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Owls Land First 2011 Football Commit

Freedom High Offensive Lineman First to Pledge towards Upcoming Class

If you follow Florida Atlanticís football recruiting, you know one thing: When the Owls' coaching staff offers a scholarship to a prospect itís more than just an opportunity, itís a sign of potential.

Having received an offer from FAUís coaches earlier this Spring, Freedom High School offensive lineman Josue Joseph confirmed that Friday morning, while becoming FAUís first verbal commitment of the 2011 recruiting class.

"Hey, I just thought I would let you know that today I made my commitment to come play football for FAU!", Joseph told the Owl's Nest via Facebook on Friday night.

After attending FAU's development camp, where he had to sit out due to an ankle sprain, he gained a further appreciation for the program. But he was not yet sold.

However, after returning from a Fellowship of Christian Athletes leadership camp in the Orlando area, Joseph explained that some reinforcing comments had helped him realize the value of FAU's recruiting philosophy.

ďA motivational speaker there kind of opened up my eyes,Ē Joseph said. ďI donít feel like I should have to wait around for a UF or FSU when I have someone who recognizes my potential.Ē

ďAfter I got back from my leadership camp and talked with my high school coach, I called coach Serna and let him know that I wanted to be an FAU Owl. Itís nice to have a big sigh of relief,Ē an excited Joseph remarked.

The Orlando Sentinel reported Joseph's receiving an offer from Florida Atlantic on May 24th and was the first to confirm tonight that the lineman has verbally commited to the program.

Florida State, South Florida, Colorado, UCF, Middle Tennessee State, and Florida International all had been actively recruiting the 6'-4", 255 lb pound offensive lineman, but Joseph wants to make history in Boca Raton.

ďItís a developing program, and I want to be part of that,Ē Joseph stated. ďI want to be part of the 2011 class and play in the new stadium.Ē

ďI wish I had jumped on this opportunity earlier; Iím excited to be an Owl!"