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Sunday, December 30, 2012
Four-star LB Powell sets USC visit

By Derek Tyson

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Four-star defensive end Quinton Powell (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland) has set his official visit to USC for Jan. 18. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound athlete said he will also visit South Carolina, Oregon and possibly Miami.

"I set up Jan. 18 for USC," Powell said today at Under Armour All-America Game registration at Disney's Yacht Club Resort. "South Carolina, I'm taking that around the 20th of January. Oregon, I'll have to set up something with them too. Miami, I really haven't talked to them but I'm going to, I'm going to after this game."

Powell said he talks to former high school teammate Leonard Williams, a freshman defensive tackle at USC, about his experience at USC.

"It's a great program," Powell said. "They went through that scenario (NCAA sanctions), but I like them. My former teammate is over there and he tells me about how their coaching staff is and how the team is like when there isn't a game. I like them. I'll have to go out there and visit and see how I feel."

He said the Gamecocks have come on strong since his recent decommitment from Florida.

"South Carolina always has a great defense," Powell said. "I'm a defensive player so that's always great from a defensive guy. That was the first team to offer me. But once I committed they stop talking to me. Recently I decommitted, obviously, and they started contacting me again so I'm going to see how that goes."

As for Florida, Powell said he is still considering the Gators.

"They still talk to me," he said. "The offer is still there on the table. I love Florida, that's my first love. I love the Gators. Basically I'm trying to go out there and visit other schools without a title behind my name."

Powell said he will make his decision on national signing day, Feb. 6.