Prep Football

Hannibal's Powell searching for right fit after decommitting from Purdue

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 20, 2016 6:30 am
HANNIBAL, Mo. -- When Dylan Powell was setting up his recruiting visit to Iowa State, he made sure to look at the Cyclones' basketball schedule. He hoped to see a Big 12 Conference game at Hilton Coliseum.

If only he could have stayed in Ames, Iowa, one more day.

Powell, the all-state Hannibal offensive lineman and 2015 Herald-Whig Player of the Year, recently decommitted from Purdue and made an official visit to Iowa State last weekend. Had that visit lasted through Monday, the three-sport standout would have been on hand to see the Cyclones upset No. 1-ranked Oklahoma -- Iowa State's first victory over a No. 1 team since 1957.

"I saw where that game was going to be Monday," Powell said. "That was just too bad."

The visit, however, was quite enticing.

Iowa State is one of four schools the 6-foot-3, 275-pound Powell is considering. Tabbed a three-star recruit by several gurus, Powell has narrowed his list to Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Stanford and Iowa State. He is scheduled to make an official visit to Virginia Tech this weekend and will go to either Georgia Tech or Stanford the following weekend.

Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente, hired in December to replace the retiring Frank Beamer, visited Powell at home Monday night.

"It's all about finding that comfort level," said Powell, who is undecided on an academic major but is leaning toward business or nursing. "It's about finding the institution that's going to give me the best chance to not only give me the best four years of college but set me up for the next 40 years of my life. I want to be able to get a great job coming out of college as well as win football games and play in some big-time football games."

Powell gave Purdue a verbal commitment in June and was expected to sign a national letter of intent with the Boilermakers in February. However, Purdue offensive line coach Jim Bridge left to join the staff at Duke, and with offers from other schools still coming in, Powell decided to explore his options.

"I wanted to open it up and make sure I was making the best decision for me and my family," Powell said. "I wanted to make sure I got out and made visits and got all the information I could to see if other schools were better for me or reaffirm my commitment to Purdue.

"At this point, I feel the best decision for me is to go elsewhere."

Iowa State, under the direction of first-year coach Matt Campbell, made a favorable impression.

"The coaches there have such an energy level that they're giving the whole school a boost," Powell said. "They are all-around great guys. Not only are they great football coaches, but they are genuine guys who care. They are some of the most humble guys you will ever meet. I really enjoyed everything and thanked them for that."

Powell is expected to make his decision in advance of the Feb. 3 national signing day.