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Analysis of Powell to Florida
Brandon Powell became Miami's second de-commitment this week, just a few days after Travonte Valentine backed out of his pledge to the Hurricanes. There's a common saying in the recruiting world -- watch what they do, not what they say. That seems to apply here, in both cases. Florida is the third school to have landed a commitment from Powell. Valentine, who is not currently committed anywhere, has also committed to three different schools along the way. In losing Powell, Miami just lost one of the biggest playmakers on the offensive side of the football. At 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds, he lacks ideal size for a major college running back prospect in a pro style system. However, he was named the Offensive Player of the Year in Broward County for a reason -- he flat out tore up opposing defenses in high school because of his speed and ability to make things happen whenever the ball is in his hands. Powell was likely going to play a few different roles for the Hurricanes -- running back, maybe some slot receiver, and maybe some action in the return game. Now, they will have to turn to other players to fill those roles. 5-star Joseph Yearby was clearly Miami's top incoming freshman running back prospect. And Braxton Berrios, who is already on campus for the spring semester, is expected to be a slot receiver for the Canes over the next few years. By adding those two players to the team the loss of Powell isn't as big as some may think. Powell also took recruiting visits to Tennessee, West Virginia, and Nebraska so he was recruited like a high 3-star player. Miami's attention will now turn to other running back prospects. Keep an eye on Jeff Jones from the state of Minnesota. He's currently committed to Minnesota but is starting to set up some other visits, including one to Florida. With Powell now in the fold for the Gators, perhaps Jones will look more closely at the school that just lost Powell to the Gators. Recruiting can be wild and crazy sometimes. Powell was expected to report to Miami on Wednesday. Florida's offer to him that same morning caused him to delay. And today, he's officially a Gator. One thing's for sure, Miami's coaches will be hard on the recruiting trail starting next week -- when they can start visiting recruits in their homes and schools again -- trying to find another running back for the Class of 2014.
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