USC signed its first un-committed recruit on National Signing Day when LB Quinton Powell faxed in his Letter of Intent to the Trojans.
Powell, a Daytona Beach, FL native had previously been committed to Florida, though he de-committed from them late in the game and added USC to the mix. Recruited by Southern specialists Tee Martin and Ed Orgeron, Powell was so enamored with his official visit to USC that he took in January that he cancelled all other trips he had planned after.
His decision was expected to come down between USC and Florida, but with less than a week to go before Signing Day, Florida pulled his offer entirely. This move suggested Powell would ultimately end up a Trojan, though he did tweet his new interests included Miami, Oregon and South Carolina.
With his signing, the Trojans prove once again they can lure top talent out of Florida, as they did last year with Leonard Williams and Nelson Agholor.
Aside from Michael Hutchings, Powell is the only other linebacker USC has signed for 2013. His build and skill set make his a linebacker similar to current Trojans Dion Bailey and Hayes Pullard–lean and fast, with the ability to play on the outside and defend the pass.
During his announcement, the ESPN analysts asked him how he felt about all the recent de-commitments coming out of USC, to which he said,”Every time I heard about it I really just shrug it off.” He went on to say that those players made the best decision for them, while he made the best decision for himself.
Powell is the third athlete to sign with USC on Wednesday, for a total of nine signed, including early enrollees.
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