Four-star linebackers Daniel McMillian (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast) and Quinton Powell (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland) entered this weekend with their Florida commitments somewhat in question.
McMillian took an official visit to Ohio State on Nov. 23 and Powell has wanted to take trips to Miami, Oregon and USC for months.
McMillian, an early enrollee, told an OSU site he would make a final decision following his official to UF.
And that’s what he did.
“I’m 100 percent to Florida,” McMillian said Sunday. “I’m not considering Ohio State anymore.”
The Buckeyes lost the battle with McMillian even before his visit with the Gators.
“The visit to Ohio State made it happen,” he said. “I just didn’t feel it. I couldn’t see myself playing in Ohio or in the Big Ten. I want to play for Florida and in the SEC where all the competition is at. But I’m glad I was able to experience something different at Ohio State. I’ll never look back and be like, ‘I wish I would have did this.’ ”
Powell seems to be in the same boat as McMillian.
He has been eyeing other visits since September and still has his sights set on three schools.
However, his official to UF made things more difficult for its competitors.
“It will be harder for other schools to sway me after the weekend I just had,” Powell said. “I’ve been committed to Florida since February, so it’s going to take a lot.”
Powell plans to visit Miami, Oregon and USC in January, though nothing has been set up yet. The lifelong Floridian is looking forward to seeing something new and making sure UF is the right place for him.
“I’m just going to have fun and be in a different environment,” Powell said. “They would really have to persuade me with something mind-blowing. I just want to see what’s out there at the end of the day. If I actually takes these visits and feel 10 times stronger about Florida, then I will have accomplished my goal.”
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.”