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FAU made its first scholarship offer to D.J. Juste when he was a sophomore.


Long-standing courtship

FAU has been recruiting Port St. Lucie's D.J. Juste for years. In a few weeks the Owls will know for certain whether the QB will sign with Florida Atlantic.

Originally published on 1/15/2013

by Chuck King

FAU has been watching Port St. Lucie's D.J. Juste for quite a while.

The Owls first offered Juste a scholarship back when he was a sophomore - and Howard Schnellenberger was the FAU coach.

Carl Pelini took over the Owls' program last year and almost immediately let Juste know that the offer was still good.

Several other schools have come looking at Juste, but most of them want to move from quarterback to wide receiver or defensive back. That may not be the case if he chooses to sign with FAU.

"They've always wanted me as a  quarterback," he said. " I have a great chance to play as a true freshman."

Juste is Port St. Lucie's all-time leading passer and rusher, and he returned a punt for a school-record 99 yards as a senior. He also earned MVP honors at the Palm Beach County-Treasure Coast All-Star Game on Saturday.

He visited FAU during the Owls' first major high school recruiting weekend - not that he didn't already have plenty of firsthand knowledge about Florida Atlantic.

Juste attended a camp and some games at FAU over the past couple seasons. He said everything that happened that weekend reinforced his positive opinion of the school.

An in-school visit from FAU head coach Carl Pelini on Tuesday may have Juste thinking even more about donning an FAU uniform.

In the coming weeks Juste had planned to visit Illinois, a school that wants to move him to wide receiver, but now he's not so sure he's going to make that visit.

"I think I'm just going to get ready to sit down and think about it a lot and make my decision," Juste said.

When Juste makes up his mind, don't count on him announcing his intentions until Signing Day.

"I don't want to say anything yet," he said.

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