That leaves FAU with eight more scholarships to award before reaching the NCAA maximum of 25. leaving plenty of room for Signing Day drama of Wednesday. Which players will we be watching most intently? Here’s our list
Locks to Sign With FAU
Javion Posey, QB, Greenville: FAU is only going to sign one quarterback to this class and Posey is their guy. Posey hasn’t visited any other schools since making his official visit to the Owls in December. He’ll be an Owl.
Tahveon “Taz” Nicholson, DB, Jacksonville-Lee: Nicholson is committed to Southern Miss, but the Owls wowed him during his official visit on the final weekend before Signing Day. Nicholson will formerly announce his decision during a ceremony on Wednesday, but go ahead and book this one.
Likely To Sign With FAU
La’Darius Henry, CB, St. Petersburg-Gibbs: Henry missed all of his senior year after tearing his ACL during the summer. A lockdown corner who isn’t afraid to deliver the big blow, Henry originally intended to go to West Virginia, but the Mountaineers backed away following the injury. Wednesday’s decision is between FAU and South Florida.
Adarius Tolliver, OL, Autuaga Academy: The massive 6-foot-7, 320 tackle has narrowed his decision to FAU and Indiana. He enjoyed a December visit to Boca Raton and has been coy about his decision ever since. Unless a larger program swooped in at the last moment, Tolliver will pick FAU.
Tye Edwards, RB, St. Augustine-Menendez: Power 5 schools want the 6-foot-3, 243-pounder to play linebacker or defensive end, but Edwards wants to run the ball. He averaged 8.59 yards per carry as a senior and scored 26 touchdowns. FAU wants to give him a shot to carry the ball in college.
J.D. Martin, WR, Wetumpka (Ala.): Martin played mostly quarterback in high school but will transition to wide receiver in college. He missed all of his senior season after tearing an ACL during the summer. Martin could ultimately be a candidate for a grayshirt. It’s Louisville or FAU for Martin.
Brian Dillard, CB, Lake Weir: Lane Kiffin visited Dillard in the maternity ward last week following the birth of Dillard’s son. Days later Dillard made an official visit to FAU. An FIU commit at the time, Dillard hasn’t publicly de-committed from the Panthers.
Questionable to Sign With FAU
Alante Brown, QB/WR, Simeon Career Academy (Ill.): Brown would be one of the highest rated players ever to sign with FAU. Brown played quarterback in high school but will likely switch to wide receiver – a position of need for the Owl. Brown threw for 2,347 passing yards, rushed for 1,089 yards and accounted for a combined 41 TDs as a senior. He was expected to sign with Michigan St. during the early period but didn’t. FAU, Florida St., Iowa St. and Texas Tech are his finalists.
Brian Merritt, DL, Colquitt County (Ga.): A second-team Class 7A All-Georgia selection, Merritt finished his high school career with 20 sacks. Of his 60 tackles as a senior, 36 went for loss and 10 of those were sacks. Over the weekend he tweeted that FAU had a 50 percent chance of landing his commitment. Flip a coin.
Latrell Jean, DE, Lakeland: Jean is also choosing between Indiana and FAU, though Rutgers did make a late push. More than half of Jean’s 60 tackles as a senior came behind the line of scrimmage. The Owls could use that kind of disruptiveness.
Glover Cook, RB, Vanguard: This one seems like a long shot. FAU will have plenty of running backs if Edwards signs with the Owls, but Lane Kiffin and company made a late push for back once committed to Louisville and Missouri. Cook can also catch the ball and return kicks. Kansas appears to be the frontrunner for Cook.
Previously Committed TO FAU
Jeremiah Ashe, DB, Tampa-Freedom
Marlon Bradley, DE, Deltona
Eyin Cole, WR, Niceville
Dorien Josey, DE, Rockledge
Joe Lewis, LB, Tampa Tech
Andrew Plummer, WR, Mainland
Larry McCammon, RB, Hoover
Federico Maranages OL Miami-Columbus
Deshawn Richardson, OL, Pahokee
Travon Thomas, LB/DE, Miami-Edison