Scarlett commits to FAU
Jordan Scarlett
Florida Field Reporter
Posted Dec 27, 2013


New FAU head coach Charlie Partridge made a big hire Friday when Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School head coach Roger Harriott joined his staff as the running backs coach. It didn’t take long for one of Harriott’s former players, top 2015 back Jordan Scarlett to follow.

Jordan Scarlett is likely the biggest commitment in Florida Atlantic history. Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State, Miami, and you name it, were all after the 4-star stud. Scarlett had been thinking about committing to the Owls this week and he made it official once Roger Harriott’s move to the staff became official.

“I gave him a call just to congratulate him on the job that he just got. We started talking more about how we were going to miss the old days and eventually it got in to what my plans are, what my parents were thinking. I talked to my mom, she told me it’s all on me what my decision is. Coach Harriott has made me the man I am today as far as a football player and person, so I wouldn’t mind being with him for the next four years,” Scarlett said.

“He was really excited. He just can’t wait for me to get up there so we can do what we’ve been doing all along.”

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound running back understands that he could be a program-changer for the Owls.

“That was a big factor in it too, we talked about how I could change the whole program around. I’m ready to take on that role and be a leader and accept that challenge,” he said.

“I think I bring a lot of power to the table with my size. I have a lot of speed too that people don’t know about. I’ll be able to help out with pass-blocking and run-blocking. Whatever the team needs, I’ll be there to help out.”

The Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School standout also spoke with head coach Charlie Partridge to tell him he wanted to play at FAU.

“He’s been recruiting me ever since he was at Wisconsin. When he went to Arkansas, we were still talking, so I’ve built a good relationship with him,” Scarlett said.

With Harriott leaving University School, several players are transferring to other high schools. Harriott built a powerhouse with the Suns and last year they won a 3A state title. Scarlett will be transferring, he isn’t sure where yet, but it will likely be St. Thomas Aquinas or Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage.

Scarlett adds he’ll be working on several of his teammates to join him with at FAU.

“I’m definitely going to be working on Sam Bruce, I’ve known him since we were little kids. I love that kid, we’ll probably end up together. Probably (Rashard Causey) too, and Deonta Fair,” he said. Stay tuned to Scout.com for the latest.


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