FAU football | National Signing Day

FAU Owls fill signing day class with state prospects


Florida Atlantic coach Carl Pelini secured 25 commitments on National Signing Day, with 17 students coming from Florida.

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FAU signings

Player, pos. School Ht., Wt.
Greg Hankerson, QB Boyd Anderson 6-0, 170
Quez Johnson, QB E. Miss. Com. College 6-1, 225
D.J. Juste, QB Port St. Lucie 6-2, 195
Jay Warren, RB Navarre 6-0, 195
Lucky Whitehead, WR Manasas (Va.) 5-10, 165
Kalib Woods, WR Neptune Beach Fletcher 6-2, 190
Dustin Bowens, TE Flagler Palm Coast 6-4, 230
Jace Banfell, OL Pensacola Catholic 6-3, 290
Austin Bland, OL St. Thomas Aquinas 6-2, 270
Jeremy Faulk, OL Palatka 6-3, 270
Branden Lyons, OL City Col. of San Fran. 6-5, 290
Jakobi Smith, OL Coral Reef 6-4, 250
Trey Hendrickson, DL Apopka 6-4, 220
Lance Burlingame, DT Dean College (Mass.) 6-4, 280
Derek Butcher, DT N. Dakota St. Col. 6-4, 295
Robert Relf, OLB Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy 6-1, 210
Andrew Curtis, OLB Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy 6-1, 215
Reggie Brown, CB Tampa Jesuit 5-10, 160
Marcus Clark, CB Talla. N. Fla. Chr. 5-7, 185
Ronnie Scott, CB Tampa Chamberlain 5-10, 160
Lester Thomas, CB Tallahassee Godby 5-10, 165
Robert Miller, DB Taravella 6-2, 190
Tyler Henderson, S Crestview 5-11, 190
Marc Mauro, S Bayville (N.Y.) 6-1, 195
Bobby Mitchell, ATH St. Augustine6-2, 175

Special to The Miami Herald

In less than seven months, Florida Atlantic will open its 2013 season with its first-ever game against the University of Miami.

The following week, FAU will play its first-ever Conference USA game, and the Owls’ new stadium is less than two years old.

There are a lot of “new” things happening at FAU. And on Wednesday, second-year FAU coach Carl Pelini added to the list by announcing the signing of 25 recruits, including 17 from Florida.

“I’m proud of the effort our coaching staff put into this class,” Pelini said at his National Signing Day news conference. “We had 25 commitments coming into the day, and we had 25 signed by early in the day.

“I’ve been in this business a long time, and that doesn’t happen often, that there are no glitches on signing day.”

The three highest-rated Owls recruits are all three-star players: offensive lineman Austin Bland of St. Thomas Aquinas, defensive tackle Lance Burlingame from Franklin, Mass., and linebacker Robert Relf, a junior-college transfer from Phoenix.

The Owls loaded up at several positions, including quarterback, where they signed three, including local prospect Greg Hankerson of Boyd Anderson. The other QBs are junior-college transfer Quez Johnson and Port St. Lucie standout D.J. Juste, who can also play receiver.

Bland is one of five Owls offensive-line recruits, including Coral Reef’s Jakobi Smith.

The Owls got a whopping seven defensive backs, including Taravella’s Robert Miller.

Including Relf, five of the Owls recruits are junior-college transfers who are already enrolled at FAU.

“This is the best class in the history of the university,” Pelini told The Palm Beach Post. “We got the local kids to stay home.”

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