OL transfer Powell committed to IU

Indiana has taken a step to shore up its interior offensive line with the addition of Stanford grad transfer Dylan Powell.

Powell, a native of Hannibal, Mo., was considering Rice and Purdue among his destinations. He should have a chance to contribute in 2020 for the Hoosiers, especially since the program loses fifth-year seniors Simon Stepaniak and Hunter Littlejohn to graduation.

Powell was listed as a junior for the Cardinals in 2018 but did not play as a freshman and missed all of 2019 with a labrum tear, which should grant him two years of eligibility.

“I‘ve been talking to (IU offensive line) coach (Darren) Hiller about the opportunity to come in and play right away,” Powell said. “Obviously, I know nothing is promised, and I would rather have it that way. I’ll come in and work my tail off and do whatever I can to help the program.”

Powell isn’t completely unfamiliar to the Hoosiers. In 2015, the 6-foot-3, 290-pounder took a junior day visit to Bloomington. A three-star prospect at the time, he originally committed to Purdue before reopening his recruitment and pledging to Stanford.

A lot has changed since Powell’s initial visit. Tom Allen is now the coach. Memorial Stadium, as he remembers it, didn’t have both end zones enclosed at the time.

IU is also winning at another level. The Hoosiers (8-4) have eight wins for the first time since 1993, and they have a chance to claim nine for the first time since 1967 with a bowl victory.

That certainly piqued Powell’s interest. He took a visit to the IU-Michigan game. IU offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer and special teams coach William Inge also visited Powell’s family in St. Louis during the recruiting process.

“The next few years, they have a chance to be really special at Indiana. I wanted to be a part of that. I want to compete for a Big Ten championship,” Powell said. “You can’t look ahead, you have to take it one win at a time, finish up this year with a big bowl win, and come back ready to work every day in the weight room, the training room.”

IU has gone the grad transfer route on the offensive line before. In 2018, ex-Miami lineman Nick Linder played in all 12 games at center, starting eight times.

Powell, if healthy, is capable of playing all three interior line positions. He started three games at right guard in 2018, and he came into Stanford’s fall camp working on the left side.

Along with junior left guard Harry Crider, who can also play center, the Hoosiers should have flexibility replacing Littlejohn and Stepaniak. IU will also return freshman left tackle Matthew Bedford and redshirt sophomore right tackle Caleb Jones.

Senior left tackle Coy Cronk, who went out with an injury in Week 3, could conceivably come back for another year, but it’s unclear if he will return or opt for the NFL draft.

Powell, who will enroll at IU for the spring semester, is determined to come back and contribute as soon as possible. He had surgery for his labrum tear on Oct 3.

“I’m not really sure on the timeline,” Powell said. “I will just have to work with the training staff and get in and rehab my butt off and get back as soon as possible.”

He’s excited to get back on the field for a team that’s a little bit closer to his home in Missouri.

“It’s going to be a huge blessing to be close to home,” Powell said. “A bunch of my friends and family have already hit me up about coming to more games.”

7 comments

  1. Powell could really give IU OL a boost especially if Cronk comes back. The OL with those two in the rotation should give IU’s OL depth to help ensure the OL can endure any injuries. The fact that Powell has two years of eligibility is a bonus. I hope we see younger OL players step up next year to get into the rotation. 2020 season could be a great season if all works out for the IUFB team.

    1. v, I don’t have any personal connection to the program. But a contact I do have knows someone who does and he has stated twice to me over the last 5-6 weeks Britt Berry very well could be the next prolific OLman for IU. Says the only reason we are not noting seeing more of him is because his late transition from DL 2 years ago. But is said that his development is blooming.

    2. Have you seen him play? What about the system he’s played in makes him a good fit for IU? Why do you think Purdue backed away from him when he showed interest in them?

  2. HC, great news especially from someone with some inside knowledge. I have wondered about Beery as he clearly has the size and feet to be very good. I keep hearing from different reports that couple of IU’s younger linemen are coming along and could move up in another year or two. IU has a chance to win 9 games and 2020 looks like it could be even better.

    1. I’ve liked Berry since he shined as DE at Carmel. Really questioned at the time why in the hell they moved him to OL. Obviously his athleticism fueled the change. Hope what I’ve heard is accurate as he should help the run game or otherwise we really missed a headhunter at DE. Hiller does appear to be an able teacher to boys with strength and good feet. Sure like the idea of a more agile pocket for the RPO.

  3. I love these grad transfers from quality schools with quality FB programs. This young man is obviously a good student (just to be admitted to Stanford) and has played for a program that competes at a high level. Until this year, Stanford has been a force, so I assume Powell has been the beneficiary of good coaching. I see this as nothing but good news for IU’s 2020 season. And a few transfers, not necessarily O-linemen, would be even better. In fact, a D-linemen and DB would be very helpful.

  4. With Virginia making it to the ACC championships game against Clemson, do you think the Indiana football team today could defeat Virginia present date. Indiana beat Virginia in 2017 (34-17) and 2018 (20-16)…I find it very interesting how much Virginia has improved and their recruiting classes are very comparable to Indiana. Is the ACC that weak?? Great to see how much both teams have really improve.

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