Quinton Powell checks in at 6'2 and 220-pounds from Daytona Beach (FL) Mainland high school. The Gators missed on defensive linemen Leonard Williams in the 2012 class but struck gold with Powell who could end up playing defensive end or linebacker for the Gators.
The Gator coaching staff wanted to put more emphasis on in-state prospects and so far have dominated the state of Florida during the early part of the 2013 recruiting process. When you are in Florida the primary objective will always be to take care of your own and for head coach Will Muschamp that is exactly what he and his staff have done.
Powell felt the family atmosphere in Gainesville and decided it was time.
"I felt like the players that already committed were trying to be my brothers," he said. "The coaches were real down to earth, they wanted me to be a part of the foundation, and I felt like I was at home."
He is a little taken back at the moment and kind of checking to see if this is a dream.
"It hasn’t hit me yet," he said. "It doesn't feel real. It was always a dream to go to Florida, and I never thought it would come true.
According to Powell, he really was allowed to make the decision on his own.
"It kind of hit me," he said. "I asked my dad what do you think? He said 'it’s all you'. Before I made my official decision I asked a lot my friends and my mom, and they all said the same thing."
Powell has early offers from Clemson, Florida, Miami, Purdue, South Carolina and South Florida to name a few but in the end it was all about the Gators.
Orlando MVP Camp February 27, 2011:
Mainland's Quinton Powell was one of the best looking players on the field. The 2013 prospect is jacked up and moves like a Safety. Look for him to really make a name for himself as a junior.
Mike Bakas Take:
Powell, 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, is very athletic and shows good quickness off the football. He's probably quick and athletic enough to play linebacker at this level but he Will Likely grow into a defensive end in college. He needs to continue getting stronger and more physical but he has a lot of the tools you look for in a major college DE prospect. He'll be one to watch for the 2013 class.
Quinton Powell is a Gator.