Florida Atlantic University's Head Football Coach Charlie Partridge introduced the 24-member 2014 class, his first as the Owls' head coach, today at FAU Stadium.
"We are excited with the makeup of the 15th class in FAU's football program's history. We are proud to have 23 of the 24 from the Sunshine State," said Partridge. "We worked hard to address the needs of the football program positionally, and this is a group that highlights the hard work and effort of our entire coaching staff, support staff and the faculty."
The class is comprised of 23 players from the state of Florida, including 15 from south of the I-4 corridor. FAU also welcomed four players who joined the squad in January and nine who maintained higher than a 3.0 G.P.A., including one with a 4.5 G.P.A. The team will add 12 members, all who have played in an all-star game; two who have won a state title and 10 who have family members that have played in college and or professionally.
FAU will begin spring practice on Wednesday, March 12 and will conclude the season with the annual Spring Game on Saturday, April 5 at 1 p.m. at FAU Stadium. The Owls will open the 2014 season on Saturday, Aug. 30 in Lincoln, Neb. versus the University of Nebraska.
2014 FAU Signees
OL | 6-4 | 286 | Miami, Fla (Miami Central High School) | Enrolled in January
High School:Played for Coach Rollen Smith at Miami Central High school where he was a two-sport athlete (football and basketball)...participated in the prestigious Dade vs. South Florida all-star game.
Personal: Son of Ruben Bain and Lachande Thompson...born April 21, 1996 in Miami.
SR | 5-9 | 180 | Opa Locka, Fla. (Hialeah Senior)
High School: Played for Marc Berman at Hialeah Senior High School where he tallied 133 carries for 1,544 yards for an average of 11.6 yards per carry as a senior...credited with 25 touchdowns, eight catches for 300 yards and nearly 2,000 all-purpose yards (1,929)...garnered all-state honorable mention honors...played in the 2013 Nike all-star game...two-sport athlete (football and track and field)...member of the Hialeah honor roll.
Personal: Son of Peggy and Henry Bussey...born Dec. 3, 1994 in Miami, FL.
QB | 6-2 | 210 | Oviedo, Fla. (Hagerty High School) | Enrolled in January
High School:Played for Phil Ziglar at Hagerty High School where he threw for 1,160 yards and 13 touchdowns...also recorded two rushing touchdown as a senior...invited to the Orlando East/West and the Dade versus Florida Games but forewent the opportunity to early enroll at FAU...began classes in January 2014...maintained a 3.5 G.P.A. or above throughout high school.
Personal: Son of Jerry and Mary Driskel...born Nov. 13, 1995 in Jacksonville, Fla...brother Jeff is a quarterback at Florida.
S | 6-0 | 188 | Plantation, Fla (Cypress Bay)
High School: Played for Mark Guandolo at Cypress Bay High School where he tallied 33 solo tackles, two interceptions, forced a fumble and rushed for two scores as a senior...as a junior recorded 30 carries for 490 yards and nine TDs...added three interceptions, three forced fumbles and 44 solo tackles, including a sack, while on special teams he had four kick returns for 130 yards...the four-year letter winner recorded 162 career tackles, including three sacks...he added 12 interceptions and seven forced fumbles...as a freshman was a member of the state semi-final team and as a junior he played in the state championship game...two-sport athlete (football and track).
Personal: Son of Susan Harrell Gordon...born May 30, 1994. Brother Shane played at the University of Pittsburgh.
DT | 6-1 | 260 | Egg Harbor Township, NJ (Holy Spirit)
High School: Played for John Iannucci at Holy Spirit High School where he recorded 58 tackles, as a senior, including 33 for a loss (57 percent of his tackles resulted in a loss of yards), eight sacks and he recorded one forced fumble...earned all-state, all-south Jersey, all-non-public and all-Cape athletic league honors...named student of the month for math and business at Holy Spirit...two-sport athlete (football and wrestling).
Personal: Son of Ray Ellis, Jr and Phyllis Ellis-Sanderson...born June 28, 1996 in Galloway, NJ...relative of Pete Hunter (Dallas Cowboys, NY Jets and Cleveland Browns) and Tyler Stockton who plays for Notre Dame.
OL | 6-3 | 270 | Fort Myers, Fla. (South Fort Myers)
High School: Played for Grant Redhead at South Fort Myers High School where he recorded 102 pancakes as a senior...completed four-year career without allowing a sack...earned all-county, all-area and second team all-state honors.
Personal: Son of David and Julie Gold...born Aug. 8, 1995 in Rocky Mount, NY...both his father David (Newberry College) and uncle Randy (Citadel) played college football...enjoys fishing and hunting and is interested in business management as a major.
LB | 6-0 | 225 | Tallahassee, Fla. (Godby High School)
High School: Played for Ronnie Cottrel at Godby High School where he played on both sides of the ball...as a running back he recorded three carries for 80 yards and a score...as a linebacker he tallied 71 tackles, including nine sacks while adding three forced fumbles and a recovery...served as the team's captain and led Godby to a 10-2 record as a senior...earned second team all-conference honors for his efforts...academically he awarded the Bob Graham Award for civic excellence, is a member of the Distinguished Young Gentlemen and the Youth Leadership Group of Tallahassee.
Personal: Son of Teresa and David Harris...born Nov. 14, 1995 in Tallahassee...father, David, was a world class sprinter and an Olympic Qualifier for the 1980 Olympics.
OT | 6-5 | 270 | Gainesville, Fla. (Gainesville)
High School: Played for Mark Latsko and James Thompson at Gainesville High School where he led the team in pancakes...played in the Florida North/South and the NVC All-South Classic.
Personal: Son of Byers Leon Hickmon and Ruth Tracey Hickman...born June 10, 1996 in Alameda, Calif....both father and brother played collegiate football...enjoys video games and working out.
Greg "Buddy" Howell
RB | 6-0 | 205 | Coconut Grove, Fla. (Coral Gables Senior High School)
High School: Played for Roger Pollard at Coral Gables Senior High School where he tallied 232 carries for 1,567 yards (6.8 yards per carry) and 13 scores...Named 8A third team all-state and first team all-Dade...participated in the Dade/Broward All-Star Game...two-sport athlete (football and track and field) listed as a Coral Gables Senior High School Senior of Distinction.
Personal: Son of Merdie Lane and Gregory Howell...born March 27, 1996 in Miami...lists Thomas Lane as a relative who played for FAMU and the Minnesota Vikings.
DT | 6-2 | 269 | Lehigh Acres, Fla. (Lehigh Senior)
High School: Played for Nate Sund at Lehigh Senior High School where he recorded 48 tackles, including six for a loss and two sacks, while accumulating four hurries...participated in the John Carragen North and South All-Star game.
Personal: Son of Ann Kendall and Levi Long...born Dec. 30, 1994 in Lehigh Acres, Fla.
WR | 6-2 | 175 | St. Augustine, Fla. (St. Augustine High School) | Enrolled in January
High School: Played for Joey Wiles at St. Augustine High School where he was a 2012 first team Florida High School Class 6A Elite Team member as a wide receiver...St. Augustine finished the season 11-1 due in part to his all-county efforts. Mitchell was credited with 52 passes for 1,095 yards and 12 scores...set the school's single-season records for yards...at seasons end, Mitchell was named second team all-state (6A), to the First Coast Team...in a span of three games during his senior campaign, he recorded 22 tackles and two interceptions....tallied 30 career TDs as a receiver, including 3,627 yards and rushed for another eight career TDs, including 1,100 yards...two-sport athlete (football and track).
Personal: Business major. He is the son of Bobby Allen and Qwanda Mitchell and was born in St Augustine. As a hobby, he is a pianist.
OL | 6-4 | 325 | Coral Springs, Fla. (JP Taravella High School)
High School: Played for Dan Marguriet at JP Taravella High School where he earned first team All-State and all-county honors as a senior...participated in the Dade/Broward and the BCAA North/South all-star games.
Personal: Son of Lamarre and Gladys Pierre...born June 19, 1995 in Haiti
DL | 6-4 | 215 | Carol City, FL (Miami Carol City Senior High School)
High School: Played for Aubrey Hill at Miami Carol City Senior High School...two-sport athlete (football and basketball).
Personal: Son of Starlette Horne and Edgard Richardson...born May 25, 1996.
RB/ATH | 5-10 | 185 | Daytona Beach, Fla. (Mainland High School)
High School: Played for Scott Wilson at Mainland High School where he tallied 2,552 yards (9.8 yards per carry).and 25 scores as a senior...tallied more than 8,000 yards during his high school career and found the end zone more than 60 times...earned first team all-state honors in 2014 and was the Daytona Beach News Journal Player of the Year...rated the No. 10 all-purpose back in the nation by rivals.com...participated in the Central Florida all-star game...was a member of the Mainland High School all-academic athletic team.
Personal: Son of Tammara Ford and Hector Rodriguez...born Dec. 7, 1995 in Daytona Beach.
DE | 6-3 | 220 | Tampa, FLa. (Sickles)
High School: Played for Brian Turner at Sickles High School where he recorded 101 tackles, including 15 sacks...credited with forcing five fumbles...named all-county and all-conference...participated in the East/West all-star game...two-sport athlete (football and golf)...member of the honor roll.
Personal: Son of Jackie and Alex Isajar...born Feb. 21, 1996 in Tampa, Fla.
K | 5-8 | 180 | Orlando, Fla. (The First Academy)
High School:Played for Leroy Kinard at The First Academy...ranked as the No. 1 kicker by Kornblue Kicking (Fab 50) and is the No. 17 nationally ranked kicker by Kohl's kicking...earned first team preseason all-state honors prior to his senior season...four-sport athlete (football, soccer, track and weightlifting)...member of the honor roll.
Personal: Son of Karen Costentino and David Scheer...born Oct. 10, 1995 in Orlando...just the second kicker and third specialist to sign an NLI in FAU's history.
WR | 6-2 | 193 | Jacksonville, Fla. (Mandarin High School) | Enrolled in January
High School: Played for Robert Dean at Mandarin High School where he record 68 career catches for 1,159 yards and 10 scores...excelled on special teams with 10 blocked kicks...as a senior earned all-state honors and is Mandarin's all-time leading receiver...three-sport athlete (football, basketball and track)...earned eight varsity letters...academically he earned the Principal Award and the excellence award.
Personal: Son of Neda and Shaun Scurry...born Aug. 2, 1995 in San Diego, Calif.
LB | 6-2 | 210 | Gainesville, Fla. (Gainesville High School)
High School: Played for Mark Latsko at Gainesville High School which finished the 2013 season 9-3...invited to the O-D All-American Bowl and the Blue/Grey All-American International Bowl...teammate of fellow FAU signee Byers Hickmon.
Personal: Son of Michelle Lewis...born Aug. 17, 1995...grandfather played at Indiana...Uncle Kevin Solt at Wabash and Ronald Solt played at Maryland and was a first round draft pick, Pro-Bowl participant and 10 year member of the Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles and captured the Courage award.
DB | 6-2 | 190 | Miami, Fla. (American High School)
High School: Played for Corey Bell, a current FAU assistant coach, at American High School where he recorded 65 tackles, two interceptions and 10 break-ups as a senior...played in the Dade/Florida all-star game.
Personal: Son of Tam and Vixon Soroh...born Feb. 12, 1996 in Miami.
DB | 6-0 | 180 | Jacksonville, Fla. (University Christian)
High School: Played for David Penland III at University Christian School where he tallied eight interceptions, including five that he returned for a score which was one shy of the national record...as a junior he was named to the 2012 Class 2A All-State team, named first team 2012 all-first coast defense...as a senior earned all-northeast Florida Regional Elite team honors...also named Vystar all-star Athlete of the Week...three-sport athlete (football, basketball and baseball) member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Son of Jim and Julie Stoshak and brother of FAU wide receiver Jenson...born June 22, 1996 in Jacksonville, Fla.
DL | 6-7 | 230 | Palm Harbor, Fla. (Eastlake High School)
High School: Played for Coach Bob Hudson at Eastlake High School, a team that finished the regular-season undefeated for the first time in 27 years and advanced to the 7A semi-final game...he recorded 42 tackles, including 42 solo and seven sacks as a senior...also credited with two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries...grabbed one interception and returned it for a score...selected to the all-Pinellas Country team and to the all-conference team in 2013...also participated in the FACA Florida All-State North/South Game...captured first place in the âÂÂ€oeBull in the RingâÂÂ€ÂÂ challenge and the âÂÂ€oeSled PullâÂÂ€ÂÂ...named first place lineman in the Point of Attach Camp...two-sport athlete (football and soccer)...member of the National Honor Society and holds above a 3.6 G.P.A.National Society of High School Scholar member.
Personal: Son of Dave and Karen Snyder...born June 30, 1995 in Dunedin, Fla.
TE | 6-6 | 210 | Homestead, Fla. (South Dade)
High School: Played for Nate Hudson at South Dade High School...his senior year, he scored five TD's and tallied over 500 yards receiving...in 2013, he and his team compiled a 14-1 record in route to an 8A State Championship...also was named to the all-Miami-Dade first team (8A-6A) as a tight end as well as being selected to the famed Dade/Broward all-star game...recorded a catch for 20 yards in the state all-star game...two-sport athlete (football and basketball).
Personal: Son of Mari and Chris Reed...born Dec. 29, 1995 in Homestead, Fla...his father Nate Terry as well as two uncles (James and Shawn) played college football.
CB | 5-11 | 174 | Jacksonville, Fla. (First Coast)
High School: Played for Coach Culver and Marty Lee at First Coast High School where he recorded 35 tackles, two interceptions, 17 break-ups and blocked a field goal.
Personal: Son of Charles and Nikki Williams...born Feb. 3, 1996 in Florence, S.C...lists three relatives who played college football including Brandon Bostick who played with the Green Bay Packers.
TE | 6-4 | 230 | Chipley, Fla. (Chipley)
High School: Played for Chip Harris at Chipley High School where he was a three year starter as well as being a two-way starter at tight end and linebacker for the Tigers...offensively, tallied five receptions for 103 yards while hauling in four TDs...defensively, compiled 102 tackles, including 16 for a loss as well as a sack and an interception which he returned for 20 yards...two-sport athlete (football and baseball).
Personal: Son of Blake and Jacque Wilson...born July 17, 1996 in Fort Myers, FL...father Blake served as an offensive line coach at Chipley High School.