Warren Sapp II, son of the former University of Miami and NFL standout, will come to FAU as a preferred walk-on for the 2019 season with the intention of nabbing a scholarship in 2020.
Sapp II recorded 24 sacks and an additional 28 tackles for loss as a senior playing mostly defensive end at Orlando-Foundation Academy.
“He’s a beast,” Foundation coach Brad Lord said. “FAU’s getting a gem.”
Sapp II made an unofficial visit to FAU this past weekend.
“It was comfortable and it felt right,” Sapp II said. “It felt good.”
Undersized for a defensive lineman, major colleges shied away from the 6-1, 220-pound Sapp II despite his pedigree.
“It doesn’t bother me about my size,” Sapp II said. “I just play the game.”
All of Sapp II’s offers came from FCS-level schools. Had FAU not successfully wooed him this past weekend, Sapp II would have been heading to UCF as a walk-on.
Sapp II bench presses more than 300 pounds and runs a 4.6 40-yard dash.
“He’s got the fastest twitch I’ve ever seen,” Lord said. “Gets off the ball faster than anyone I’ve ever seen.”
Sapp II only played three seasons of football for Freedom Academy, leading his team to three regional championship games while playing some defensive tackle and defensive end during his tenure.
“He’ll be starting at FAU by his sophomore year,” Lord predicted.
As a preferred walk-on Sapp II won’t be signing a National Letter of Intent, but Freedom Academy will hold a ceremony for him on Wednesday, National Signing Day. Because he isn’t going to be signing an NLI, FAU won’t be able to announced his signing on Wednesday.
“He wants to go play FBS football and he fell in love with FAU,” Lord said.
Sapp II will arrive at FAU during the summer.
“My main goal is just to get in the weight room and train hard with the team,” Sapp II said.