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FAU recruiters continue to gain respect
When recruiting players, coaches often have to do more than simply win over the kid. There are several other gatekeepers, including parents and high school coaches.

That's why this statement from Tampa-Plant coach Eric Weiner should please FAU football fans.

"Kirk Hoza is our recruiting guy, the guy who recruits our area," Weiner said. "He's a great coach. We love Kirk because one thing about Kirk, he's going to tell us straight up whether our kid is good enough to play at that level or not.

"Kirk is always kind of my barometer to say, OK this kid can go here or not, and stuff like that because Kirk is going to tell it like it is."

Weiner made those statements on Saturday following the Heath Evans 7-on-7 tournament at King's Academy. What bodes even better for the Owls is that those statements were unsolicited. We were talking about how many Plant players may sign to play college ball in 2010, and Weiner brought up Hoza (photo, left).

Plant, the reigning Class 4A state champ, is a perennial high school power. The current FAU roster doesn't boast any Plant players but that may change in the spring. FAU is looking at several Plant players and they seem to be returning the interest.

Tony Dungy's son, Eric, is one such player, though he's already tiring of the recruiting process.

"I don't really like the recruiting process because you are always on the phone and all that stuff," Dungy said. "I like just like playing."

Looks like Dungy is going to be out of luck this fall. Expectations seem to be high for the cornerback/wide receiver, so that phone will likely keep ringing.

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June 25, 2009

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