Feb. 7, 2007
BOCA RATON, FL (February 7, 2007) - Florida Atlantic University's football program announced that 17 players signed a NCAA National Letter of Intent to play for the Owls beginning in the fall of 2007.
"With an ever improving schedule and the commitment by the FAU Board of Trustee to move forward with an on-campus stadium, we have been able to attract the strongest recruiting class ever," said FAU head coach Howard Schnellenberger.
The Owls lost just 10 seniors to graduation and return a class of 32 would be juniors (22) and seniors (10). The 2007 class, loaded with talent, will have an opportunity to earn a position right away but, more importantly, FAU will have the option of building depth as the program builds for the future.
2007 Recruiting Class
|Player||Hgt.||Wgt.||Pos.||Cls.||Hometown (High School)|
|Dustin Anglin||6-4||250||DT/OL||Fr||Plant City, FL (Lake Gibson)|
|Jeff Blanchard||5-9||195||RB||So||Delray Beach, FL (Olympic Heights HS/Garden City CC)|
|Dino Cox||6-3||240||DL||Fr||Tampa, FL (Wharton)|
|Jarvis Givens||6-3||300||DT||Fr||Miami, FL (Columbus)|
|Mickey Groody||5-11||170||P||Fr||Pompano Beach, FL (St. Thomas Aquinas HS)|
|Lestar Jean||6-3||195||WR||Fr||Miami, FL (Miami Norland)|
|Austin Jensen||6-1||190||S||Fr||Bradenton, FL (Manatee)|
|Jamere Johnson||6-4||220||DE||Fr||Wesley Chapel, FL (Wharton)|
|Max Karrick||6-6||280||OT||Fr||Palm City, FL (South Fork HS)|
|Jhermel Knight||5-10||183||RB||Fr||Fort Myers, FL (Dunbar HS)|
|Samuel McRoy||6-4||249||OT||Fr||Jacksonville, FL (William M. Raines)|
|Alfred Morris||5-11||222||RB||Fr||Pensacola, FL (Pine Forest HS)|
|Tim Moscato||6-2||200||QB||Fr||Naples, FL (Naples HS)|
|Chris Newbold||6-4||250||DL/OL||Fr||Fort Lauderdale, FL (Pembroke Pines Charter HS)|
|Avionne Rolle||5-9||180||DB||Fr||Miami, FL (Central)|
|Xavier Stinson||5-9||225||RB/LB||Fr||Miami, FL (Chaminade-Madonna HS)|
|Darian Williams||6-3||195||WR||Fr||North Lauderdale, FL (Northeast HS)|
Defensive Tackle/Offensive Line
Plant City, FL
Lake Gibson High School
High School: Played for Keith DeMyer at Lake Gibson High School where he saw action on both sides of the ball for the state champions...as a senior, he recorded 60 tackles including six sacks...as a junior, he recorded 138 tackles and 14 sacks...as a prepster, he earned all-state honors as an offensive lineman...also earned all-county honors on the defensive side of the ball...four-sport athlete (football, baseball, basketball and track) member of the National Honor Society and received the perfect attendance award.
Personal: Son of Robert Anglin and Michelle Carter...born July 18, 1988 in Tampa, FL.
Delray Beach, FL Garden City Community College
Olympic Heights High School
2005-2007: Played for J.J. Eckard at Garden City Community College, where he rushed for 1,266 yards and nine TDs...member of the All-Jay Hawk Conference Team, a league he led in rushing as a sophomore...was 9th in the nation in rushing.
High School: Played for Mathew Bennett at Olympic Heights...the local product rushed for 1,298 yards as a senior and tallied 14 TDs...for his efforts, he was named second team all-state, first team all-county and was a Palm Beach Post, Player of the Week...participated in the 2004 Outback Bowl...two-sport athlete (football and track).
Personal: Son of Jamie and Jessey Blanchard...born December 18, 1986 in Delray Beach, FL...relative of Cedrick Williams who plays for the Houston Texans.
Wharton High School
High School: Played for David Mitchell at Wharton High School...as a senior defensive lineman, he recorded 70 tackles, including eight sacks...credited with two forced fumbles and four recoveries...for his efforts, he earned defensive lineman of the year honors, as well as second team all-conference, first-team all county, and second-team all-state...two-sport athlete (football and wrestling).
Personal: Son of Paula and Dino Cox, Jr...born September 2, 1988 in Brooksville, FL.
Columbus High School
High School: Played for Chris Merritt at Columbus High School, where he recorded 69 tackles, including nine sacks and 11 total for a loss...credited with eight quarterback hurries, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries...as a junior, he recorded 75 tackles, including 12 sacks and 15 for a loss...played in the Dade versus Broward All-Star Game...two-sport athlete (football and baseball).
Personal: Son of Arthur Givens...born December 22, 1988...also recruited by North Carolina and Akron.
Pompano Beach, FL
St. Thomas Aquinas High School
High School: Kicked for George Smith at St. Thomas High School, who played for the state championship the last three seasons...as a senior, he averaged 41 yards per punt, including nine within the 20...earned all-county honors and was named All-America MSL...played in the MSL All-American Game and the Dade/Broward All-Star game....member of the Spanish National Honor Society...three-sport athlete (football, baseball, basketball)...prior to his senior year, he participated in various camps including Notre Dame, Rutgers, Florida, Florida Atlantic and Miami...he is the first punter to sign an NLI to FAU.
Personal: Son of Mike and Sandy Groody...born Nov. 2, 1988 in Shirley, NY...initially committed to Michigan State and was recruited by UCF.
Miami Norland Senior High
High School: As a senior, played for Nigel Dunn at Miami Norland Senior High School, where he recorded 26 catches for 501 yards and seven touchdowns...earned all-county honors and played in the Dade County North versus South All-Star game...prior to senior season, he played at North Carolina Tech under head coach Cornelius Corprew.
Personal: Son of Yollette Posy and Lesly Jean...born February 5, 1988 in Miami, FL...began attending FAU in January.
Manatee High School
High School: Played for Joe Kinnan at Manatee High School, where he was first-team all-state (5A) as a junior...as a senior, he recorded 100 tackles, 74 were solo, 7.5 were sacks...for his prep efforts, he earned first team all-state (5A), was the Bradenton Herald Defensive Player of the Year, Sarasota Herald Tribune Co-Defensive Player of the Year and the Channel 47 (St. Petersburg) Defensive Player of the Year...played in the Pal Bowl All-Star Game and the Florida North versus South All-Star Game.
Personal: Son of Mark and Kim Jensen...born January 15, 1989.
Wesley Chapel, FL
Wharton High School
High School: Played for David Mitchell at Wharton High School...as a senior, he recorded 72 tackles, including 10.5 sacks and earned the team's Ironman of the Year...his junior season he had 58 tackles, including 16 sacks and earned all-county honors, as well as second team all-conference honors.
Personal: Son of Jeffrey and Edith Johnson...born July 26, 1989 in Dallas, TX.
Palm City, FL
South Fork High School
High School: Played for Dennis Lavelle at South Fork High School, where he recorded 37 pancake blocks as a senior...earned first team all-area and was no. 2 in the Treasure Coast top-11...two-sport athlete (football and weightlifting)...member of Who's Who in both 2005 and 2006...International Baccalaureate, national merit qualifier.
Personal: Son of Sandra and Scott Karrick...born November 1, 1998 in Sunrise, FL.
Fort Myers, FL
Dunbar High School
High School: Continued the family trait of great football at Dunbar High School where he played for Phil Vogt, where he was a three sport athlete (football, basketball and track)...recorded 82 tackles, three interceptions and was credited with five blocked punts and two field goals...also returned a kick for 80 yards...earned all-county honors as a senior...participated in the John Carrigan Rotary All-Star Classic.
Personal: Son of Linda and Eddie Knight...born Aug. 22, 1988 in Fort Myers...relative of Deion Sanders, Jevon Kearse and Anthony Henry...also considered Ole Miss, Pittsburgh and So. Illinois.
William M. Raines High School
High School: Played for Cedric Thornton at William M. Raines High School, where he earned second team all-conference honors...played in both the Shine Bowl and the FACA All-Star Game.
Personal: Son of Essie McRoy...born March 14, 1988 in Jacksonville, FL...also recruited by Eastern Carolina, North Carolina State and FIU.
Pine Forest High School
High School: Played for Jerry Pollard at Pine Forest High School, where saw action on both sides of the ball...rushed for 1,049 yards as a senior and recorded 17 touchdowns for the Eagles...defensively he recorded 147 tackles and five interceptions...named North West Florida MVP, first team all-state and was a game MVP...named Mae Emfirger All-American...participated in the PSA All-Star Game... academically, he was named the student athlete of the month for Pine Forest.
Personal: Son of Yvonne and Ronald Morris...born December 12, 1988 in Pensacola, FL...also considered Ole Miss and USF.
Naples High School
High School: Played for Bill Kramer at Naples High School, a team he led to the third round of the state play-offs...ended his senior campaign with an 11-2 record, 471 yards rushing, three rushing touchdowns, 515 yards passing with four passing TDs and he averaged 35 yards per punt...two-sport athlete (football and track).
Personal: Son of Al and Carolyn Moscato...born November 22, 1988.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Pembroke Pines Charter
High School: Played for Steve Bruns at Pembroke Pines Charter...saw time on both sides of the ball...recorded 45 tackles, including 12 sacks on one side while on the other he was credited with 11 pancakes as a senior...earned first team all-county and second team all-state honors...participated in the Broward all-star game...three-sport athlete (football, basketball and track).
Personal: Son of James and Edith Newbold...born December 26, 1988 in Miami, FL.
Miami Central High School
High School: Played at Miami Central High School under the direction of Coach Saunders...recorded an interception the first five games of his senior campaign...offensively, he rushed for 850 yards and five touchdowns...participated in the North versus South All-Star Game...two-sport athlete (football and track)...junior season of track saw him post a 23'10 long jump mark, a 48'2 triple jump distance and he ran the 100 in 10.7...member of the A-B honor roll.
Personal: Son of Millie and Coach John Rolle...born April 8, 1989...brother played for University of Florida.
Chaminade-Madonna High School
High School: Two-way player for Mark Guandoro at Chaminade-Madonna High School...rushed for 700 yards and recorded 63 tackles, including six sacks his senior season...earned the team's defensive player of the year as a senior but was recognized every varsity season (10-12) as an all-county player...named Broward County Player of the Year as a senior...as a junior he played on both sides of the ball with 500 yards rushing...played in the 2006 Dade and Broward All-Star Game...three-sport athlete (football, wrestling and track)...as a junior wrestler, he finished fifth in the state.
Personal: Son of Theresa Barber and David Stinson...born Sept. 16, 1988 in south Miami...nephew of former NFL fullback Tim Lester...recruited by UCF and Pittsburgh, where he originally committed, prior to choosing FAU.
North Lauderdale, FL
Northeast High School
High School: Played for Adam Ratkevich at Northeast High School, where he was a three-sport athlete (football, basketball and track)...as a senior, he recorded 30 receptions for 467 yards and seven touchdowns...earned second team all-county honors and played in two all-star games, North and South Broward and the Dade versus Broward.
Personal: Son of Marcia and Donald Williams, who played in the NFL...born December 27, 1988 in Oakland Park, FL...also recruited by Pittsburgh, Iowa State and North Carolina State.
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