Florida Gators: Quinton Powell

ESPN 150 LB Powell is a Trojan 

February, 6, 2013
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ESPN 150 linebacker Quinton Powell (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland) is heading west, committing to USC during a national signing day announcement televised on ESPNU.

Powell, the No. 6-rated outside linebacker and No. 99 player overall, picked the Trojans over Florida -- where he was formerly committed -- as well as Miami (Fla.), Oregon and South Carolina.

"Every time I heard about the decommitments I shrugged it off,” Powell said. “I just thought about myself. I wanted to commit based on my opinion of the school.

"[USC] called me every week, I talked to them very frequently. It was an awesome experience."

What is the impact of Powell’s decision?

RN asks: Why they decommit

January, 31, 2013
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RecruitingNation asked four high-profile recruits, including former Florida LB commit Quinton Powell, what led them to decommit during their recruitments.

GatorNation: Chomp Confidential 

January, 31, 2013
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GatorNation brings you the latest installment of Chomp Confidential, a look inside Florida football recruiting for GatorNation subscribers only. As with anything exclusive, what's reported in the weekly Chomp Confidential must stay here. A few things discussed in this week's update:

" Latest on Kennard Swanson
" How many more can Florida take?
" Thursday's in-home visits

Check out the weekly Chomp Confidential.


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Top five remaining targets 

January, 30, 2013
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- One week remains until national signing day and the Gators have their sights set on roughly nine to 12 prospects. Florida has 26 verbal commitments, and with only a few spots remaining, here's a look at the top five prospects who have a chance to be a part of Florida's class.


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ESPN 150 LB Powell has two finalists 

January, 22, 2013
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Shortly after returning from his weekend visit to USC, four-star linebacker Quinton Powell (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland) has a final two.


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GatorNation recruiting mailbag 

January, 22, 2013
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- It’s time to dip into the GatorNation recruiting mailbag and answer your questions. Because of the amount of questions we’ve received, we won’t be able to get to all of them today -- but we encourage you to post your questions on our Insider fan forum, The Chompions Club.


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Florida weekend recruiting recap 

January, 14, 2013
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida only had three official visitors this weekend, but the Gators' coaching staff was plenty busy.


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LB Quinton Powell sets decision date 

January, 13, 2013
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Four-star outside linebacker Quinton Powell (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland) has three official visits remaining, but the 6-foot-2, 205-pound ESPN 150 member knows when he will make his college decision.


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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- I was unable to get to all the questions on Wednesday’s weekly chat, but since there were so many -- and the angst from Florida’s Allstate Sugar Bowl loss to Louisville was still fresh -- we decided to answer them today.

Dave (New Jersey): Mike you say we are done with our class at 26? Don't we have 8 EEs that can date back to next year giving us another 6-7 spots open in this class? We lost a lot of bodies so the staff must get at least 31 in this class IMO. Thoughts?

The Gators will try and sign several more players, but Muschamp has gone on record before saying he’s not going to sign players just to fill out a class. I anticipate only two to three more commitments, if that. UF is still after DT Jarran Reed, Jay-nard Bostwick, Montravius Adams, Elijah Daniel, Jason Hatcher, Chris Jones, James Clark, Alex Collins, Jalen Ramsey, Kennard Swanson and Quinton Powell. If Muschamp can get some of those guys, fine, but if not, he won’t just sign guys so he can fill out the class.

RemmyR (Maple Shade, N.J.): Just want to say thanks to you for dropping UF science on us every week!!!

You’re welcome. I enjoy interacting with fans. You guys are the lifeblood of what I do so these chats are the least I can do.

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Gators jump to No. 1 in class rankings 

January, 10, 2013
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- There were some big changes for Florida commits in the final edition of the ESPN 300. The Gators landed 15 players on the list, including 10 in the ESPN 150. With their success on the recruiting front, the Gators moved back into first place in the ESPN class rankings.


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GatorNation position breakdown: OLB 

December, 25, 2012
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Editor’s note: Every Tuesday and Thursday through Jan. 31, 2013, GatorNation will break down each position. We’ll look at 2013, of course, but also try and give you a peek beyond next season, too. Today is outside linebacker. We will profile inside linebacker on Thursday.

OUTSIDE LINEBACKER

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Kim Klement/US PresswireAfter suffering through an injury-plagued junior year, Jelani Jenkins could be the Gators' defensive leader in 2013.
Two-deep: Redshirt sophomore Neiron Ball is the starter at strongside linebacker and is backed up by junior Darrin Kitchens. Freshman Antonio Morrison is the starter at weakside linebacker and is backed up by redshirt sophomore Michael Taylor. Redshirt junior Jelani Jenkins is the normal starter at weakside linebacker but he recently underwent surgery to repair a broken bone in his foot and will miss the bowl game.

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Florida commits in all-star games 

December, 21, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida Gators will be well represented in this year's all-star games. Thirteen of Florida's 25 verbal commits have been selected to play in postseason games. Here is a closer look at what to look for over the holiday break.

WHAT: Under Armour All-America Game
WHERE: St. Petersburg, Fla.
WHEN: Jan. 4, at 5 p.m. ET

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GatorNation recruiting mailbag 

December, 20, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- It’s time to dip into the GatorNation recruiting mailbag and answer your questions. Because of the amount of questions we’ve received, we won’t be able to get to all of them today -- but we encourage you to post your questions on our Insider fan forum, The Chompions Club.

Scot5013: How seriously is top RB [Alex] Collins considering UF?

A: Very seriously. He had a great visit to Florida over the weekend and the Gators are at or near the top of his list. He still has an official visit to Miami to keep an eye on. Florida is also very tight on scholarships, so to me the question is will Florida have enough room to take three running backs? They would hate to miss out on one of the top running backs in the country, but they still need to add a defensive end, a receiver and possibly a corner. A lot will depend on if there is any more attrition.

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Focusing on five: Defense 

December, 12, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Gators added linebacker Matt Rolin (Ashburn, Va./Briar Woods) on Sunday, but lost linebacker Quinton Powell (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland) on Monday. Florida has just a few remaining spots left in their 2013 recruiting class. With less than two months until national signing day, here is a look at five defensive targets that Florida continues to focus on.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comTrey Johnson, once committed to Auburn, will visit Florida this weekend. He's already visited Ohio State.
LB Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett) -- On Sunday it appeared that Florida was done recruiting the linebacker position, but with the deflection of Powell on Monday, the door opened back up for Johnson, a former Auburn commitment. The Under Armour All-American postponed his visit this weekend to Gainesville until January. Florida has only one other inside linebacker commit (James Hearns) and the Gators are not very deep at the position.

DE Elijah Daniel (Avon, Ind./Avon) -- The ESPN 150 end, who originally committed to Clemson before later backing off his pledge, will visit Florida the weekend of Jan. 12 and the Gators are very much in the picture along with Ole Miss. Auburn defensive commit Tawshawn Bower (Somerville, N.J./Immaculata) could also be in this spot, as he is scheduled to visit this weekend. Florida, however, will likely only take one more defensive end.

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ESPN 150 LB Powell decommits from UF 

December, 10, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Just one day removed from landing three verbal commitments, the Florida Gators lost a linebacker commit on Monday night. ESPN 150 linebacker Quinton Powell (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland) has reopened his recruitment after officially visiting Florida this past weekend.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound linebacker is still considering USC, Miami (Fla) and Oregon. He is planning to take official visits to all three schools.

Powell announced his decision via his Facebook status update: "Yes I Decommited from Florida, nothing against the program just needed to re-evaluate my choices."

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