Why is it that what seems like a year’s worth of recruiting drama always seems to shoehorn itself into one 24-hour period?
Friday morning, running back Brandon Powell dropped Miami and committed to Florida after picking up a scholarship offer from the Gators on Wednesday. The Gators needed to pick up a running back after five-star prospect Dalvin Cook switched to Florida State during last week’s Under-Armour Game period. Powell had been committed to Miami since August, and had taken official visits to see the Canes, Tennessee, West Virginia and Nebraska, but once he got the offer from the Gators–he pounced.
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Powell is a high end three-star prospect out of Deerfield Beach, which is located in the recruiting hotbed of south Florida–Broward County to be exact. He is 5-foot-9, 175 pounds and is listed as an “athlete” by many recruiting services. He rushed for 1,339 yards and 20 touchdowns against very solid competition, while also catching the ball well out of the backfield. He also returned a punt for a score and had three interceptions as a cornerback.
Powell plans to be an early enrollee, something he’ll have to square away by next week as the University of Florida began classes this week.
EDITOR’S NOTE: All references to ratings are according to the 247Sports.com composite ranking.