As the February 6 national signing day draws near, USC's 2013 recruiting class remains in flux.
Several Trojan targets remain undecided, and these include defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes and defensive end Kylie Fitts.
Meanwhile, other prospective Trojans labeled as "soft commits," defensive end Torrodney Prevot, cornerback Jalen Ramsey and offensive tackle Nico Falah may not be as solid as once thought.
However, one possible future Trojan's path to USC may have been cleared by the removal of a scholarship offer from the other major player for his services.
In an article by Scout.com's Amy Campbell, Daytona Beach (FL) linebacker Quinton Powell reports that Florida has withdrawn their scholarship offer to the talented Mainland High School linebacker.
According to the article, Powell is quoted as saying, "They (Florida) just called me and just said they didn’t have a spot for me. At the end of the day, they have to do what’s good for the organization and I respect that."
So it would appear that clears the way for Powell to sign with USC come February 6, right?
Not so fast.
In that same piece, Powell has now been quoted as saying South Carolina, Oregon and Miami are all back in the picture now as well.
Still, it appears that the Trojans do have the inside track for young Quinton. He elaborated on his status by commenting that, "I was down to Florida and USC, so of course USC has an advantage now somewhat," and, "It’s still up in the air, but USC does have an advantage.”
This would indeed appear to be welcome news for the Trojans, who have had little of that lately when it comes to this recruiting class.
However, it should be noted that when it comes to the mind of an 18-year-old kid, nothing is for certain.
And Powell insists that he hasn't made up his mind either. According to Campbell, "Powell said there is no chance he delays his announcement and while most feel he will end up at USC, he insists his mind is not made up."
Great. Just what the Trojans need...more drama.