Gators lose Powell commitment for '13

Published: Monday, December 10, 2012 at 10:31 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 10, 2012 at 10:31 p.m.

A day after landing three recruits, Florida coach Will Muschamp lost a member of his 2013 class when Daytona Beach Mainland linebacker Quinton Powell decommitted from the Gators.

Powell revealed the news Monday evening on Facebook and later confirmed his decision with The Sun through text message.

“Yes I decommitted from Florida, nothing against the program just needed to re-evaluate my choices,” he wrote on his account.

Powell declined further comment, but said he’s still considering UF.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder was one of six prospects who committed to the Gators during their Feb. 18th Junior Day. But in September, Powell expressed interest in visiting Miami, Oregon and Southern Cal following his senior season.

He officially visited Florida over the weekend and told The Sun it would be harder for those three schools to sway him because how well his trip to Gainesville went.

However, Powell’s solidified status with the Gators quickly diminished when they flipped South Carolina linebacker commit Matt Rolin (Ashburn, Va./Briar Woods) on Sunday. Powell has always been against coming in as a freshman with three other prospects at his position, and that ultimately led to his decommitment.

UF now has 24 members in its 2013 class and three linebackers in Rolin, James Hearns (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln) and Daniel McMillian (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast). Verbal commitments are not binding until prospects sign their national letters of intent Feb. 6.

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