- Corey Dowlar, RecruitingNation
Living in South Florida, running back Brandon Powell (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach) ordinarily doesn't get to check out Florida State's games in person like he wants to.
The schedules aren't exactly conducive for that. With his high school games on Fridays, followed by a quick turnaround on Saturday for college contests, travel can be difficult.
But when the Seminoles travel this weekend to Miami, it will present recruits like Powell a golden opportunity to see them in person without making a long trek.
"Florida State is really interested in me," he said. "They have asked me to send them film and have been talking to my dad through the summer and the season. That is why I am looking forward to getting down there to watch Florida State in person.
"It is pretty close to home, so that is why I am going to this one. I have been wanting to go all season, but it is to far for us to go when I have games on Friday and they play on Saturday. It is hard for my parents to get up there."
Though Florida State is favored by more than two touchdowns, this in-state rivalry has produced some of college football's gems through the years. And it is always packed with big hits and explosive plays.
"It is going to be a real interesting game," Powell said. "It is going to be real physical, both of them are rivals, so it is going to be a real good game.
"I think Florida State is going to come out with the 'W.' "
One game here and there doesn't tend to sway recruits in large quantities, but rivalry games can have quite an impact. Powell says Saturday's game could have that kind of influence on him.
"If it is a school that I like, and they get a win in a big game like this, that just boosts my confidence in that school more -- it makes me want to go to the school more," he said.
Powell says Indiana, Purdue and UCF have begun showing major interest in him and requesting film. He holds an offer from UMass, but was a star on the summer camp circuit.