Posted: 2:36 pm Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

FAU snubs Pahokee’s Hickman, miffs Thompson 

By Jason Lieser

Even with star recruit Nu’Keese Richardson waffling on his commitment to the Florida Gators, Pahokee coach Blaze Thompson seemed relaxed Wednesday.

Until he got started on Florida Atlantic pulling its offer to cornerback Willie Hickman.


Thompson was surprised when FAU did not send Pahokee an letter of intent for Hickman, and when he called the football office he found out it wasn’t coming. FAU previously told Thompson and Hickman the Owls were making him an official scholarship offer.

“I was sitting and waiting on an FAU offer,” Thompson said. “He probably would’ve signed. He already had the hat ready.”

We’re unlikely to know both sides of this story because FAU won’t comment on players they haven’t signed. Ultimately, Hickman signed with Eastern Michigan.

The strange part of this is FAU did send Pahokee an offer for cornerback Jarvis Byrd, who was already committed to North Carolina State. Byrd was considering an offer from Wake Forest, but no one else. There was little reason at all for FAU to think it had any shot at him.

“So why not just give (Hickman) Jarvis’ offer?” Thompson asked.

He never got a straight answer and it’s likely we won’t either.