Wednesday night, FAU coach Charlie Partridge stated he wanted to “blanket” the state of Florida. Thursday night, Partridge can go to sleep knowing that the Owls did just that.
FAU’s coaches were all over the state on Thursday, and the recruiting news was nothing but positive. Here’s a quick rundown of what happened:
It took just one visit for assistant coach Roger Harriott to show his value. The former University School head coach landed a commitment from Mainland three-star running back Trey Rodriguez after meeting with the prospect early Thursday morning. Rodriguez had offers from a chunk of BCS schools and still plans to visit Southern Miss, but the charm of Harriott was enough to earn a verbal pledge from the prospect
Harriot then drove north on I-95 and met with Jacksnoville Raines three-star running back Alex Gardner.
Shula raced across State Road 80 to see players at both Pahokee and Belle Glade. The assistant coach visited with current wide receiver commit Jerry Jones and also sat down with three-star defensive back Ra’Shaun Croney. It’s looking more and more like Croney is an FAU-lean.
Shula wasn’t done, after his visit with Croney, he pulled into Village Academy. Shula was able to coordinate an unofficial visit for three-star defensive end Kevin Bronson after coaches from Nebraska and Virginia Tech had already visited the school. The Owls appear to be on the outside looking in, but landing any type of visit from Bronson shows there is some interest.
Partridge started his day at Booker T. Washington. There, the head coach met with three-star defensive tackle Jordan Ingraham and two-star linebacker Tevin Evans. Ingraham, who is committed to FIU, said he plans to take an official visit to FAU in the coming weeks.
After spending a few hours at Booker T., Partridge made his way to Coral Gables Senior to see running back Gregory Howell. According to Howell, the interaction went well and the three-star prospect will visit FAU this weekend. Partridge also stopped by St. Thomas Aquinas to talk with three-star offensive lineman Ryan Crozier.
Bellantoni handled the Panhandle for FAU. Bellantoni visited three-star linebacker and FAU commit Kris Harris at his high school and also saw two-star athlete Darius Harvey. The assistant coach then offered Niceville defensive end Marqui Daniel before finishing up his rounds.
The defensive coordinator was in Southwest Florida on Thursday chatting up a pair of prospects. Dewitt met with FAU offensive line commit Joe Gold and three-star linebacker D’Ronzjiah Mathews around noon. Both players fill needs for FAU, but Mathews is a major priority moving forward.
Wright already has one quarterback enrolled from the Class of 2014, but the offensive coordinator is chasing another. Wright was at Hialeah early in the morning to set up an official visit for three-star quarterback and Syracuse commit Alin Edouard. Edouard confirmed that he will visit in the coming weeks, and said there is some interest in FAU.
FAU didn’t meet with three-star Vero Beach wide receiver Will Dawkins on Thursday, but he stated that he’s planning to visit campus in the coming weeks. Dawkins said the Owls coaches should be at his high school sometime next week.
Everglades offensive lineman Nigel Kemp is also expecting a visit from FAU soon. He thinks the coaches could come by as early as Friday.
The Class of 2015 also got some attention, as South Plantation athlete Rodrick Archer told the Sun Sentinel he will take an unofficial visit to FAU this weekend.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun