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Kosnitzky’s Korner: Will Another Miami Hurricane Decommit?

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As the college football season comes to a close and the dead period for coach-player contact has ended, recruitment for the Class of 2014 has reached its peak.  The University of Miami, like so many other schools, is scrambling to keep their stellar class, while attempting to add players lost by other programs.  Reports have surfaced that Miami Running Back Commit, Brandon Powell will now decide between the Hurricanes and the Gators for his final destination.  



With 5 star Running Back, Dalvin Cook, now committed to Florida State, the other two Florida schools are looking to add Powell to their backfields.  Powell is listed as a 3 star back who rushed for 1,339 yards and gained 237  yards as a receiver, this year. (  Playing on both sides of the ball, he helped lead Deerfield Beach High to an 11-1 season and district title.  After committing to the Miami Hurricanes in August, Powell seemed destined to be a  Hurricane.  With the Gators only offering Powell yesterday, it will be interesting to learn his decision.  Currently the only other running back among the Hurricanes 2014 recruiting class is  5 star Miami Central player, Joseph Yearby, who broke his fibula last month.  


If Powell flips to Florida, this will be the school’s second decommit this week.  Four star Defensive Tackle, Trayvon Valentine reopened his recruitment over the weekend and it was believed that LSU was a possible area of interest for him.  The writer feels the Champagnat Catholic lineman would make an impact immediately on a Hurricanes defensive squad that yielded over 500 yards per game during the second half of the season.  Miami has made another effort to lure Valentine, according to the Miami Herald.




Whether it was the uncertainty with Golden, the pounding the Canes took in the Russell Athletic Bowl or other factors,  life has not been easy in Coral Gables. Miami’s recruiting class has now slipped to 10th, according to  With Duke Johnson, injured, Miami struggled on the ground which contributed to the team’s 2-4 finish this season.  While in celebration, Florida State is looking to repeat their greatness, Florida is looking to rebuild their program.  For Miami this will be an interesting sprint to the finish.  



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