Iowa CITY, Iowa - When Damond Powell committed to Iowa last month, it had a lot to do with his position coach. Now, he's been told that Erik Campbell no longer will he mentoring the Hawkeye wide receivers.
"I didn't know he was going to leave," said Powell, who verbally pledged to Iowa from Snow Junior College in Utah. "The new receivers coach, Coach (Brian) Ferentz called and told me that Coach Campbell is no longer with Iowa."
Powell, who is from Ohio, is having second thoughts about his commitment to the Hawkeyes with Campbell leaving. He is playing host to Brian Ferentz and Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz this Saturday, he said.
"I'll be able to sit down and talk to them about everything," Powell said. "I'm looking forward to having them meet with my parents. When I took my official (visit), they didn't come there with me."
Powell said Campbell was his main connection to the Hawkeyes.
"I just really wanted to get coached by Coach Campbell," Powell said. "(Brian Ferentz) was talking about when we meet on Saturday trying to create that bond that me and Coach Campbell had. That's basically what I was looking forward to on Saturday."
Powell said he has been hearing from Minnesota and Texas Tech recently. He plans to officially visit those schools this month.
Campbell joined the Iowa staff in 2008 after serving as a Michigan assistant coach from 1995-2007. Brian Ferentz, a former Hawkeye player, returned to his alma mater as offensive line coach last offseason following a run as the New England Patriots tight ends coach.