Two days before players are scheduled to report for the start of fall camp, the question-filled receiver positions on the Iowa football team continue to evolve.
Hawkeye coach Kirk Ferentz confirmed Thursday during an online chat as part of a day-long visit to ESPN that junior college receiver Damond Powell has cleared his final academic hurdles at Snow College in Utah and will report for the start of practice on Saturday.
Iowa has also placed grayshirt recruit Matt VandeBerg on scholarship for the fall semester and the South Dakota native will report Saturday as well instead of waiting until the spring semester to join the Hawkeye program.
Powell, a 5-foot-11 native of Toledo, Ohio, caught 41 passes for 1,231 yards and 14 touchdowns last season and led junior college receivers nationally with an average of 30 yards per reception.
His enrollment at Iowa was contingent on him successfully completing academic work at the junior-college level, something he did this week.
“I’m officially a hawkeye!!!’’ Powell announced on Twitter on Wednesday, something Ferentz confirmed Thursday.
“Where he ends up (on the depth chart) is in his hands,’’ Ferentz said during the chat. “We’re excited to have him join the program. He just finished up all of his academic work and we’re excited to see him Saturday.’’
VandeBerg is excited as well. He initially planned to pay his way for the fall semester and then join the program in January, but will take advantage of the scholarship opportunity presented to him this week.
“They called on Sunday and told me that this would be a possibility and then (Thursday), they confirmed it and I’ll be reporting on Saturday,’’ said VandeBerg, who caught 65 passes for 1,080 yards and 18 touchdowns last fall for Brandon Valley High School in South Dakota. He also intercepted seven passes.
VandeBerg will begin his career as a receiver, but could also get a look on the defensive side of the ball.
“It’s been crazy the way things have played out. I didn’t expect it, but I’ll be there Saturday ready to go,’’ VandeBerg said.