The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder had been committed to the Spartans since June 14 and was one of the highest-ranked pledges in Michigan State’s 2024 recruiting class. Powers’ decommitment follows news of Michigan State’s plans to fire head coach Mel Tucker for cause following a Title IX investigation into his conduct.
Powers is the No. 358 overall prospect in the 2024 cycle, according to the On3 Industry Ranking, a weighted average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. He’s also the No. 35 safety and No. 14 player in Ohio. He jumped up almost 80 spots in the On3 Industry Ranking following the latest edition of the 2024 On300.
Powers took official visits to Pittsburgh and Northwestern before his MSU pledge. Ohio State, Cincinnati and others also offered the blue-chip defensive back. He was also named one of “22 unheralded recruits that college football staffers are high on,” with an anonymous Power 5 staffer saying Powers should be a “top-200 guy.”
Before Tucker’s firing, Michigan State’s 2024 class ranked No. 43 in the nation, according to the On3 Industry Team Recruiting Ranking. Powers was one of 13 total commits and was one of four top-400 pledges.