If you are a fan of Florida Atlantic University football – or just someone who has a passion for high school football in south Florida, you are going to love seeing more of your local stars stay home.
In past years, it was always tough to pinpoint what the game plan was for this program – because it was all over the place.
What has happened under Willie Taggart and his staff is more emphasis has been put in the Tri-County area, and why not?
The talent is so plentiful, especially in a year like this with the pandemic keeping many athletes close to home – prospects in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties will have the opportunity to see many locals perform in key roles – and nowhere is that more evident than this year’s recruiting class.
On National Signing Day 1, FAU
FAU’s early signing period netted 16 incoming freshmen and two transfer freshmen – and in that list are four impressive football players that the Owls took out of south Florida. These young men aren’t just football prospects. All are potentially elite talent that will no doubt inject this program with some more impact football talent that this program was indeed pleased to get on campus.
Justice Cross, OL, 6-2, 225, Deerfield Beach. This is definitely a football talent that can easily impact this program over the next two years as an outside linebacker - where he contributed to the success this past abbreviated season. This is one of those gifted football players who is quick and agile and plays this game with plenty of passion. Loves to make plays on defense.
Anthony Earle, OL, 6-3, 309, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons. A major reason why head coach Matt Dubuc and his football program brought home yet another state ( two in three years) title. A very agile prospect who has size, athleticism, strength and a knack of moving around the field quite well. His twin brother, Michael, has committed to FAU as a preferred walk-on. Have been watching this young man for a few years and have been impressed by his progress.
Jahmal Edrine, WR, 6-3, 215, Fort Lauderdale. Without hesitation, here is a football talent who has an opportunity to be one of the major “steals” the Owls came away with on NSD 1. This is an absolute beast in the making. He is quick, runs very impressive patterns and now has the size and strength to muscle back aggressive defensive backs who will be blown away by what this quality talent brings to the table in this class.
Zuberi Mobley, RB, 5-11, 190, Miami Northwestern. When all the recruits in this class are sorted out and get the chance to do their thing, here is someone who just may turn out to be the most productive prospect in this class. Because he was sparingly used this past season with the Bulls – because of other backs – last year, in his junior season at Miami Norland – he also wasn’t used to his full capacity. FAU could have another major football talent on campus.
The Owls still have some additional players to add to this list – and should be done this coming February 3, 2021.