by Tom D’Angelo
Carl Pelini told me today his staff will be concentrating more on local recruits in the final few weeks before signing day.
Pelini has seven coaches in Miami today.
?I?m very encouraged,? he said about a class that so far has 13 known oral commitments. ?We got a relatively large class. We?re going very well. We?ve been very well received both within the state and outside the state.?
The strategy this season has been a little different. With Pelini hiring an entirely new staff ? with the exception of Jared Allen, who likely will be the only coach retained from Howard Schnellenberger?s staff ? those coaches have spent some time talking with players they had formed relationships with at their previous jobs.
?We?re probably doing a little more outside the state than we will in the future because of exiting contacts,? Pelini said.
While Pelini was completing his staff ? which has yet to be formally announced ? he still did a lot of evaluating locally. And that work has paid off as the Owls have five oral commitments from players who are attending Palm Beach County high schools. Last year?s roster had four players who played in Palm Beach.
And a lot of that credit has to go to Allen, FAU?s main recruiter in Palm Beach.
?The best way to fill the stadium is first to put a good product on the field and to fill the roster with local kids,? Pelini said.
Tags: Carl Pelini, Jared Allen
Tim Burke, Executive Editor, The Palm Beach Post.