Iowa State had shown interest in Hannibal (Mo.) offensive lineman Dylan Powell during the spring evaluation period, but never offered and the Missouri prospect eventually gave his pledge to Purdue early in the summer.
Last week, that changed.
Iowa State assistant and recruiting coordinator Alex Golesh followed Powell on Twitter on Dec. 20 and by that Sunday afternoon he was on the phone with Golesh, Matt Campbell and Tom Manning, who offered him a scholarship.
“I was really surprised,” Powell said. “I had never heard from them before, so just to be able to start talking to them and receive the offer that day, I was surprised. Their message for me, I would say they want me to be their center and they want me to really just come in and be the center for the future and just use my abilities as a person and player to help.”
The 6-foot-3 Powell, who remains committed to Purdue as a center, has also recently added Power 5 offers from Virginia Tech and Rutgers. Iowa State is set on adding a center in the 2016 class, and Powell is the latest target.
Powell visited Iowa State for a Junior Day last spring, but when the previous staff didn’t offer he turned his attention elsewhere. Still, he does have a feel for what Iowa State might have to offer.
“I know they’ve got a great fan base up there and that they’re committed to trying to win and they’re going to do whatever they can to make the program successful,” Powell said. “[Coach Manning’s] message to me was the fact that they have a lot of good things going on there and a lot of good skill positions and stuff and to be able to build a successful program they’re going to have to build from the offensive line up. They’re really focused on trying to get a good recruiting class going for the offensive line.”
Powell, who has played tackle throughout his high school career, is being recruited almost solely as a center and has worked with his brother, a Division II quarterback, on snapping.
Iowa State is hoping to get Powell in for a visit sometime in January, though he’s still deciding how to proceed after his recruitment has recently spiked. Powell expects to know more about potential visits by the end of the dead period.
“It’s something I have to sit down and talk with my family about and see what’s going on,” Powell said. "We’ll sit down and talk probably [during the holidays].”