Head Football Coach Willie Taggart announced eight individuals will join five greyshirts in Florida Atlantic University's early 2022 signing period class.
"I feel really good about the guys we are bringing in," said Taggart on Wednesday morning. "After evaluating our football team and where we need to go, I felt like we added some needed players that can come in and help us instantly, which we need experience. Being a young football team, it is really critical in this recruiting cycle that we get some experience that will help mix in with the younger guys that we have on the football team."
FAU concentrated its efforts on immediate needs, at positions both vacated by player graduation and needs based on last year's play. In an effort to assemble the best possible class of student-athletes, the FAU coaching staff did not anticipate completing the signing class yet, with the knowledge that more players will enter the portal between now and the national championship as well as the Owls' need to balance the roster.
"Recruiting has changed tremendously," added Taggart. "It has always been an everyday thing, but now with so much movement, you don't know. Every day is different, but you have to understand your roster and recruit your roster, making sure you know that first. You have a lot of different periods now recruiting with the transfer portal … It is a new age. You have to try and adjust and stay ahead of the game."
Taggart stated that Owls would like to also bring in an offensive and defensive lineman to go along with an experienced receiver.
FAU will also be looking to bring in another quarterback with the departure of outgoing Nick Tronti.
Here's what Coach Taggart had to say about the class so far, in full:
Early 2022 Signing Class Members
• Jaylen Wester - LB, 6-1, 195 lbs, Miami, FL (LOI)
• Wyatt Sullivan - WR, 6-4, 210 lbs, Quincy, FL (LOI)
• Jymetre Hester - WR, 5-10, 160 lbs, Mississippi Gulf Coast CC (GIA)
• Brandon Schabert - WR, 6-2, 185 lbs, Delray beach, FL (LOI)
• Okino King - OL, 6-2, 298 lbs, Miami, FL (LOI)
• Jahbari Hill - CB, 6-1, 185 lbs, Delray Beach, FL (LOI)
• Justin Goodwin - DL, 6-3, 280 lbs, Huffman, AL (LOI)
• Xavier Peters - LB, 6-4, 225 lbs, Garden City CC (GIA)
• Carter Boatwright - TE, 6-4, 225 lbs, Florida State (GIA)
• Jamie Pettway - LB, 6-3, 230 lbs, Missouri (GIA)
• Jaleel McRae - LB, 6-2, 230 lbs, Florida State (GIA)
• Morven Joseph - LB, 6-2, 215 lbs, Tennessee (GIA)
• Marvin Scott III - RB, 5-9, 200 lbs, Nebraska (GIA)