Howard Schnellenberger announced 12 signees for the 2002 season
Feb. 6, 2002
Florida Atlantic University's third signing class added nine new players and three familiar faces. The new additions draw FAU close to the NCAA Division I-AA maximum of 63 permitted. FAU has a total of 50 currently on scholarship.
|Reggie Dent||DE||6-2||222||Riveria Beach, FL||Suncoast HS|
|Josh Jenkins||DE||6-2||215||Lauderhill, FL||Dillard HS|
|Robert Matheny||RB||6-0||185||Riviera Beach, FL||Allan Hancock Junior College/Dwer HS|
|David McDowell||DB||5-11||185||Davie, FL||Nova HS|
|Tito Pollice||WR/FS||6-3||185||Lakeland, FL||Lake Gibson HS|
|Leland Rodgers||RB||6-2||215||Chandler, AZ||Scottsdale CC|
|Quincy Skinner||ATH||5-10||170||Coral Spring, FL||Ely HS|
|Quentin Swain||LB||6-0||230||West Virginia||Northwestern HS|
|Jovony Ward||DB||6-1||205||Pittsburgh||Northwestern HS|
|Previously announced who will join the team|
|Mark Chase||DE||6-3||276||Miami, FL||Miami Central HS|
|Dominic Fair||LB||6-0||225||Boynton Beach, FL||Spanish River HS|
|Willie Hughley||CB||5-10||170||Haines City, FL||Haines City HS|
2002 Signing Class
Incoming Freshman, 6-2, 222
Riviera Beach, FL
Suncoast High School
Coaches' Comments: Extremely fast and an explosive player. He is a big play person.
High School: Played for Jimmy Bell at Suncoast High School...earned All-Area and was named first team All-Defense and was ranked no. 12 nationally as an OLB....tallied 45 sacks, 207 tackles, 67 assisted tackles and 23 tackles for a loss...three-sport athlete (football, basketball and track/shot put).
Personal: Family members include Mary Dent, brothers Taron and David Dent...in his spare time he enjoys rap and playing basketball....Cousin of FAU player Mauratae Johnson and All-American Anthony Carter of Michigan...born March 19, 1983.
Incoming Freshman, 6-2, 215
Dillard High School
Coaches' Comments: Good quickness, tremendous pass rusher...reminds coaches of current FAU defensive and William Gray, who started as a true freshman.
High School: Played for Coach Gray at Dillard High School...team leader in both sacks and tackles for a loss. Was an instrumental part of the team which ended the season 9-5...three-sport athlete (football, basketball and track)...as a senior: named second team All-City and honorable mention All-County...team made it to the semi-finals of the state play-offs...as a junior: team finished as the state runner-up in football, captured the basketball state championship and he earned All-County honors in track.
Chose FAU: Two factors determined his choice. He attended camp at FAU in 2001 and loved the facility and he connected with tight ends coach Alfredo Roberts. Personal: Born April 13, 1984.
Junior College Transfer, 6-0, 185
Riviera Beach, FL
Allan Hancock Junior College
Dwyer High School
JUCO ('00-'01): Played for Kris Dutra at Allan Hancock Junior College where he played in nine games as a sophomore...tallied 118 carries for 900 net yards...averaged 7.6 yards per carry and was one of two individuals to break the school record for single-season yards per carry...rushed for nine touchdowns and caught another...member of the first squad to have four tailbacks to break 300 yards in a single season in the state of California...played in the Strawberry Bowl...had eight carries for 64 yards and a reception...team finished the season 7-4...earned first team all-Western State Conference and was a candidate for conference Player of the Year.
Kris Dutra: "Outstanding kid," says Dutra. "He is a great person who did an outstanding job for us, was happy, but is glad to be getting back home."
High School: Played for Jack Daniels at Dwyer High School.
Chose FAU: To return home.
Personal: August 24, 1978.
David McDowell, Jr
Incoming Freshman, 5-11, 185
Nova High School
Coaches' Comments: Team leader...outstanding competitor...big play contributor on both offense and defense...versatile athlete that plays wherever needed.
High School: Played for Coach Gazzillo at Nova High School...served as the team's captain and was the team's MVP...also served as the captain for the Broward County All-Star team in the Broward vs Dade All-Star Game...also played in the North vs South All-Star game...rushed for 908 yards at Nova and grabbed three interceptions...earned second team All-County...three-sport athlete (football, track and wrestling).
Incoming Feshman, 6-3, 185
Wide Receiver/Free Safety
Lake Gibson High School
Coaches' Comments: Outstanding athlete...big play wide receiver, and return person...game breaker.
High School: Played for Dane Damron at Lake Gibson...for his career he tallied 148 reception for 1800 yards and 27 touchdowns...threw for two touchdowns...also served as the punt returner the last nine games of the season...returned three for a score...as a senior he had 56 receptions for 840 yards...playing free safety he recorded 61 tackles and was credited with four interceptions...earned first team All-District, first team All-County and earned his second All-State honor as a senior...three-sport athlete (football, basketball and track). Also Considered: Connecticut and Tulane.
Personal: Born September 18, 1983.
Junior College Transfer, 6-2, 215
Dobson High School
JUCO (00-'01): Played for Ken Giovando at Scottsdale Community College...had 80 carries for 580+ yards...led the league in rushing...served as the team's captain...team captured the conference championship and played in the Valley of the Sun Bowl...runs the 40 in 4.5...member of the Dean's List at NAU and at S.C.C.
Ken Giovando: "He is a legitimate 4.5 guy who will do a great job at your place," say Dutra.
High School: Played for Mike Clark at Dobson High School...two-sport athlete (football and soccer)...team captured the State Championship in Soccer and he was also a member of the Debate team.
Personal: Born August 17, 1981.
Incoming Freshman, 5-10, 170
Coral Springs, FL
Ely High School
Coaches' Comments: Excellent athlete who shows very good quickness and speed...explosive with the football...controls the game from either side of the ball.
High School: Played for Steve Davis, one of two Ely players in "2002 FAU Class"...Member of a team that finished the season 10-2 and six points away from the Regional Title...Captured the District title...was a two-year starter with his senior season shortened due to a broken ankle...is an all-around player seeing time at quarter back, wide receiver and defensive back...team finished 2000 season with a 12-2 mark...he had 1500 yards passing and rushed for 600...two-sport athlete (football and basketball).
Also Considered: Northeastern and Montana.
Chose FAU: Because he wanted to play for an up and coming program and because it was close to home.
Personal: Born May 20, 1984.
Junior, 6-0, 230
West Virginia University
Northwestern High School
At West Virginia ('00-'01): As a sophomore played in 10 games, recorded two solo tackles and eight assists...as a freshman he played in 12 games and recorded seven tackles...West Virginia considered him to have tremendous raw talent and the ability to get to the ball...gained a lot of knowledge during 2001 Spring Drills.
High School: Played for Billy Rolle at Northwestern High School...was a three-year starter at middle linebacker...also saw time as the long snapper...finished with 108 tackles, two interceptions and three fumble recoveries...scored twice...once on a fumble recovery and once on an interception...named first team All-Dade and was considered a Florida Blue Chip and a Prep Star All-American...earned first team All-Class 6A honors...helped to lead Northwest to an 8-3 mark as a senior...during his junior campaign was a key component in Northwestern capturing the State Title, a year which the team finished 15-0...two-sport athlete (football and track).
Personal: Physical Education major...son of Anthony and Connie Swain...born September 5, 1981.
Transfer Freshman, 6-1, 205
University of Pittsburgh
Coaches' Comments: Possess excellent size and speed for his position...big play player on defense and special teams.
Transferred from Pittsburgh: Did not play at Pitt.
High School: Played for Bille Rolle at Northwestern High School...tallied 11 interceptions and 150 tackles as a senior...as a sophomore was named the Sophomore Football Player of the Year...also earned all-county and all-district honors. Originally committed to the University of Miami.
Personal: runs the 40 in 4.45...born December 15, 1981.
Red-Shirt Freshman, 6-3, 276
Miami Central High School
Coaches' Comments: Talented player whose maturity off the field will help to make his transition to college easier.
High School: Played for Anthony Souders at Miami Central High School...as a senior: earned first team All-Dade County, second team All-State and honorable mention Al-American honors...team finished third in the state play-offs...two-sport athlete (football and track)...qualified for the regional final in the shot put and discus.
Also considered: Auburn, Virginia Tech, Rutgers and Miami.
Chose FAU: because of its coaching staff.
Personal: Criminal Justice major...born November 6, 1981 in Miami, FL.
Red-Shirt Freshman, 6-0, 225
Boynton Beach, FL
Spanish River High School
Coaches' Comments: A "big-time linebacker", says coach Bill Bretherick...All-State and Defensive Player of the Year (2000) Palm Beach County.
High School: Played for Bill Bretherick at Spanish River High School...rated in the top-100 players in the state of Florida...four-year starter...named first-team All-State...earned Boca News and Sun-Sentinel (Palm Beach County) Defensive Player-of-the-Year...played in the Palm Beach County "Outback Bowl"...tallied 148 tackles during his senior campaign, 103 of which were solo...led Palm Beach County with 427 career tackles, averaged 10 per game.
Chose FAU: after considering Miami, Kansas State, Rutgers, Central Florida, and Louisville.
Personal: Born February 28, 1983.
Red-Shirt Freshman, 5-10, 170
Haines City, FL
Haines City High School
Coaches' Comments: Good hands...sees the field well and has great speed.
High School: Played for Tim Hatten at Haines City High School...earned first team defensive back honors for both the Winter Haven News and the Lakeland Ledger...named second-team All-State and first-team All-County...tabbed as a top-20 recruit in the state of Florida by the Grid Iron Report...had 21 receptions for 429 yards...scored seven touchdowns, two of which were defensive...also the 2000 Long Jump National Champion with a leap of 24'10".
Chose FAU: after considering Clemson, Georgia Southern, and Central Florida.
Personal: Born November 24, 1982.