Keep track of all the offers and commitments leading up to National Signing Day 2013 with our 2013 FAU Recruiting Board.
We just added three recent offers to the list today!
KInd of strange we don't have any verbal commitments at this stage isn't it?
Apparenty you're not the only one who thinks FAU is a bit behind.
The new FAU beat writer for the Sun-Sentinel agrees. Here's his first blog post.
Way to ease into the new gig by taking cheap shots at the school you now cover.
Not so sure about a cheap shot. It's more of an interesting, factual observation. Pelini did a pretty good job last year though, given the time he had...so let's just hope it turns around.
The "local coaches won't let FAU on campus" angle is way overblown and is the writer just taking the easy way out.
Case in point - If you bring up Atlantic's coach being pissed, you should also mention the two kids who signed out of American Heritage and the player we got from Glades Central.
I'd say we did pretty good in Palm Beach County last season. Instead the blogger says "the tone is hostile." It kind of depends what school you go to.
Also, this site lists around 100 offers, not "just shy of 50 offers" like the S-S blog says.
If FAU hasn't picked up an offer it's not for a lack of trying, If you follow FAU recruiting, it's not that unusual.
Be patient and I'm pretty sure Pelini and Co. will be able to sign a few players in Feb. and then who will care how many committed by July?
We went 1-11 and lost its coach and athlethic director in the last year is anyone surprised by our lack of commits not to mention program uncertainty?
New programs get commits because they are new, and Winners get committments because they are winners. FIU and NT are getting committments because they moved up to CUSA.
We actually have to win games to get committments for next year.
I've spent a lot of time with local high school coaches over the past couple of months and have yet to have one tell me that FAU is not welcome on their campus. In fact, most talk about how they are building relationships with the new coaching staff.
Any high school coach that would deprive a player from receiving a scholarship simply because he is mad at that school is simply being selfish.
As for not having a commitment yet, I do believe that this staff is actually following a similar strategy implemented by the previous regime - watch and see. I think the offers FAU has handed out are to high-quality prospects and the staff wants to see whether they have a chance at landing that kind of talent. If not, the coaches likely have a list of players they'd want to see perform during their senior season before recruiting them more heavily.
Overall, I would not be too concerned about the lack of commitments, though it is interesting that in each of the past three seasons the much maligned Schnellenberger regime had more commitments at this point.
Maybe it is to try for the better high school recruits (only multi offered 2 stars and above - NO zero or only one offers - there is a reason nobody offers them out of 124 FBS programs!) and fill the rest with JUCO's who are much better than the zero or "marginal" 2 star incoming freshman?
Works for me personally!
So we are the only school to not have a commitment. FAU should immediately go out and get some second-teamer to commit so we can all feel better.
@Pacifico - And then what? Pul that scholarship when better talent comes along. Then you are back angering coaches. Is it really that important to have one commit? It's not like the other Sun Belt schools have their classes almost full.
I love it and agree 100% with ya @Pacifico! By the way, he was being sarcastic!
Uh, yeah. I was kidding. I thought it would be obvious.
Does anyone think we are in danger of not being able to sign players? Have to hold walk-on tryouts to field a team? It matters very little who has committed in July.
Only if we go 1-11 again - NOT gonna happen!
My bad - read it too quickly. But yes, there are people beginning to panic. Obviously we agree that it's way too early for that.
Thanks Brad. I love Signing Day. Fun day to cover.
Chuck: I really enjoyed your story on the players of the Class of 2016. Our depth just keeps getting better every year. Interesting story on Pat Chun...
Fantastic recruits. Hats off to all the Owl's coaches who made it happen. Let's bring it to the field in 2016. To all the new recruits: It's Owl Time...
Electric day for FAU. Thoroughly impressed with the way this class came together.
A very strong class. Quality player across the board.I don't think FAU football has been this deep in many years. Lots of competition come spring...