BOCA RATON – Attempting to flip three recruits committed to Conference USA schools, FAU landed at least one and potentially all three during the final recruiting weekend prior to Wednesday’s national signing day.
Niceville wide receiver Eyin Cole, who fills a position of need for FAU, flipped from Middle Tennessee to FAU and the South Florida lifestyle he called “paradise.”
“I just liked the need for my position,” Cole said. “I liked it being in paradise. I love places like that. I liked the players, too.”
Cole’s stats from his senior season don’t exactly jump off the page, but that’s because run-oriented Niceville lost its quarterback midway through the season.
He caught 24 passes for 301 yards and three touchdowns as a senior – all team highs. The speedster also finished fourth in the 110 meter hurdles as a junior at the state meet.
“I think his upside is what’s really attractive to college coaches,” Niceville recruiting coordinator Adron Robinson said. “As an offensive player he’s a very smart kid. He’s long, athletic, very physical.”
Southern Miss commit Tahveon “Taz” Nicholson and FIU commit Brian Dillard also visited FAU over the weekend. Both intend to announce their commitments on Wednesday.
The excitement in Nicholson’s voice indicated he may be leaning toward becoming an Owl.
“I felt like that was home,” Nicholson said following the visit.
Dillard visited FAU only a couple days after the birth of his son. FAU coach Lane Kiffin visited Dillard in the maternity ward earlier in the week.
Though most of his statistical contributions as a senior came on offense, FAU wants Dillard to play safety. He can also line up at cornerback.
Did FAU show Dillard enough to flip him from FIU?
“We’re going to find out on Signing Day,” Dillard said.
Check out all of FAU football’s 2019 recruiting commits on our FAU recruiting page.