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Deerfield RB Powell ditches UM for Gators

January 10, 2014
Deerfield Beach High School



Deerfield Beach running back Brandon Powell had a sudden change of heart, decommitting from Miamiand choosing instead to enroll at Florida this week.

According to Deerfield Beach coach Allen Jackson, Florida has always been one of Powell’s top choices, but the school didn’t offer a scholarship until Monday. That’s when things changed for the Sun Sentinel Class 8A-7A-6A Player of the Year, who had been a Miami commit since last summer. He had initially been committed to Tennessee.

“He just got to Gainesville. I spoke with his dad and they were just driving and arriving on campus,” Jackson said Friday morning. “Florida was always a place he wanted to go. When they first came aboard his junior year, he was very interested and he said if Florida would give him an offer, he’d go. But they never came around until Monday. It was always in his heart. That kind of threw the big wrench in. We’ve been struggling with this all week.”

Powell, late Thursday night, took to social media to share his thoughts tweeting, “Gotta feed the fam. Been struggling for too long…y’all don’t know my struggle.”

Powell’s change of heart came less than 24 hours after Booker T. Washington corner Nigel Bethel, another longtime Miami commit, announced on Twitter he was now committed to Texas Tech.  

“No longer a University of Miami commitment…I just officially committed to the University of Texas Tech Red Raiders,” he tweeted. “Decided to take my talents to Texas. I’ll still rep the 305, no disrespect to my canes fans, I appreciate you all.”

Last week, during speculation about whether Miami coach Al Golden would remain in Coral Gables or possibly head north to Penn State, the Hurricanes lost a commitment from Champagnat’s Travonte Valentine, who said he was still considering the Hurricanes, but now had LSU in the picture as well.

The run of deflections has taken its toll on Miami’s highly-ranked recruiting class. What was once a near-consensus top-five class is now ranked No. 9 by Rivals and No. 10 by 247 Sports. 


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