School: Deerfield Beach
Hometown: Deerfield Beach
Position: Offensive Line
Rivals Ranking: 4-star
Recruited by: Travaris Robinson, Brian White
Notable: Brandon Powell was another player who almost wasn’t a Gator. Powell was a Miami pledge before switching his commitment to Florida and enrolling early.
Powell led his high school team to a state championship and was named to the 8A All-State team in Florida as well as being named the Broward County 8A-7A-6A player of the year. Powell’s a speedy back that will fit into Florida’s new spread offense.
Powell visited Florida as a sophomore, but didn’t have an official scholarship offer until Kurt Roper took over as the new offensive coordinator. Former wide receivers coach Aubrey Hill recruited Powell while he was at Florida but Powell didn’t have much contact with the Gators after Hill left two seasons ago. The Florida offer afforded him the opportunity to get away from home and get a true college experience but not too far away from home.
Quotable: Powell told Scott Carter of GatorZone.com that he liked the distance of Gainesville from his home in Broward County; not too far but not too close.
“Once they [Florida] came back and offered me, I was like, ‘yeah, Florida’s the place to be.’ I wanted to get away from home a little bit. It’s not that far from home but far enough.”