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Palatka defensive tackle Jeremy Faulk will be visiting FAU beginning today.

Originally published on 1/31/2013

by Chuck King

Florida Atlantic coaches have spent the past couple of weeks trying to identify under-recruited players who could round out the 2013 recruiting class. One such player will begin his official visit later today.

Palatka defensive tackle Jeremy Faulk will be coming to Boca Raton on Thursday for a two-day visit, then head further south to Florida International for the remainder of the weekend.

At the moment the Owls and the Golden Panthers are the only two FBS schools recruiting Faulk. Why is there relatively little interest in the 6-foot-2, 250-pound prospect? Faulk believes it has to do more with team performance than individual ability.

Palatka posted a 1-9 season during Faulk's junior season, which gave college recruiters little reason to stop by campus during his senior year. The Panthers improved to 4-6 in a 2012 season that saw Faulk make 71 tackles, including 17 for loss – three of which were sacks.

“We were unknown,” Faulk explained.

When FAU recruiting coordinator Jeff Sims saw Faulk's video he decided to investigate further. Earlier this week Sims talked to Faulk at school and paid the family a home visit.

“He likes how I come off the ball,” Faulk said.

Mobility is certainly a strength for Faulk, who also played fullback as a senior. Faulk tied for second on the Panthers in rushing touchdowns with five and averaged more than 4 yards per carry. He doesn't intend to carry the ball at FAU, though.

Faulk figured he was likely to be FIU bound, but the change in the coaching staff has him reconsidering.

Should he choose FAU, the Owls won't be getting a cheerleader.

“I lead by example not words,” Faulk said.

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