ESPN college football recruiting reporter Greg Biggins has done a bang-up job over the last two days covering the reactions of west coast recruits to the two announcements made by Florida Gators head coach Urban Meyer about his future with the team. Biggins has reported new information on four-star cornerback commitment Joshua Shaw (Palmdale, CA) and five-star defensive end recruit Ronald Powell (Moreno Valley, CA) that that should interest Gators fans.
Shaw, who committed to Florida in November, reaffirmed his commitment to the Gators once again. “Man, I’m a Gator,” Shaw said. “My phone has been blowing up with calls from everyone but nothing has changed for me. I’m 100 percent committed to Florida and still play to enroll early there.”
He will participate in the Under Armour game in Orlando, FL, and plans to stay in-state so he can travel up to Gainesville and enroll early for spring classes. and football practice “When I committed to Florida, Coach Meyer was a big part of it but not the only reason. I love the school, the players, the city and everything else about it.”
The same cannot be said for Powell, one of the top recruits in the country who has been considered a heavy Florida lean for the last few months. Powell’s Rancho Verde High School coach, Pete Duffy, told Biggins that Powell is “pretty freaked out right now. He has been set on Florida for so long and now with the news over the weekend, he’s ready to re-open his recruitment. He loved Florida for a lot of reasons but playing for Coach Meyer was probably at the top of the list.” Duffy said Powell will consider the USC Trojans and Miami Hurricanes, both of whom are in his “top three.”
However, Duffy added that he spoke with tight ends coach Brain White “who I’ve known forever, and he assured me that Coach Meyer will be there, and I believe him. Ronald is thinking this could be about trying to save the recruiting class so he’s really [having] some second thoughts. He wants to sit down and talk with Coach Meyer man-to-man and see what’s up, and I think that’s a good idea.”
Shaw and Powell originally planned to attend the same school, enroll early and room together as freshmen. Gators fans hope those plans have not changed.
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