Miami-Killian’s Frank Gore Jr., whose father played collegiately at the University of Miami and rolled to nearly 15,000 combined rushing yards while playing for San Francisco, Indianapolis and Miami in the NFL, announced his commitment to FAU’s 2020 recruiting class via Twitter.
“It felt like home,” Gore Jr. said. “It felt natural to me.”
In February Warren Sapp II and Terique Owens, the sons of Hall of Famers Warren Sapp and Terrell Owens, respectively, pledged to walk-on for FAU and Lane Kiffin in August.
Over the past two years FAU produced three NFL running backs. Buddy Howell spent last season with the Houston Texans. Buffalo drafted Devin Singletary in May. A few rounds later Chicago chose Kerrith Whyte.
FAU’s recent track record of sending running backs to the NFL contributed to Gore’s decision.
“Keep the factory going,” Gore Jr. said.
FAU had been actively recruiting Gore Jr. for about a year. During that time Gore Jr. had several opportunities to meet Singletary, who will be part of a 2019 Bills running back unit that includes Gore Sr.
Kentucky, USF, Southern Miss and Buffalo all had offered Gore Jr.
Gore’s commitment came only a few days after the Owls received a commitment from Miami-Columbus offensive lineman Andre Lamas. The first commit to FAU’s 2020 recruiting class, Lamas participated in the Adidas football camp, where he was named the offensive line MVP.
“([Offensive line coach Jeff) Norrid told me that I play like a dog,” Lamas said. “You’ve got to get dirty on the offensive line. I like to get dirty.”
The FAU offer was Lamas’ first from an FBS school.
Lamas played guard last season on an offensive line that included 2019 FAU signee Federico Maranges.
For his final high school season Lamas will move to tackle, but the 6-foot-3, 270-pounder expects to play center in college.
“I got all my reps at center today,” Lamas said following the camp.