Is DE Ronald Powell a silent commit to the Gators?

By Adam Silverstein
December 16, 2009

OGGOA reported Tuesday evening that Florida Gators head coach Urban Meyer was absent from his team’s first practice since its 2009 SEC Championship loss because he was in California on a recruiting trip likely visiting four-star cornerback commit Joshua Shaw (Palmdale, CA) and recruits five-star defensive end Ronald Powell (Moreno Valley, CA) and four-star wide receiver Kenny Stills (Carlsbad, CA).

Though the other team Powell is considering is the local USC Trojans, he has been leaning toward the Gators for some time according to recruiting analysts and has even gone out of his way to take numerous unofficial visits to Gainesville, FL, on his family’s own dime. Sports Illustrated recruiting reporter Kristian Dyer believes Powell is “most likely a silent verbal to Florida, as players have noted that he lobbied hard for them to join him in Gainesville when he took his official visit in September.”

When Shaw committed to the Gators exactly a month ago, he told reporters to expect others from his home state to join him across the country. “I’ll say this, there’s definitley more to come for the 2010 class,” Shaw said at the time. He also mentioned that he and Powell have made plans to attend the same school and room together as freshmen. Powell is considered to be the No. 1 available recruit on Florida’s board with four-star WR Chris Dunkley (Pahokee, FL) a close second.

UPDATE: Scouts, Inc. is reporting that Powell is indeed ready to make his college commitment official. He apparently tried to set up an announcement that would air on the ESPNU Recruiting Insider show this week but requested the time in too short of notice for the producers to make it to happen. OGGOA will keep you updated on Powell’s announcement as information regarding its occurrence is made available.


  1. gator347 says:

    This guy is a beast. It would be nice. He has a shot to play as a freshman.

  2. Drew 4 Orange and Blue says:

    We need Dunlap’s replacement and this has to be our #1 priority!!!! Can this kid enroll early?

  3. Gator says:

    Looks like Ronald is ready to make it official! Hope he chooses the Orange and Blue!

  4. O-town Gator says:

    I also hope Powell heads to UF; sounds like he’s very interested if indeed he’s a “silent verbal” at this point. We’ll likely know more on Friday.

  5. Mr2Bits says:

    Oh please Santa give me a jacked defensive end from California for Christmas

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