Powell starts off senior senior with a big-time win. (Photo by Zach Abolverdi/The Gainesville Sun)

This is the first in a series of profiles covering the 2013 Gator commits from the state of Florida.

Name: Quinton Powell
Committed: Feb. 18
School: Daytona Beach Mainland
Position: Outside linebacker
Height/Weight: 6-foot-2, 200 pounds
Scouting Report: Versatile athlete who lines up at linebacker, defensive end and tight end for Mainland. Plays with a high motor and brings a lot of intensity to his team. Has a nose for the football and is aggressive in the trenches. Excellent rusher off the edge with the speed to chase down ball carriers or save himself if he gets out of position. Improved his pass coverage skills this summer by competing in various combines and 7-0n-7 tournaments. Very skinny, especially in the lower body, and will need to bulk up when he reports to Florida. But he has the frame to put on weight and could be the total package once he has more size and strength.
For The Game:
Powell missed Mainland’s Kickoff Classic on Aug. 24 with sprained ligaments in his foot and the Bucs, ranked third in Class 6A, lost 30-13 to Altamonte Springs Lake Brantley. He returned in the season opener this past Friday against arch-rival DeLand, ranked seventh in Class 8A, and led his team to a 19-3 upset victory over the Bulldogs, who had won the last two games in the series. Powell sat out most of the third quarter with cramps, but he still finished with “a bunch” of tackles and three sacks, which is almost a fourth of his season total from 2011 (13). Powell’s presence helped the defense force five turnovers and hold DeLand running back Jojo Kemp, a South Florida commit, to 53 yards on 19 carries.
Video: Click HERE for my interview with Powell after the game.
Quotable: “Last week he wasn’t in the game and we missed the impact he has. Just the sense of him being on the field for his teammates gave the rest of the team energy and confidence because of him being a captain and the leadership he carries. It was a huge difference. The kid just has a motor that’s not going to stop and he’s a phenomenal athlete. I really have not seen or coached anybody better at this level. He makes plays in so many different ways and has that never-quit attitude.” — Mainland coach Scott Wilson
Notable: A consensus a four-star prospect; won linebacker MVP at the Orlando Nike Football Training Camp in April; won the 7-on-7 championship at Gridiron Kings in July; also competed in The Opening and IMG Madden Southeast Regional this past summer; ranked No. 8 positionally and No. 84 overall by ESPN, ranked No. 15 positionally and No. 199 overall by Rivals.