So much for being a dead period.
While visits were off-limit for the last four weeks for both prospects and coaches, communication certainly didn’t slow down for Hannibal (Mo.) offensive lineman Dylan Powell, who instead saw his recruitment ramp up with offers from the likes of Iowa State, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and Rutgers.
“It’s been a crazy few weeks just trying to process all of it happening," Powell said of the last month. "It’s been a couple weeks with my family, so I’ve kind of been able to sit back and relax and just kind of look at my situation, how I’m doing right now and just doing as much research as possible."
The 6-foot-3, 255-pound Powell, who many project as a center at the next level, was committed to Purdue until Thursday when he decommitted and officially re-opened his recruitment. Powell will still consider Purdue along with the three other schools that he has already set January official visits to.
In the coming weekends, Powell will visit Iowa State (Jan. 15-17), Virginia Tech (Jan. 22-24) and Georgia Tech (Jan. 29-31). Rutgers has talked about the possibility of a mid-week visit, but Powell said that option is unlikely and is thus focused on Purdue and the three schools he will visit this month.
“I would say, yeah, it’s probably down to those four schools,” Powell said. “I tried to work something out to where I could make it up to Rutgers, but I don’t think it’s going to work out with my schedule.”
Powell has familiarity with each of the new schools recruiting him. He attended a Junior Day last spring at Iowa State, the Memphis staff was recruiting him before moving to Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech had shown some level of interest dating back to the spring evaluation period.
With Iowa State, the Cyclones would like to see Powell at center.
“I love the energy they’re bringing to this program,” Powell said of Iowa State. “They’re ready to compete and compete for championships. They’re putting offensive line first and they’ve done a really good job of staying in touch with me. I’ve talked to several of the coaches every week, probably multiple times a week. So they’ve done a really good job of staying in touch and basically just saying I’m a guy they really want and think I can be a program-changer for them and help them build what they want to build.”
While Iowa State and Purdue see Powell at center, Georgia Tech might use him as a guard while Virginia Tech sees him at either spot. Powell, who has been a guard in high school, is open to playing both spots.
His focus, ultimately, will be more on his feel for each school.
“I think the biggest factor for me will be just a comfort level with me and my family, just doing all of our research and making sure we have all the facts that we want to know and make the best decision we can,” Powell said. “Obviously the education is going to come first and with all of the schools that are recruiting me I don’t think the academic portion will be anything that will be trouble. All of them are great schools academically and are going to give me a great degree. Football-wise I just want to make sure I’m going somewhere that I trust the coaches and I’m comfortable there.”
Powell will have a better feel for those factors following his three weekend visits in the coming weeks and currently doesn’t expect a decision until after all three trips.
“It’ll be after the Georgia Tech visit,” Powell said of his timeline. “I think Signing Day would be like four days after that visit. I’ll probably make my final decision either that Sunday or Monday, probably Feb. 1.”