Final Weekend of Recruiting
Howard Schnellenberger

Howard Schnellenberger

Feb. 2, 2001
Bpca Raton News

For FAU's prospective football players, the sun rises early on the second morning of an official recruiting visit. Coaches and players assemble for Sunday breakfast and take the scenic route to FAU, traveling through Mizner Park.

Study of football "FAU style" is the order of the day. Coaches meet individually with players of each unique position assignment and provide an overview of the style of offense, defense, and special teams that we will employ. A coach occasionally will put a player to the blackboard and query the prospect's depth of knowledge about his position. Position coaches are able to observe the players demonstrate confidence on their feet.

We don't forget that we, too, are in the evaluating stages. We study the players, they study us.

As head coach, I hold a personal meeting with each player. This is when a scholarship may be offered. On many occasions, a player may give his commitment. At the very least, we agree on a schedule for his decision-making.

I and my coaching staff and all those involved in the recruiting process are extremely gratified at this writing. Since the Tom Oxley Center has opened as our home base for recruiting, nearly every player making an official visit has been offered a scholarship. Almost each player has enthusiastically made his commitment to join our football team. The chance we took in postponing visits until the Oxley Center was completed is proving to be beneficial.

On this beautiful morning of February 3rd, I am thrilled to announce that we've filled our scholarship allotment for this year with a group of stout-hearted young men who dramatically will improve our team.

The Florida Atlantic Territory again has borne great fruit. Of the 27 new team members, 24 hail from The Territory-from as far south as Homestead, as far north as Jacksonville, as far west as St. Petersburg, and as far east as the shore line.

Wednesday is National Signing Day, and 6 players from Palm Beach County high schools will become Fighting Owls, 6 from Dade County, 4 from Broward County, 4 from the Orlando area, 1 from Jacksonville, and 3 from out of state. One junior college prospect will sign his scholarship.

Perhaps the key to recruiting this class was that our first class of 20 scholarship athletes and 60 walk-on players served as hosts and became the most enthusiastic and believable ambassadors for our football team. The personal relationships that developed between recruits and our players were instrumental in us going over the top in making this the most unbelievable class of class.


 

 

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