SPARTANBURG, S.C.-Rivals250 defensive tackle Tydreke Powell of Ahoskie (N.C.) Hertford County announced on Sunday afternoon that he is down to three finalists for his services at the next level.
In an exclusive interview with Rivals.com at the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, Powell talked about his three finalists, visit dates and his expectations for the week of the all-star game.
"Recruiting is going real good right now," Powell said. "I've knocked it down to three schools, it's UNC, Penn State and Virginia Tech."
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The 6-foot-3, 285-pounder has had contact with the Tar Heels since the coaching change from John Bunting to Butch Davis.
"I set up an official visit to North Carolina and it's going to be on Jan. 26. I can't wait to get up there and meet (Davis)."
Powell will visit Penn State and Virginia Tech in January as well.
He talked about what his expectations were for this week's Shrine Bowl game.
"I've met so many people that I wanted to meet," he said. "It's big for the town of Ahoskie because not too many people from there get to go and do something like this. It's good for the county because it may bring more coaches through there and stuff like that."
Powell will anchor the interior defensive line for North Carolina.
"I just want to go out there and help our offensive lineman prepare for South Carolina and practice hard and prepare for the game," he said. "If you give it a go in practice, that will prepare you for the game."
The game also will give Powell, the nation's eighth-ranked defensive tackle, a chance to shine.
"I'm going to put up a show for the North Carolina side," Powell said. "I'm going to make the quarterback pay and keep the offensive line guessing all day."