Feb. 12, 2001
Boca Raton News
Four days after the second recruiting class has been secured by tireless recruiters, FAU finds itself ably manned by two classes that will make up our inaugural team as we meet Slippery Rock on September 1.
On Wednesday, we made a150% addition to our team. Not only are the numbers significant and not only is the elevation in talent significant, but by holding more than 60 practices with our first group, we identified our needs as a team and recruited to fill those needs.
"Big people" were our first need, and we were able to get 14 big, strong offensive and defensive linemen, all of whom are 6'2" or better and have potential to develop into 250+ lbs. In the "middle people" category, 5 linebackers were added.
Our second need was to improve the number and quality of our "little people," 12 receivers and defensive backs were added. We added two running backs to supplement three scholarship running backs. Feeling that we were strong in the quarterbacks and tight end positions, none were recruited.
We steadfastly stuck to the University's mission to provide opportunity for education in our region. In keeping, most of our new recruits hail from The Florida Atlantic Territory with six from Palm Beach County, four from Martin County, four from Broward County, seven from Dade County, six from the Orlando area, and three from the Tampa area. Of two out-of-state recruits from Georgia and Kansas Junior College, one player's hometown is Hollywood, Fl.
It's exciting to know that our hometown areas can produce the quality of athletes allowing us to stockpile a reservoir of talent that will solidify our territory as one. I prophesy that each young man will be the causal agent of 250+ friends who will travel to Pro Player Stadium to watch them play.
Groundwork has been laid for developing kinship, a bonding that will culminate in a team of such strength that it will have the confidence to take on greater teams from the North, Northeast, Midwest, West and South.
The kinship has already been experienced in the many calls to the ticket office in its first day of operation. A new-found enthusiasm for FAU has completed its germination and is exploding throughout the South Florida scene.
On April 11th, 1999 President Catanese disembarked from our private jet to bring back the good news of FAU Football. At that time I stated that "Owl Football Fever" resembled a prairie fire racing toward the forest. We've arrived at the forest, and with a call to 866-FAUOWLS, you can be part of it!