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: Keanu Neal Commits To Florida; Gators Add Bushnell Safety

The fury finally ended on Saturday with the commitment of Bushnell, FL (South Sumter) safety Keanu Neal. Neal became the sixth recruit to commit to the Florida Gators on Saturday alone and the 10th member of the 2013 recruiting class.

When all was said and done, the Gators had increased their class size from four to 10 and had jumped to the top of 247Sports’ team rankings.

Neal isn’t just another name on the list; he’s a good one at that. The safety received four-star status from Rivals.com and three from 247. The latter ranks him as the nation’s No. 26 safety. At 200 pounds already, there’s a chance Neal could end up as an outside linebacker in the mold of someone like Earl Everett (that’s our first Everett mention here at Hail Florida Hail and we couldn’t be happier).