The Hawkeyes employ power ahead of finesse. And it starts up front on the offensive line, where Powell performs for Hannibal (MO) High.
Powell returned to Iowa City Saturday. He camped with the Hawkeyes this summer and has been to a couple of games this fall.
"They are tough, hard-nosed people who love to finish their blocks and play hard all the time," Powell said after watching Iowa's O-Line bang heads with Wisconsin Saturday in Kinnick Stadium.
Iowa Graduate Assistant Chris Polizzi kicked off the Hawkeyes recruitment of the 6-foot-3, 255-pound Powell when he stopped by Hannibal High in May.
"I was able to talk to Coach Polizzi and coach (Jim) Reid (Saturday)," Powell said. "I am going to talk to Coach Brian Ferentz this week, I believe."
Powell said he's not received any indication that Iowa might be considering a scholarship offer to him.
"I am not sure where I stand with them," he said. "I am going to continue to build a relationship with them and hope for the best."
Only a junior, Powell is relaxed with his recruitment.
"So far, I have no clear leader in my mind," he said. "I have really liked every school I have visited so far."
Certain aspects of the Hawkeyes have stuck out to Powell.
"I like the way they handle their program, the great atmosphere and fan base they have, and the family atmosphere they have," he said.
"I will be visiting Mizzou this weekend," he said.