Iowa Visits Powell

Iowa dropped in at Hannibal High in Northeast Missouri Friday to meet with offensive lineman Dylan Powell. The Class of 2016 prospect talked with HI about that meeting and his plans to camp at the Big Ten school this summer.

June serves as an important month for high school seniors camping with college football programs across the country. It's their time to convince coaches they're worthy of a scholarship.

Also at these events, underclassmen line up for the same opportunities. At the very least, they're trying to move up the recruiting boards at these schools in hopes of being further evaluated. Hannibal (MO) High offensive lineman Dylan Powell falls into the latter group. The Class of 2016 prospect said he will camp at Iowa (June 1), Missouri, Nebraska, Illinois State and Northern Iowa.

"I want to show coaches that I am a great competitor and can compete with anybody," the 6-foot-3, 255-pound Powell said. "Also, I want to show them I'm a great kid who is very dedicated, coachable and willing to do whatever a coach wants me to do. I'll do anything to be successful and help my team be successful."

Powell said he already has visited Missouri for its spring game. He's spoken with coaches from Iowa and Nebraska, he said, and is receiving mail from those schools along with Michigan, Michigan State, Kansas State, Army and Northern Iowa.

Powell, who plays basketball and participates in track at Hannibal, met at his school with Hawkeye Graduate Assistant Chris Polizzi on Friday.

"We talked about my grades and my other sports. He said they are excited for me and (Hannibal teammate) Jerry (McBride) to come up to camp. He told us who we would work with and what to bring to camp. He said he was excited to meet us."

Powell attended the Hawkeyes game against Northern Illinois last season. He was there to watch a friend, who played for the Huskies.

"I know (the Hawkeyes) have great tradition and coaches. I know they have a great fan base and are very invested in their football team. I saw they have a beautiful stadium and campus that I was really impressed with. They have a great atmosphere to be around for football," Powell said.

Powell looks forward to getting a closer look at Iowa and the other schools on his camp tour. Time is on his side as he has until February of '16 before he signs his national letter of intent.

"I am hoping to find a school with great academic opportunities and a place that has a great fan base and good family atmosphere. I also want a school where I have a great relationship with the coaches and will be able to maximize my potential and abilities to grow as a player, student and person," Powell said.

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