Quinton Powell looking around

Quinton Powell was one of the earliest commitments in Florida's 2013 class, but now he wants to make sure he made the right choice. The linebacker of Mainland (Daytona Beach, FL) high school plans to take a few official visits now that he's "matured" in the recruiting process. Get the latest on the Gators commitment here.

"I'm telling everyone the same thing, I'm committed to Florida, but I'm going to take visits. If I go up and take visits and I feel like Florida is the school for me, I'm pretty sure my commitment will be a little bit stronger," said Quinton Powell.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound linebacker says the only official on the calendar so far is to Florida on December 7th, but he plans to visit USC, Miami, and Oregon. Of those schools, Oregon is the only one yet to offer him. Powell said nothing has changed with his relationship to Florida, he just feels that he's grown up a lot since he made his commitment back in February.

"I always had (visits) on the back burner. When I first committed, I would say I was very immature in the situation. I didn't base my decision on me, myself, and I. I committed to Florida because of what my friends and family wanted me to do, and I never really looked into it," he said.

If Powell signs with Florida, he wants it to be because it was the best choice for him, and not because it was the only program he truly considered.

"I'm starting to realize that this is a business. I have to actually evaluate things. I don't want to miss out on opportunities in life. I've barely left Florida in my life, I just want to see something different," he said.

"I'm one of those family oriented guys, and when I first committed to Florida, that was all I was thinking about. Now that I've matured in this recruiting process, I need to go out there and be mature about the situation and actually evaluate other schools. There could be better opportunities out there and I don't want to miss them because I didn't look."

Previously, Powell wouldn't even talk to other coaches who called. Now, he's realized he should listen to what they have to say. At this point, USC seems to be recruiting him the hardest. His best friend and former teammate, Leonard Williams, had a great freshman year at USC and has had good things to say about the program to Powell.

The first official visit on the list is to Gainesville this weekend. Lots of Florida commitments and a few top targets will be on hand, and Powell is excited to see them all.

"(I'm looking forward) to seeing my brothers again, checking on their seasons, interacting with the coach, having dinner at his house. It should be a great experience," he said.

Stay tuned to FOX Sports NEXT for the latest on Quinton Powell's recruitment.

Canes Time Top Stories