BOCA RATON – New Florida Atlantic coach Willie Taggart added two more commitments to his first Owls’ recruiting class over the weekend, including one from a player originally heading to his former school, Florida St.
IMG Academy offensive lineman Alex Atcavage, originally committed to the Seminoles flipped instead to the Owls following his official visit over the weekend.
Miami-Edison defensive back Trevor Reaves joined Atcavage in committing to the Owls this weekend.
The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Atcavage reportedly also held offers from Old Dominion and Colorado St. He’s the third offensive lineman to join Taggart’s first recruiting class as an Owl. Junior college offensive linemen Sebastian Dolcine and Eli Fields are already enrolled at FAU.
Florida Atlantic lost 2019 starting center junior Diaz and starting left tackle Brandon Walton to graduation. Both were All-Conference USA selections.
Likely to start his career as a cornerback but a player who could grow into a safety spot, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Reaves reportedly held an early offers from Kentucky, Maryland and Southern Miss, among others.
FAU lost starting cornerback Chris Tooley to graduation, the other starting cornerback, James Pierre, to early declaration for the NFL draft. Reserve corner Meiko Dotson, who tied for the nation’s lead in interceptions with nine, announced his entrance into the transfer portal.
Reaves is the second true corner to announce his commitment to FAU’s 2020 recruiting class. Lee (Ala.) cornerback Kendrick Simpkins de-committed from FAU over the weekend. Simpkins originally committed to FAU when Lane Kiffin, Taggart’s predecessor, was still the coach.
Kiffin left FAU in December to become the coach at Mississippi.
Nine players signed with FAU during the early signing period. Four – Fields, Dolcine, defensive tackle Alvin Dempsey and wide receiver Justin McKithen – have already arrive on campus.
Former Florida St. defensive tackle Malcolm Lamar and wide receiver D’Marcus Adams, along with former Cincinnati wide receiver Yanez Rogers, transferred to FAU.
Davie-University quarterback Willie Taggart Jr., Taggart’s son, Berrien (Ga.) defensive tackle Jaden Wheeler and Zephyrhills Christian Academy defensive tackle Malik Jones are also committed to FAU.
Current commits are expected on sign with the Owls on National Signing Day, Feb. 5.