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Spread recruitment

FAU will stagger its recruiting visits this weekend, bringing some players to campus on Thursday and some on Friday. By spreading it out, FAU coaches expect to have more time to spend with each individual recruit.

Originally published on 1/17/2013

by Chuck King

FAU coach Carl Pelini felt like last week's first major high school recruiting weekend of the 2013 recruiting period was a little too busy, so he's made a change that will give him and his staff a little more time to spend with recruits.

The second major high school recruiting weekend will begin today, not Friday, and will be part of a staggered start.

About three quarters of the at least 12 incoming recruits will arrive on Thursday and leave on Saturday, with the remaining players coming on Friday and staying until Sunday.

"I didn't like the idea of having 15 guys there at once last week," said Pelini, referring to the previous week's recruiting weekend. "It went really well, but it was really hectic."

The staggered start should afford Pelini at least 30 minutes alone with each individual recruit. Bringing the recruits to campus on Thursday will also allow them to see the campus when it's full of life, with students populating the campus and planning weekend events.

With FAU picking up two more commitments this past week, the Owls now have 21 counting the five junior college players who signed in December. That leaves only four more slots to fill and for those the Owls are putting an emphasis on linemen.

Six offensive or defensive linemen will be visiting this weekend, only one of which - St Thomas Aquinas' Austin Bland - has committed.

Three other current FAU commitments will join Bland: Ft. Lauderdale-Boyd Anderson QB Greg Hankerson, Crestview DB Tyler Henderson and Tallahassee-Godby Lester Thomas.

"Anytime you have three visit weekends left and you only have four spots left, I'm ecstatic about where we are," Pelini said. "That's where you'd like to be. That is where a lot of the major, major programs are. For us to be there, that is a tribute to our assistant coaches."

For a complete list of expected visitors to FAU this weekend, click here.

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