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We've already alluded to the fact that the number of players who have either gotten out of their supposedly binding National Letter-of-Intent when there was a coaching change or reneged on their non-binding verbal commitment has reached an epidemic proportion. However, Florida Atlantic not only kept their entire recruiting class intact after Matt Doherty left at this time last month to take the SMU job, but they actually have continued to build on what already was an impressive recruiting class. Prior to Doherty's departure the Owls had already landed 5'10 Tavarus Harris from Palm Beach (JC) FL, 6'8 Jeff Parmer from Palm Beach (JC) FL, 6'5 Xavier Perkins from Boca Raton (St. Andrews) FL, 6'2 Sanchez Hughley from Longwood (Lyman) FL, 6'9 Seydou Kone from Broward County (JC) FL, and 5'11 Avery Holley from Pompano Beach (Ely) FL and earlier this week they added 6'3 Sean Alarcon from Indian River (JC) FL. And the addition of Alarcon is huge, because we're talking about one of the best 3-pointer shooter in the junior college ranks, as is evident by the fact that he shot 42% for the season from beyond the arc and hit 10-12 treys in two games in the regional junior college tournament two months ago. The addition of Alarcon also moves Florida Atlantic's recruiting class into a tie at #45, along with West Virginia, on our list of the Top Recruiting Classes To-Date for the Class of 2006. But the icing on the cake is the the fact that 6'9 Frosh Jimmie Sutton has decided to transfer from the University of Florida to Florida Atlantic. Sutton was a red-shirt freshman on the Gator's NCAA Championship team, but he also was ranked #110 nationally a year ago in our Final Ranking of the Top Players in the Class of 2005 and has the athleticism and defensive presence necessary to eventually become one of the dominant big men in the Sun Belt Conference, as well as a perfect complement to Parmer and Kone, who also missed all of last season, but can handle, pass, and shoot and is just oozing with potential. It is not the editorial policy of the HOOP SCOOP to include transfers when ranking recruiting class, but, if we did include Sutton, then Florida Atlantic's class would move up to #32 on our list of the Top Recruiting Classes To-Date for the Class of 2006. Obviously the fact that the Florida Atlantic decided to retain assistant coach Rex Walters, who is one of the bright up-and-coming guys in the business, was huge when it came to keeping this class together. But we also understand that Florida Atlantic assistant coach Mike Balado, who used to be an assistant coach at Miami-Dade (JC) FL, played a key role in the process, as he had all of the contacts necessary to help put together a recruiting class that is made up entirely of junior college and high school players from the Sunshine State.
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