FAU football signs 27 players on signing day

In the 15th signing class in school history, FAU looks to bolster its roster.

Ryan Lynch, Contributing Writer

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National Signing Day 2015 is upon us, which means that many high school football players will decide what college they will play at. Many high schools will hold signing day festivities for athletes and their families, inviting local press to cover the big choice these athletes make.

Jalen Young signing to FAU. Max Jackson | Photo Editor

Jalen Young signing to FAU. Max Jackson | Photo Editor

FAU held a signing day extravaganza in the Hyundai club at FAU Stadium, with Charlie Partridge and the coaching staff commenting on the new signing class in front of fans. FAU signed 27 players out of 28 commits this year, including Jalen Young and Kerrith Whyte.

Max Jackson | Photo Editor

Kerrith Whyte signing to FAU. Max Jackson | Photo Editor

Young and Whyte are seniors at Seminole Ridge High School.

Young was named to Palm Beach County’s all area team for large schools as a running back, as well as the All 8A Conference first team. Whyte was also named to the All Conference first team as a defensive back.

They committed in a ceremony at their high school, and the UP asked them a few questions about the selection process:

What is the decision process like?

Jalen Young: “It was a great feeling to finally make that decision. Everything about today was great.”

Kerrith Whyte: “Today was a wonderful day. I just thank God for the opportunity to go to college and play football.”

How many schools did you get offers from?

JY: “I got 10 offers from different schools. Bowling Green, Louisville, and Minnesota were some of the schools that stood out.”

KW: “ I had gotten two offers, from FAU and Western Michigan.”

Why choose FAU out of all your choices?

JY: “ It felt like the right place, the right decision. I just woke up and decided that FAU was the right school for me.”

KW: “ I felt destined to be here. I had attended the camp FAU held, and got an offer two days afterwards. It just felt like everything was meant to be.”

How would you bill yourself as a player to fans?

JY: “ I’d call myself a very aggressive player, I also like to be the hype man and get my teammates pumped up.”

KW: “I’d say I’m a speed back. Great in the open field, but I can block if needed.”


“I’m very excited about this class,” said Head coach Charlie Partridge, “By area we focused on the I-4 corridor south. We ended up signing 20 players from that area. Also, we addressed the needs of our football team.”

FAU’s signing class is ranked 77 out of 128 teams and second in Conference USA by 247sports.com.

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