The NCAA’s football recruiting dead period (no in-person contact) will end Wednesday and the frantic three-week race to the finish line of signing day will ensue. The trend in recruiting has been more early verbal commitments, but it is still the official visits and coaching in-home visits that usually tell the tale.
However, that was not true late last week as Miami’s loss was also Florida’s gain. All it took was a phone call. Deerfield Beach athlete Brandon Powell, one of the fastest prospects in the state, was set to enroll at Miami on Wednesday. That changed with two phone calls.
“I planned on going to school Wednesday. I woke up Wednesday morning planning to go to Miami, but they pushed the day back to Friday. Wednesday, that’s when Florida offered,” Powell said. “It was like right after I got off the phone (with Miami), (Will Muschamp) called, and that was it. He called my head coach and then I talked to him, he told me to come to the school. I mean, it was instantly (that I made up my mind), because I always wanted to go there, but I just had to think over some things. I always wanted to go (to Florida), but it was (making sure I was) picking the best school that I felt comfortable with, where I could have the best college atmosphere and experience, and that was at Florida.”
Powell gives UF one of the explosive play-makers that they covet as they try to change around an under-performing offense.
Another long-time Miami verbal commitment, Booker T. Washington’s cornerback Nigel Bethel, decided to de-commit from Miami and commit to Texas Tech.
“When I committed to the University of Miami, there were only like three schools that were really recruiting me. Texas Tech DB coach Kevin Curtis, he never gave up, he kept recruiting me. That showed me how much he really wanted me and how much he appreciated me,” he said.
Bethel was expected to be a nickel-type corner at Miami and able to contribute early. Teammate and Miami verbal commitment Demetrius Jackson will take an official to Texas Tech as well.
Fresh off of a BCS National Championship win, Florida State is running quite hot on the recruiting trail. Three juniors verbally committed to FSU last week: Miramar cornerback Tyrek Cole, Miami Central safety Calvin Brewton, and Jacksonville Trinity Christian offensive guard Kendrick Norton. Each are nationally-rated recruits and among the best prospects in the state for the next cycle. North and Brewton won state titles as juniors.
Locally, Island Coast running back/safety Trey Boyd has transferred to IMG Academy in Bradenton.
“This is a great opportunity for Trey to grow as a young man, to live away from home, and to train with some of the best minds in the business. Trey is following his dream,” said Scott Boyd, his father.
Boyd rushed for 1,266 yards as a junior at Island Coast.