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Making an impression

FAU may not have added any commitments during its first major high school recruiting weekend, but it did impress players drawing interest from BCS schools.

Originally published on 1/13/2013

by Chuck King

Florida Atlantic may not have garnered any new commitments during its first major high school recruiting visit weekend, but the Owls did impress players who still have visits planned to more traditional football schools.

"I liked the players, the coaches, the atmosphere - It felt like I was right at home. I felt like I knew everybody. I could relate," said Gainesville running back Raphael Webb, who still expects to take visits to Boston College, Minnesota and possibly Vanderbilt.

"I didn't really have any expectations, but it was real nice and l liked it down there."

Six of the 14 recruits who visited FAU this weekend had already committed to the Owls.

Of the eight other players - all high schoolers - most have at least one scheduled trip to a BCS school remaining on their itinerary.

The closest to announcing a decision may be Riviera Beach-Suncoast defensive lineman Ke'Tyrus Marks, who also has interest from Northern Illinois and Western Kentucky.

"I loved my visit (to FAU)," he said. "I just want to get a second opinion from my father."

Jacksonville-University Christian defensive lineman Marquis Haynes, a North Carolina commit, and Vero Beach offensive lineman Chris Flaig, a Florida International commit, also made official visits to FAU this weekend.

Coral Springs-Taravella defensive back Robert Miller has an offer from Indiana, but chose to visit to FAU first.

The Owls also had two quarterbacks on campus. Todd Porter from O'Fallon (Illinois) has interest from Western Kentucky, while Port St. Lucie's D.J. Juste still expects to take visits to Illinois and potentially Georgia Southern.

"Im really just looking for a good program and good coaches," said Porter, who expects to visit the Hilltoppers next weekend. "The coaches (at FAU) proved they are really good coaches."

Juste actually broke away from the visit for a few hours on Saturday to play in the Palm Beach County-Treasure Coast All-Star Games, where he was named MVP.

"I loved my visit - it went great," Juste said. "FAU treated me like I was home. I felt I was a part of the team."

Those who had already committed to FAU said the visit only reinforced their decision.

"There was no doubt when I came in but it definitely reassured me," Tampa-Chamberlain defensive back Ronnie Scott said.
Here is a list of all 14 visitors who came to Boca Raton.

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