Can Vols get Powell to re-commit?

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After flipping from Tennessee to Miami back in August, Brandon Powell said his decision was final and his recruitment was closed.

After taking an official visit to Tennessee this weekend, the Scout three-star running back is reconsidering that stance.

While the Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High School standout says he's still firmly committed to the Hurricanes, the Vols' coaching staff gave him something to think about during what he dubbed an all-around "great" visit.

"Right now, I'm committed to Miami," Powell told InsideTennessee. "But right now it's all getting crazy as it's coming down to the end. I have a tough decision to make."

Powell's decision to decommit from Tennessee was largely because the Vols wanted him to play slot receiver while Miami liked him as a running back.

That changed this weekend, too.

The speedster spend much time reconnecting with Vols running backs coach Robert Gillespie, breaking down film and outlining Tennessee's plans to use him as a ball carrier should he flip once more.

"They're recruiting me as a running back now, which is good," the 5-foot-10, 170-pound back said. "I like coach (Gillespie) a lot. I was cool with coach (Gillespie) when he was at West Virginia because he was recruiting me over there, and it was good getting here and talking to him again and he was just showing me how he could use me."

Other than showing Powell how his speed would be utilized in Tennessee's up-tempo scheme, Gillespie emphasized the Vols' need to add another running back with only one experienced starter on campus next season.

"That's what they were telling me the whole time, that they only had one running back left really," Powell told IT. "…He was just saying they needed a game-changer on their offense."

Powell originally committed to Tennessee during a June visit, when few students remain on campus.

Powell said he enjoyed getting a feel for Tennessee during the thick of the school year.

"Everyone was on campus and you got to get a feel for what the actual college was like," he said. "I liked it. It was good and fun."

This next week may not be so fun for Powell.

He plans to take an official visit to Miami next weekend with in-home visits scheduled all throughout the week, including one from Vols wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni.

He described the coming week as "plain crazy."

"They understand it's coming down to the end," Powell said. "Everything is pretty much crazy right now with people trying to hit you up and show you how much they want you."

That "want" is why Powell took an official visit to Tennessee in the first place.

"I wanted to get out to Tennessee because even though I decommited, they've still been contacting me and my dad and everything. That shows that they want me a lot," Powell told IT. "That's why I had to come out and visit, and I'm glad I did."


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