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Football Inks 23 for 2004 Season

Feb. 4, 2004

In the first signing day since announcing its intentions to move to I-A, Florida Atlantic University's football squad signed its largest class since its inception in 2000. 23 student-athletes have committed to attend FAU in the fall of 2004.

The new players will get the opportunity to play a I-A schedule next season as the team makes a transition into the Sun Belt Conference in the program's fourth season.

"I certainly want to congratulate our assistant coaches and football team for the outstanding job they have done on putting this superior class together," said head coach Howard Schnellenberger. "This class will equal or possibly surpass the great initial class that was brought in here. Obviously the success our football team has had on the field has played a significant role in our ability to attract such an outstanding group."

Schnellenberger helped guide the Owls to a no. 4 ranking, 11-3 record and was one step away from reaching the National Championship game in 2003. The squad finished the season with a Gridiron Power Index of 13.

Listed Alphabetically
2004 Signees
Player Pos Height Weight Hometown Previous School
Rickey Bethel DB 5-10 180 Boynton Beach, FL Pasadena City College
Carldayle Brantley FS 6-1 172 Miami, FL William H. Turner
Andre Clark LB 6-1 205 Miami, FL Pace
Darren Coney WR 6-0 175 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Boyd Anderson
Ted Czepiga LB 6-0 208 Bethany, CT Amity
Brad Cagne LB 6-1 220 Palm Beach Gardens, FL Palm Beach Gardens
Antonio Hall DT 6-0 272 Starke, FL Bradford County
Anthony Heard RB 6-0 200 Coral Springs, FL Taravella
Vinnie Henderson DT 6-5 252 Plantation, FL South Plantation
Brandon Jackson OL 6-3 245 Miami, FL Chaminade-Madonna
Jervonte Jackson DT 6-3 270 Opa Locka, FL North Miami
E.J. Jones DE 6-3 225 Miami, FL Southwest
Gregory Joseph DB 5-10 184 Miami, FL Dr. Krop
Kyle Langford WR 6-3 181 Port St. Lucie, FL Centennial
Jarrett McDonald OL 6-5 260 Pembroke Pines, FL Flanagan
Nick Paris OL 6-1 310 Palm Bay, FL Palm Bay
Charles Pierre RB 5-9 195 Orlando, FL Highland Prep
Kristopher Rush DE 6-0 210 Tallahassee, FL Lawton Chiles
Frantz Simeon WR 5-9 166 Lake Park, FL Palm Beach Gardens
Corey Small CB 5-10 170 Naples, FL Gulf Coast
McKinson Souverain QB 6-0 173 Delray Beach, FL Atlantic
Zachary Wichner OT 6-4 260 Davie, FL South Plantation
Steve Williams CB 5-10 160 Hollywood, FL Chaminade-Madonna

Rickey Bethel
Defensive Back
5-10, 180
Boynton Beach, FL
Santaluces High School

Pasadena City College: Played for head coach Tom Maher where he saw action as both a free safety and corner back...earned a starting spot both seasons....named Second-Team All-Conference...recorded two interceptions as a sophomore and four as a freshman...during his sophomore campaign he recorded 60 tackles, 44 solo, with 1 fumble recovery, one forced fumble and one interception for a 35-yard return...named the Lancers' top defensive back in 2003.

High School: Was a three year starter at Santaluces High School where he played for Coach Ray Berger...received time as both the starting quarterback and as a defensive back...had over 1600 passing yards and 500 yards on the ground as the team's quarterback...saw action in the 2002 Outback All-Star Game where he received MVP honors after recording two interceptions and a fumble as the starting cornerback...also earned first team all area, first-team all-county, and first team all-state honors...served as Santaluces' 2002 captain and was named the team's MVP.

Personal: Son of Beverly Clayton and Rickey Bethel...born September 27, 1983 in Boynton Beach, FL...good friend of Korey Banks.

Carldayle Brantley
Free Safety
6-1, 172
Miami, FL
William H Turner Tech

High School: Played for Coach Saunders at William H. Turner Tech where he recorded 63 tackles, 18 pass breaks up and one interception on the way to being named Honorable Mention All-Dade...two-time most valuable defensive back...also recruited by Auburn, Nebraska, Florida International, Troy State, Northeastern

Personal: Son of Pamela Jackson and Alvin Brantley...born November 15, 1985 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Darren Coney
Wide Receiver
6-0, 175
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Boyd Anderson High School

High School: Played for Malcom Spence at Boyd Anderson High School where he earned Al-county, Al-state and was a member of the Broward all-star team...also a member of the Dade All-Star Team...averaged 20 yards per kickoff return, 15 yards per punt returns, 31 receptions for 528 yards (17 yard average) and seven touchdowns.

Andre Clark
6-1, 205
Pace High School

High School: Played for Joe Zaccheo at Miami Pace High a senior tallied 173 tackles, three sacks and one interception...two-sport athlete (football and wrestling)...earned second team All-Dade in both sports...finished second in the state in wrestling at 189 pounds.

Personal: Son of Monica Saw and Donnie Merritt...born December 20, 1984 in Miami, FL

Ted Czepiga
6-0, 208
Bethany, CT
Amity High School

High School: Played for Coach Gowan at Amity High School where he was a highly decorated running back...during his prep career he set a school career rushing record with 3,345 yards, the school touchdown record with 65 scores, the school unassisted tackle record at 86 and assisted tackle record at 75 as well as the average punt record at 41.9...along the way he was named to the all-conference team, 2001-2003, was named first-team all-state in both 2002 and 2003...he also earned the New Haven Gridiron Club Levi Jackson Award as the all-area team running back in both 2002 and 2003...the Connecticut Post named his the area's first-team running back in 2002 and 2003...the Hartford Courant also bestowed the same accolades as did the New Haven Register...he was voted the team's most valuable player by his teammates his sophomore through his senior seasons and received the Thomas Laugeni Most Valuable Player Award Thanksgiving Day Game in both 2002 and 2003 as well as the Most Valuable Player by the Media for the Southern Connecticut Conference Championship Tournament...he was recognized numerous times as the athlete of the week by the New Haven Register, the Connecticut Post and the Shoreline Times during his junior and senior campaigns...the 2003 William Johnson Scholarship recipient served as the team captain as a senior...two-sport athlete (football and lacrosse)...earned first-team all-state in lacrosse as well as first-team All-Conference...named All-Area first team by the New Haven Register and the Connecticut Post...selected to the 2003 Connecticut Super Juniors Team and was selected as the MVP by the media for the Southern Connecticut Conference championship Tournament...also served as team captain...also considered Boston College, Mississippi State, Connecticut and West Point.

Personal: Son of Ed and Ann Czepiga

Brad Gagne
Line Backer
6-1, 220
Palm Beach, FL
Palm Beach Gardens High School

High School: Played for Tim Tharp at Palm Beach Gardens High School where he earned Palm Beach County's Co-Defensive Player of the Year as voted upon by the Palm Beach Post and was the Sun Sentinel Defensive Player of the year...two-year all-conference selection as well as All-Area by the Palm Beach Post...First-Team 6A All-State a senior tallied 65 tackles, one sack, four interceptions, recovered four fumbles and scored two touchdowns...played in the Outback All-Star game and received All-State honors...also considered Delaware, Colorado State, Illinois State, and UMass.

Antonio Hall
Defensive Tackle
6-1, 280
Starke, FL
Bradford County High School

High School: Played for Rowland Cummings at Bradford County High School...Named All-State...earned the team's 2003 Defensive MVP award as the third leading tackler with 73 total tackles, including three sacks...also had three fumble recoveries...participated in the North/South and the Shriners Bowl...three-sport athlete (football, basketball and weightlifting)...also recruited by Kansas State, Michigan State and Iowa State.

Personal: Son of Angelia Hall and Anthony and Janice Phillips...born January 16, 1986 in Gainesville, FL.

Anthony Heard
Running Back
6-0, 200
Coral Springs, FL
Taravella High School

High School: Played for Perry Schneider at Taravella High School...Earned first-team All-Broward...participated in both the Broward North/South All-Star Game and the Dade/Broward All-Star a senior he returned four kick-offs for touchdowns and scored two touchdowns versus Ely...recorded 855 yards on the ground and 345 receiving yards...defensively, had 100 tackles...listed in Who's Who.

Personal: Son of Walter and Dianna Heard...born March 26, 1986 in San Diego, CA...relative of Daryl Porter, brothers Dewight and Justin Perkins.

Vinnie Henderson
Defensive Tackle
6-5, 252
Plantation, FL
South Plantation

High School: Played for Mike Maloney at South Plantation...recorded 11 ? sacks and 65 totals tackles as a senior to earn second-team All-County honors...saw action in the Dade/Broward All-Star Game...three-sport athlete (football, basketball and track & field) who also considered Kansas State and Ball State.

Personal: Son of Anne and Evan Henderson...born December 22, 1985 in Huntington, WV...relative of former NFL player made famous by the movie Brian Song, Brian Piccolo.

Brandon Jackson
Defensive End
6-3, 245
Miami, FL
Chaminade Madonna High School

High School: Played for Mark Guandolo at Chaminade-Madonna High school where he ended his senior season with a 95% blocking average...earned the team's OL MVP honors...also earned All-County and played in the Broward/Dade All-Star Game...also looked at Colgate, Massachusetts and Northeastern.

Personal: Son of Joseph Young.

Jervonte Jackson
Defensive Tackle
6-3, 270
Opa Locka, FL
North Miami Beach High School

High School: Outstanding athlete with tremendous physical tools and leadership qualities...played for Coach Bertani at North Miami High school where he contributed on both sides of the ball throughout high a senior, he recorded 11.5 sacks and 45 total tackles...offensively, he had 43 pancakes...he earned second team All-Dade honors for his efforts...three-sport athlete (football, basketball and track & field).

Personal: Son of Avonda Dowling...born September 60, 1986 in Miami, FL...his brother Jamall Jackson plays for the Philadelphia Eagles and his cousin Chad Johnson plays for the Cincinnati Bengals.

E.J. Jones
Defensive End
6-3, 225
Miami, FL
Southwest High School

High School: Played for David Gray at Southwest High School...ended his senior campaign as the team's leading tackler with 102, including eight sacks...played in the Broward/Dade All-Star Game and was credited with the sack to clinch the captain his final two seasons...three-sport athlete (football, basketball and track)...also recruited by Temple, Rutgers and Massachusetts.

Personal: Son of Eugene and Barbara Jones...born January, 29, 1986 in Tampa, FL...father Eugene also played in college.

Gregory Joseph
5-10, 184
Miami, FL
Dr. Krop High School

High School: Played for Mike Searcy at Dr. Krop High School...tallied team leading 74 tackles and recorded two sacks...earned first-team All-Dade as a senior and second team as a junior...named Krops 2002 Athlete of the Year...two-sport athlete (football and wrestling)...state champion at 170 pounds his senior year and finished with a 45-1 record...also recruited by N.C. State and Toledo.

Personal: Son of Judith Previl and Emmanuel Joseph...born August 21, 1983 in Orlando, FL.

Kyle Langford
Wide Receiver
6-3, 181
Pt. St. Lucie, FL
St. Lucie West Centennial High School

High School: Played for Jim O'Neal at Centennial High School where he earned the team's Offensive MVP award as a senior after he recorded 29 catches for 485 yards...named All-Area his final two seasons... two-sport athlete (football and track) a junior he was part of the 4X100 relay team that won Districts...also considered UCF and Eastern Michigan.

Personal: Son of Shawn and Nancy Langford...born December 11, 1985 in Ft. Pierce, FL.

Jarrett McDonald
Offensive Line
6-5, 260
Orlando, FL
Flanagan High School

High School: Played for Dan Marquiriet at Flanagan High School...averaged 95% blocking in the three years he was a starter for Flanagan.

Personal: Son of Eugene and Vanessa McDonald.

Nick Paris
Offensive Lineman
6-1, 310
Palm Bay, FL
Palm Bay High School

Personal: Played for Dan Burke at Palm Bay High School...named second team All-State along with All-Conference and All-Space Coast...participated in the California versus Florida All-Star game and was the MVP of the Central Florida All-Star game...two-sport athlete (football and track & field).

Charles Pierre
Running back
5-9, 195
Orlando, FL
Lake Highland Prep

High School: Played for Tim Borcky at Lake Highland Prep...saw time in the East/West All-Star Game and earned second-team All-State and was named a senior had 150 carries for 1513 yards, an average 10.1 per carry, and 17 a junior he record 220 carries for 2398 yards and 30 touchdowns...three-sport athlete (football, track & field and weightlifting)...also considered Hofstra, Eastern Kentucky, Southern Miss and Temple.

Personal: Son of Marie Exinor...born March 15, 1985 in Winter Garden, FL.

Kristopher Rush
Defensive End
6-0, 210
Tallahassee, FL
Lawton Chiles High School

High School: Played for Jodie Sprinkle at Lawton Chiles where he earned honorable mention All-District and honorable mention All-Big Ben a senior recorded 53 tackles, four sacks, had seven quarterback pressures and four tackles for a loss...credited with one safety, one fumble recovery and forced a fumble...three-sport athlete (football, track & field and weightlifting).

Personal: Son of Kim Ferrell...born July 11, 1986 in Tallahassee, FL.

Frantz Simeon
Wide Receiver
5-9, 166
Lake Park, FL
Palm Beach Gardens

High School: Played for Tim Tharp at Palm Beach Gardens High School...was a two-way player which exhibits his athletic ability...believed by high school coaches to be one of the best players to have played at Palm Beach Gardens High School...tallied 30 reception and 10 TDs and returned two of his three interceptions for touchdowns...named first-team All-County, to the Palm Beach Post first team, honorable mention All-State and started in the Outback Bowl...also considered Northern Illinois.

Corey Small
5-10, 170
Naples, FL
Gulf Coast High School

High School: Played for Frank Tudryn at Gulf Coast High School...recorded 66 tackles, 11 pass break ups and returned two punts for touchdowns...named All-County and All-Region.

Personal: Son of Herb and Ellen Small...holds a 3.8 GPA in high school.

McKinson Souverain
6-0, 173
Delray Beach, FL
Atlantic High School

High School: Played for Chris Bean at Atlantic High a senior: tallied 1,725 yards and 20 TDs...threw just four interceptions...on the ground he rushed for 730 yards and scored seven times...earned first team all-state (class 5A)...named Palm Beach County Class 5A Player of the Year...member of the Palm Beach Post Super 11...participated in the Palm Beach Treasure Coast Outback All-Star Game...led his team deep into the State play-offs as both a junior and as a senior...also considered Pitt, Bowling Green, and Kansas State.

Personal: Son of Marie Souverain and Serge Desrosiers...born April 16, 1986 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Zachary Wichner
Offensive Tackle
6-4, 260
Davie, FL
South Plantation High School

High School: Played for Mike Maloney at South Plantation High School where he earned second team All-County and was named the Outstanding Lineman by his teammates...earned first-team All-County honors by the Miami Herald...saw time in the north versus south Broward All-Star Game...recipient of the South Plantation Scholastic Athlete Award...member of the National Honor Society.

Personal: Son of Mark and Ann Wichner...born January 8, 1986 in Davie.

Steve Williams
5-10, 160
Hollywood, FL
Chaminade-Madonna High School

High School: Played or Mark Guandolo at Chaminade-Madonna High School, the 4A State Champions, where he tallied 30 tackles, three interceptions, blocked three field goals, had 761 yards as a punt returner and had two kick-returns for a score, all as a senior...earned all-county and all-state for his efforts...participated in the Dade versus Broward All-Star Game...two-sport athlete (football and track)...also recruited by Iowa, Massachusetts and Northeastern.

Personal: Son of Barbara and Steve Williams...born July 25, 1986 in Hollywood, FL...list Michael and Eric Rhett as relatives who have played in the NFL.



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