2013 Football Recruiting: Florida Gators Lose Quinton Powell; OLB Decommits

Just one day after adding outside linebacker Matt Rolin to their 2013 football recruiting class, the Florida Gators lost another at the same position. Quinton Powell decided the numbers didn’t work in his favor and reopened his recruitment.

Quinton Powell - Florida GatorsPowell’s exit doesn’t come as much of a surprise. There were rumors that he would still look around after finding out the Gators weren’t done adding linebackers to their class. With the commitment of Rolin, the writing was on the wall that Florida would continue to find the right fits for their defense. Powell decided that he might not be one of those fits anymore.

Rolin joined Daniel McMillian, James Hearns and Keanu Neal (although Neal is also listed at safety where he will most likely play) on the Gators’ commitment list. Word had been that Powell wasn’t happy with the numbers for quite some time and wanted to take additional visits.

The 6’2”, 194-pound OLB from Daytona Beach, FL (Mainland) will now turn his attention to possible visits to Miami and USC. 247Sports ranks Powell as the nation’s No. 180 overall prospect and the No. 14 outside linebacker.

2013 Football Recruiting: 4 Florida Gators Among New Rivals100

The latest version of the Rivals100 was released on Tuesday and the list contained four Florida Gators’ commitments. The four, in order, are linebacker Daniel McMillian, wide receiver Ahmad Fullwood, running back Kelvin Taylor and defensive back Nick Washington. Taylor was the newbie among the group while defensive tackle Caleb Brsntley fell out of the top 100.

McMillian leads the way at No. 66 with Fulwood not far behind him at No. 69. The two are widely regarded to be two of the Gators’ top commits although many residents of the state of Florida would argue the newest orange and blue member of the top 100 should be much higher up the list.

That would be Taylor, who is definitely one of the nation’s top running backs, but may be the best one depending on who you ask. Taylor makes his Rivals100 debut at No. 92. He’s followed be Washington at No. 99.

With the exception of Taylor, Gators fell this time around – McMillian 13 spots, Fulwood 10 and Washington five. Brsntley was No. 82 in the first list, but will now be a member of the Rivals250.

2013 Football Recruiting Report: James Hearns – Linebacker – Tallahassee, FL

On February 2, 2012, the Florida Gators added two linebackers to their 2013 recruiting class. The first was Jacksonville’s (First Coast) Daniel McMillian and he was immediately followed by Tallahassee’s (Lincoln) James Hearns. Hearns joins 2012 signee Raphael Andrades from Lincoln and the connection doesn’t end there. Former Gator great Jacquez Green is the school’s offensive coordinator. Lincoln has plenty of talent and we hope the path to Florida doesn’t end with Hearns.

The Rundown

Name: James Hearns
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 230
Hometown: Tallahassee, FL
High School: Lincoln
Class: 2013
Rankings: 247Sports – 4 stars, No. 10 ILB, No. 190 Overall | ESPN – 4 stars, No. 8 ILB | Scout – 3 stars, No. 15 ILB | Rivals – 4 stars, No. 7 ILB, No. 157 Overall
Status: Committed to Florida

The Report

Hearns is a power defender, meaning he uses his strength to his advantage in almost every situation. Watch just a few moments of his highlights reels and you’ll see him run through most ball carriers and push many blockers out of his way. His raw power builds as he accelerates and he doesn’t always have to use technique to bring offensive players to the ground. Once Hearns gets a full head of steam, he can go up against much of what the offense has to offer. As he fills out and learns improved ways to condition at the college level, his power and strength will only increase, making him a dangerous individual to be hit by.

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2013 Football Recruiting Report: Daniel McMillian – Linebacker – Jacksonville, FL

One of the Florida Gators’ highest rated commitments, Jacksonville, FL (First Coast) linebacker Daniel McMillian is also one of the most important recruits to hold on to. Whether playing inside or outside linebacker (the recruiting services seems to differ on where he should end up), McMillian is a dynamic athlete with a certain amount of beast mode to the way he plays. Committed to Florida, his recruitment won’t stop and a number of programs will continue to pursue him.

The Rundown

Name: Daniel McMillian
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 220
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
High School: First Coast
Class: 2013
Rankings: 247Sports – 4 stars, No. 3 OLB, No. 44 Overall | ESPN – 4 stars, No. 2 OLB, No. 38 Overall | Scout – 4 stars, No. 3 ILB, No. 44 Overall | Rivals – 4 stars, No. 2 ILB, No. 53 Overall
Status: Committed to Florida

The Report

McMillian has the potential to turn into a nightmare for opposing offenses much in the manner Jevon Kearse was during his time with the Gators. He’s an all-out player that seems to gravitate toward the ball. McMillian has the innate ability to sniff out plays and the direction they are headed. Many times, you’ll find him on the ball carrier almost immediately when the rest of the defense has yet to make a read on the play. It’s this type of instinctive play that generally guides a linebacker to greatness. As he refines the rest of his game, his ball awareness will be the strength that allows him to succeed.

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2013 Football Recruiting: 3 Florida Gators Among Rivals 100 And 250 Rankings

Over the past two days, Rivals has released their first Rivals 100 and Rivals 250 football recruiting rankings for 2013. The Florida Gators – with four committed prospects already – have three players placed on those lists. All three were also given four-star status by the recruiting service.

Linebacker Daniel McMillan is up first on the list. The Jacksonville, FL (First Coast) linebacker ranks in at No. 53 overall. McMillan also had offers from Alabama and Florida State. Up next – and also in the Rivals 100 – is Crescent City, FL (Crescent City) defensive tackle Caleb Brantley at No. 82. Rivals is going to want to add a picture or two if they plan to keep Brantley on the list. Tallahassee, FL (Lincoln) linebacker James Hearns also received four stars, but was part of the Rivals 250. Hearns ranks in at No. 157.

The only commit to not make the list is Winter Haven, FL (Winter Haven) running back Adam Lane, but it may only be a matter of time. Lane is a power runner who also holds an offer from Ohio State. What may actually be holding him back is the sheer number of great running backs in the 2013 class. For example, there are nine RBs in the Rivals 100 and another three athletes that have a chance to end up at the position. Of those 12, seven are from states with SEC programs.

For more on the Gators’ 2013 recruiting class, visit the dedicated page we’ve set up. It contains measurables, rankings, links and more.

2013 Football Recruiting: Florida Gators Add James Hearns

Thursday wasn’t the first day 2013 prospects could commit to their school of choice, but it sure felt like it was. Earlier in the day, the Florida Gators added linebacker Daniel McMillian and then it was announced that defensive end/linebacker James Hearns had committed as well. Hearns, from Tallahassee, FL (Lincoln), fits the mold of 3-4 outside linebacker and possibly even defensive end in the 4-3. Yes, that means he fits into the position we have come to known as the buck.

The 6’3″, 230-pound Hearns is the No. 192 overall player in the nation according to 247 and the No. 11 strong-side defensive end. He joins 2012 signee Raphael Andrades as Gators from Lincoln and might not be the last. Wide receivers Reggie Davis and Taj Williams are also targets and among the nation’s best pass catchers. The pipeline between Florida and the Tallahassee school may be open and some thanks could go to former Gator All-American Jacquez Green who is currently the high school’s offensive coordinator.

With the fast start to 2013, make sure you check the 2013 Gators Football Recruiting Class page frequently.

2013 Football Recruiting: Daniel McMillian Joins The Florida Gators 2013 Class

Only one day after National Signing Day 2012, the Florida Gators doubled the size of their 2013 football recruiting class. The first of the new commits is Jacksonville, FL (First Coast) linebacker Daniel McMillian. The 6’3″, 220-pound McMillian is part of ESPN’s 2013 top 150, ranks in at No. 146 on 247’s list, and had offers from Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State, South Carolina and others. The linebacker is sure to be one of the nation’s best at the position when all of the recruiting services start put together their watch lists.

It’ll be interesting to see if McMillian’s commitment has an impact on the recruitment of additional 2013 recruits from First Coast. The school has two defensive backs in particular that fit right into the mode Will Muschamp looks for in terms of size. Cornerback Darius Witty is 6’1″, 180 pounds while safety Tyrell Lyons measures in at 6’2″, 200. The Buccaneers have another FBS prospect in defensive end Seyvon Lowrey. Lowrey currently has an offer from Ole Miss.

Hopefully McMillian’s commitment means good things are on the way for Florida recruiting in the Jacksonville area. That’s a pipeline the Gators need to consistently take advantage of.