Originally Posted by DieAGator
I don't feel like QP's done anything "wrong" that we as fans should remember him for or feel marginalized because of. Recruiting is a tough game to play and staff's are constantly in meetings behind closed doors deciding if a player should or shouldn't have a future at their school, and under which conditions they would or would not bring them on board. So far I cannot tell that Powell had an unconditional, open offer to be a Gator. I think he's really talented(apparently) but he's really a tweener in my book. Yes, he might eventually carry 225lbs but that's likely a couple seasons away. And by then we'll have another eight- likely more physically ready- LBs on roster.
At this point I say if he can get on the sinking ship that is USC, god bless him and good luck.
Can someone refresh my memory... do we know exactly why he decommitted to begin with? Seems to me he felt some kind of pressure to try his luck back on the recruiting stage.
He was committed! He had
that very offer. He decided to look around on the same weekend that Rolin committed back in December, and all the articles I found cited an interest in "looking around". Scout said he wanted to do so as he'd "matured" during the process.
One quote attributed to Powell by Zach A
was enlightening back, just a day or so before he said he would visit elsewhere and then promptly decommitted:
Powell couldn’t put a percentage on his commitment to the Gators, but he said it is solid and the coaches have talked to him about his decision.
“They’re fine with it, but they just let me know that they’re going to keep recruiting other linebackers because it wouldn’t fair if I changed my decision and they were left out to dry,” Powell said. “So we’re both working together and keeping each other updated on where things are at.”
Seems to me like if he'd stick by his plan, there was always a scholarship there for him. So it's really his loss...