Daytona Beach Mainland outside linebacker Quinton Powell signed with Southern Cal on Wednesday, meaning he’ll go from one coast to the other to reunite with former high school teammate Leonard Williams.
“I feel like if he wasn’t already so well known out there I wouldn’t have gone,” Powell said. “He already has the connections he needs. I think he can help me around a lot.”
Williams was the Pac-10 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year as a college rookie in 2012.
Powell said he made his decision several days ago after Florida informed him they would not wait for him to announce on National Signing Day.
“If Florida was still in it I think I would have made my decision on this day (Wednesday),” he said.
And who would he have signed with in that scenario?
“I probably would have gone to Florida. Maybe. …. maybe,” Powell said to that question.
Powell originally committed to the Gators last February over early offers from FSU, Purdue, Miami, USF, Vanderbilt and about 10 other schools. That list grew longer and longer over the summer and fall and Powell reopened his recruitment.
He narrowed his list to Miami and USC after saying Florida pulled its scholarship offer recently.
“That whole experience, it was hectic. I wouldn’t wish that on anybody,” Powell said. “USC was great. They called me every week. And Leonard helped me a lot. He told me some key things that I went down there (for an official visit).’
Powell is a rangy 6-3, 220-pound athlete who burst on to the national recruiting radar with a huge junior season in which he roamed from sideline to sideline while playing a defensive end position one one side, with Williams on the other flank.
Powell made his announcement for live ESPNU national television. He was one of six Mainland players who were introduced as signees in a National Signing Day ceremony in te school auditorium.
Mainland offensive lineman Wayne Scott and defensive lineman Jontey Byrd both signed with Kent State.
K’Jorn Simmons inked with Jacksonville. Chris Anthony and Keilan Jones chose Southwest Baptist University.