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Does Florida or USC Have Best Chance to Land 4-Star OLB Quinton Powell?

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports
Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 23, 2013

4-star outside linebacker Quinton Powell has narrowed his list down to two schools: USC and Florida.

Powell is a former Gators commitment who decommitted back in December of 2012. Since then, he's taken an official visit to USC, and now Derek Tyson of ESPN.com is reporting that he'll cancel the rest of his upcoming visits and focus on his final two:

Powell also decided to cancel his remaining visits to Oregon, South Carolina and Miami. 

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound athlete announced his decision on Facebook: "Well I've decided to cancel the rest of my official visits to South Carolina, Oregon, & Miami. My top 2 Are Southern California and Florida." 

Powell later confirmed his decision with ESPN.com in a text message. 

USC and Florida are in the running for a very talented recruit. Powell is 6'2'', 194 pounds and runs a 4.50 40, according to 247Sports. He's also the No. 14 ranked outside linebacker in the class of 2013, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

Powell projects to be a talented player at the college level, and he'll be an important pickup for either program, so which school has the best chance to land the 4-star outside linebacker?

My first reaction would be to give USC the edge for Powell. He just took an official visit to USC, and considering the timetable of said visit and how close it was to national signing day (Feb. 6), I'd have to give a major momentum edge to the Trojans.

USC has been very cold on the recruiting trail in the past few months, but that's not to take away from the recruits they do have. Lane Kiffin's class still features six 5-star recruits, and all of those players possess star potential.

The Trojans may be trending in a negative direction as of late, but this is still a program that features a lot of talent. 5-star quarterback Max Browne looks like he can be a superstar, and the same can be said for 5-star safeties Su'a Cravens and Leon McQuay III. The core of this class is extremely good, and Powell would have the chance to join a group that could potentially be very special in a few years.

To be clear, the same could be said of Florida, especially defensively. That said, he's already decommitted once from the program, and the chances of him re-committing are slim. Also, the Gators already have commitments from five other linebackers, including 4-star outside linebackers Alex Anzalone and Daniel McMillian. While the Gators can offer the chance to be a part of a great class—they don't offer much room on the depth chart.

USC recruiting has been void of any positive momentum for a while now, but when it comes to Powell, the Trojans have to be feeling good about their chances of landing his commitment.

The Trojans are in the top two, and they'd be a good fit for the 4-star outside linebacker.

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