When the Snow College football team takes part in a victory parade today to celebrate an 11-1 season and No. 2 national finish at the junior-college level, Damond Powell will have an additional reason to celebrate.
The wide receiver committed Sunday to continue his career at Iowa, announcing his decision on Twitter.
Looking to help fill a need for playmakers, Powell made a verbal commitment to sign with the Hawkeyes after a weekend recruiting visit to Iowa City.
“I know I will have to earn it, but the coaches told me I will have a chance to play right away as long as I put the work in and come in ready to get on the field. That’s the plan,” Powell said. “Everything went good on my visit. Coach (Erik) Campbell, the players, everybody, they were cool. It was a good visit, a good campus, a real good experience.”
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Powell is an Ohio native who put up eye-popping numbers during his only season at the Ephraim, Utah, junior college.
He led NJCAA players nationally with an average of 30 yards per reception, catching 41 passes for 1,231 yards and scoring 14 touchdowns to earn all-Western States Football League honors.
His season ended Dec. 2, when he caught three passes for 150 yards and a touchdown to help Snow defeat previously unbeaten ASA College of New York 47-21 in the first Carrier Dome Bowl in Syracuse.
Powell, who selected the Hawkeyes over Ohio, will have three years of eligibility remaining at Iowa.
“I first heard from them a couple of months ago, and coach Campbell came to one of my games,” Powell said. “I’m looking forward to getting closer to home and getting out there.”
Powell attended Rogers High School in Toledo, Ohio, before enrolling at the Utah junior college.
He is the 16th player to commit to Iowa’s 2013 recruiting class and is the fourth wide receiver in this year’s class, joining Rock Island’s Derrick Willies and a pair of St. Louis area preps, Andre Harris and Derrick Mitchell Jr.