New Rutgers offensive line coach AJ Blazek brings unique relationships to the job and one of his long-standing recruiting targets picked up an offer this week from the Scarlet Knights.
Hannibal (Mo.) Senior High offensive lineman Dylan Powell received an offer from Blazek and could visit Rutgers in January after a long conversation.
“We talked on the phone and he offered me,” Powell said. “We talk quite a bit. He reached out to me as soon as he got to Rutgers. We’ve been talking since he was at Western Illinois. He was actually the first person to offer me a scholarship when he was there. Me and him have had a really good relationship since then. He said he wants me to be there [at Rutgers] with him].”
Powell committed to Purdue in the spring and officially visited the Boilermakers this month. The 6-foot-3, 265-pound interior lineman has interest in visits to Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Iowa State and Stanford when the dead period concludes.
“We’re going to sit down and map out visits and see where and win I can visit places,” Powell said. “That’s where we’re at right now.”
Powell is new to Rutgers as an option but is relationship with Blazek created quick interest in the Scarlet Knights.
“I like him a lot,” Powell said. “He’s one of the most caring guys you could ever meet. He’s going to do whatever he can to make his team successful. Not only is he a coach that is someone you trust on the field, but you can trust him off the field. He’ll always have his players’ backs. He’s always having players over to his house and around his family. They’re all family to him.”
Powell remains committed to Purdue after interest from other schools.
“The relationship I have with the coaches [at Purdue] is great and the message that they’ve given me,” Powell said. “I really believe in their message. I was comfortable there and, at that time, it was my biggest offer.”