Growing up in the heart of Big Ten country, Damond Powell dreamed of playing in the Midwest's biggest stadiums. Sunday, he made that wish a reality.
"It feels so good. It feels great. Words can't even explain it," said the Snow (Utah) JC WR who verbally committed to Iowa on Sunday.
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound speedster prepped at Rogers High in Toledo, Ohio. This season he caught 41 passes for 1, 231 yards and 14 touchdowns according to njcaa.com.
"They like that I'm able to catch the ball and can get yards after the catch," Powell said. "They say they need more playmakers down there. That's why they recruited me because I can make plays anytime. I can basically get the job done."
Powell would appear to satisfy offensive coordinator Greg Davis' desire to add speed.
"I'm a 4.39 (-second, 40-yard dash) guy," he said. "It's a legit 4.4."
Iowa entered the picture in late October. The coaches attended his early-November season finale at the Utah junior college.
"I got to meet with (WR) Coach (Erik) Campbell," Powell said. "They said they wanted to get me down there. He got me down there this weekend to look over campus."
"I felt comfortable with them," Powell said. "It just felt like a family down there. They took me under their wing this weekend and showed me a good time.
"I met great people that are my teammates that I will be playing with now. They were telling me everything about the school, about the coaches. The coaches were real nice. It was just a great experience, this whole weekend was."
Powell was planning an Ohio visit in January. He changed his mind after seeing Iowa.
"They called earlier in the season and said they were trying to get me down there in January," Powell said. "I didn't get to talk to them."
Powell will have three years to play two. He will arrive in Iowa this summer and likes his chances of contributing in 2013.
"They said I can get on the field this season," Powell said. "I have to work hard, still. Nothing is given to you. You have to put the work in."
Powell said he lined up in the slot and wide at Snow, depending on the defensive look. The Badgers ran the spread offense.
Iowa graduated Keenan Davis of the 2012 roster. He lined up wide.
Powell's exposure to the Hawkeyes was minimal prior to them recruiting him. He knew it was major college football.
"I didn't know a lot," he said. "I just knew that they hold 72,000 people at their stadium. That's about it."