a lot and that they should be good by the end of training camp. I also talked to coach (Taver) Johnson and he was telling me about some coverage stuff that they need to work on. He said he was looking forward to me (enrolling) early. Me and Josh Perry are coming down early and we just can't wait to start our career at Ohio State."

Enrolling early is a decision that Powell recently made and he's hoping that it will be something that keeps him ahead of the curve in the classroom and on the football field.

"It gives me time to learn the playbook and study some film and just get good coaching," he said. "I think it's going to help me a lot so that I can play sooner."

Before Powell enrolls at Ohio State, he has some unfinished business to attend to at Bedford High. Powell is excited for his senior football season and is hoping to leave his mark on the school. The start of the season is just a few days away and Powell feels his team is ready to go.

"We're looking good," he said. "We've studied our opponent well. We've got a good defense and the offense is going to put some points on the board. It's going to be a great game. We're at home, there's going to be a lot of people there and we're just trying to get everybody to come out and support us and we just want to start 1-0."


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