Dylan Senda began researching college football programs when it became apparent he'd have a chance to play at the Division I level. He looked for good fits, and Iowa jumped out to him.
Turned out, the Hawkeyes agreed with him. They offered the 2023 Dearborn (MI) Divine Child High offensive lineman a scholarship at their camp on Saturday.
"It's a school that I targeted a long time ago that has a lot of the qualities that I am looking for in a university. They were a school that I wanted to camp at and visit," Senda told HN.
Offensive line coach George Barnett let him know Iowa was offering a scholarship.
"My family and I met and spoke with coach (Kirk) Ferentz, coach (Phil) Parker and coach Barnett on the sidelines for a while. Coach Barnett stated that I fit their offensive scheme very, very well," he said.
"He likes players that are athletic and have the versatility to play multiple positions across the line. He said he sees those traits in me. He also said that I was polished for my age. He finished up by saying he was going to recruit me hard."
Senda (6-5, 285) enjoyed working at the camp under Barnett's guidance.
"I loved his style of coaching and the drills he put us through," he said.
He left campus feeling good about Iowa.
"I liked the coaching staff and how they treated me and my parents. I also like that they have had a huge amount of success developing their players to play at a high level in the Big Ten and getting them ready for the next level. Most importantly, they have my college major (Engineering)," Senda said.
He still has a lot to learn about the Hawkeyes, however.
"It was a quick visit and I definitely want to go back and spend more time learning as much as I can and getting to know the staff better," he said.
Senda reports 16 scholarship offers, including opportunities from Cincinnati, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Miami (FL), Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and West Virginia. 247Sports ranks him as a three-star prospect, the No. 8 player overall in Michigan for '23 and the No. 22 inside offensive lineman nationally for the cycle.
Here's a look at Senda's sophomore highlights: