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Hawkeye recruit reconsiders after hearing of football staff change

[ 0 ] January 3, 2013 |

Another coaching change on Kirk Ferentz’s Iowa football staff could cost the Hawkeyes a top recruit.

Damond Powell, a wide receiver from Snow College in Ephraim, Utah, told The Register on Thursday that he will reconsider his verbal commitment to the Hawkeyes after hearing receivers coach Erik Campbell no longer is with the program.

“There’s been a change,” Powell said in a phone interview. “I’m hearing that Erik Campbell isn’t there anymore.”

Powell said Brian Ferentz — Kirk’s oldest son and the Hawkeyes’ offensive line coach — told him that Campbell, a Hawkeye assistant for five seasons, wasn’t on the staff any longer.

None of the Iowa coaches, including Campbell, could be reached for comment. However, Campbell thanked well-wishing fans in a series of messages on Twitter without revealing his future plans.

“This doesn’t mean I’m not going to Iowa,” said Powell, who said he has heard from Minnesota and Texas Tech. “It’s just that I’m going to open my recruitment — to see other options.”

Powell, 5-foot-11, 175-pounds, is a three-star recruit (out of five) according to Rivals.com. He led junior-college receivers last season with an average of 30.0 yards a catch.

Powell was at his home in Toledo, Ohio, when contacted. He said he planned to meet with both Ferentzes on Saturday.

“I want to get to know them,” Powell said. “Coach Campbell was a big reason that I was coming to Iowa. Now he’s not there. I’ve got to build a relationship all over again.”

Campbell’s departure means another round of staff changes for a team that had a 4-8 record last season while ranking 99th nationally (out of 120 teams) with an average of 187.4 receiving yards a game.

Going into 2012, Phil Parker was elevated to defensive coordinator; Greg Davis was hired to be the offensive coordinator; Brian Ferentz took over the offensive line position that Reese Morgan coached; Morgan switched to the defensive line; and LeVar Woods became the linebackers coach.

“Coaching changes at this point might hurt Iowa more than it hurts some other schools, because one of the things that Iowa sells to recruits is coaching stability,” said Todd Worly, a recruiting analyst for 247.com. “Sometimes coaching changes at this time not only throws a loop into a recruit’s thinking, but other schools can seize on it.”

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