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.

Special to The Miami HeraldFebruary 7, 2013 

  • 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

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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