Brandon Powell

Brandon Powell (Sun Sentinel / August 3, 2013)

Winter Park defensive end Trent Harris expected to be getting to know his new college roommate today, just a day after his mother dropped him off for his first semester at the University of Miami.

But as he was awaited the arrival of Brandon Powell, the social media stratosphere filled up with a where's-Waldo-like report of Powell's whereabouts as the Deerfield Beach running back's change-of-heart played out over Twitter.

He was driving up I-95, he was in Ocala, he's arrived in Gainesville ... his progress was plotted like a Santa Claus map on Christmas eve. This trip, however, was quite real.

The talented 5-foot-9, 180-pound running back made an 11th-hour decision to bail on the Hurricanes to help fill a huge void in the 2014 recruiting class of the Florida Gators. There was apparently a snag in his transcripts, but that information is not clear.

Harris said the last he had talked to Powell was "a couple of days ago" when it seemed clear that both would be sharing the same room by Thursday. Harris will likely now be paired up with Joseph Yearby, a Miami Central running back who will be enrolling early, as well.

Deerfield Beach coach Allen Jackson told Christy Cabrera Chirinos of the South Florida Sun Sentinel on Friday morning, "He just got to Gainesville. I spoke with his dad and they were just driving and arriving on campus."

The rest of the story can be read here, 'Canes recruiting class takes a hit as Powell, Bethel decommit.

The Hurricanes lost two commits in two days. On Thursday cornerback Nigel Bethel also decommitted, opting to pledge his services to Texas Tech.  

Miami 2014 commitments (26)

WR Braxton Berrios, 5-9, 180, Raleigh (N.C.) Leesville Road
WR Tyre Brady, 6-3, 180, Homestead South Dade
OL Trevor Darling, 6-5, 330, Miami Central
DB Marques Gayot, 6-1, 190, Lake Worth Park Vista
OL Reilly Gibbons, 6-6, 278, St. Pete Catholic
ATH Trayon Gray, 6-1, 190, Miami Carol City
DE Trent Harris, 6-2, 231, Winter Park
TE Chris Herndon, 6-4, 225, Norcross (Ga.)
S Kiy Hester, 6-0, 201, Wayne (N.J,) De Paul Catholic
DT Calvin Heurtelou, 6-3, 305, Spring Valley (N.Y.) via Scottsdale (Ariz.) CC
DE Demetrius Jackson, 6-4, 230, Miami Booker T. Washington