Brandon Powell, a three-star athlete from Deerfield Beach, Fla., is staying close to home.
A verbal commitment to Tennessee, Powell pounced on an offer from his hometown team, switching his commitment to the Miami Hurricanes late Saturday night.
Powell’s departure leaves 23 committed players in the Vols’ 2014 class, including four or five wide receivers.
Powell was listed as an athlete and was projected to be everything from a running back to a receiver to a cornerback in college.
But while the Vols saw him as more of a slot receiver, the Hurricanes are apparently giving him a chance at running back.
While Powell’s position may have been a hurdle for Tennessee, geography was likely a bigger factor.
Targeting prospects from south Florida carries a certain amount of risk for out-of-region teams. When the hometown Miami Hurricanes swoop in, local products often have a hard time saying no.
The Vols currently have 12 receivers in camp, none of whom are scheduled to graduate, so the need for bodies isn’t as pressing as the need for SEC-caliber talent. Four-star prospect Dominique Booth is the highest-rated receiver in the Vols’ 2014 class. He committed July 19.