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Quinton Powell picks USC

Daytona Beach Linebacker Quinton Powell has committed to USC. Powell wasn't concerned about USC's recent issues on the recruiting trail.

"Every time I heard about it, I shrugged it off. I was thinking about myself."

The attention the Trojans coaching staff paid to him made a difference in the end.

"...The coaching staff, the people, the way they treated me. They treated me with the utmost respect. They showed me that USC, I can fit there. It was just awesome."

At one point, he was committed to the University of Florida, which made the recruiting process a little bit hectic..

"The process was crazy. As soon as I decommitted (from Florida) there was a lot of fans giving me flack about it, asking me questions. Every day I had to deal with somebody asking me where I was going. I'm just glad that this process if finally over and everybody knows where I'm going and I don't have to keep telling the same story over and over."

There was a point where Powell couldn't see himself going across the country and living in Los Angeles. After a visit with those close to him, he felt more at home.

"At first I didn't but when I brought my family to USC, they felt like I would fit in great over there, too. It gave me peace."

Now that the process is done he can focus on his career at USC and what he needs to accomplish.

"Just working hard. At the end of the day, that's all you have to do. You have to work hard to get in that starting lineup, and that's what I'm going to do."

Powell is the twelfth verbal commitment in USC's class. The four star prospect chose the Trojans over Arkansas, Miami, and South Carolina among others. He’s ranked as the fourteenth best outside linebacker overall by the 247 composite ranking system.

Thomas Goldkamp contributed to this article.

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