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Powell leaving Hubbard early for Ohio State

Tribune Chronicle / Joe Simon Hubbard’s Adria Powell, a junior, is graduating early and will leave for Ohio State in the summer.

The call came. Adria Powell took it.

It was Ohio State. The Buckeyes women’s volleyball program proposed a first in their program — bringing in a player a year early.

Powell turns 17 in May. The next month she heads to Columbus.

Wednesday, Powell became the first signee of the OSU 2018 class as she signed her National Letter of Intent.

The 6-foot-2 outside hitter had to ponder this decision. Powell, a junior, would miss her senior year and all the festivities that go along with that final farewell from Hubbard High School.

Now, she’ll have new friends and memories.

Powell is slated to graduate high school with this year’s seniors.

“It was overwhelming at first, but we thought of the great benefits to it. We decided to accept that offer,” Powell said.

She had to have the grades to make this move to Ohio State. Check. She has a 4.0 GPA.

Powell is the best player in the area, leading Hubbard from a five-win season her freshman year to 22 this past season.

Needless to say she’ll leave a big void in the Hubbard program in 2018.

“She’s one of those kids that doesn’t come along that often,” Eagles coach Jeremy Porter said.

Powell’s mother, Olivia, said OSU has struggled with a couple of players suffering career-ending injuries. Then, one recruit de-committed because of a family illness.

The Buckeyes needed something and they needed it now. That’s why they reached out to Adria, knowing she already committed to OSU.

Adria has played soccer, basketball, track and field and even was a dancer and Little Rascal for Easy Street Productions. There’s never a dull moment for this Hubbard junior.

It felt right for Olivia and her husband, Greg.

“We had to guide her in the right decision,” Olivia said. “We tried to not let our emotions play to much into that. When you really don’t know what decision is right, you have to watch to see if they fall into place.

“Everything fell into place for this opportunity to take off. With that, we’re trusting that this is the path she’s been given.”

Adria is going to be a pre-med major with a concentration in biology.

For now, she continues to play travel volleyball — a sport she started when she was in seventh grade and concentrated on when she started high school. That’s when an offer from Youngstown State came her way. It was a nice start, but Adria’s next step was about three hours away.

Anytime a child leaves for college, it can be a rough time for the parents. Considering Adria is leaving a year early, it makes the transition a little bit more scary.

“We all know that God has a plan for us,” Adria said. “It’s all going to work out. You have to calm each other down and say it’ll be OK in the end.”