Posted: 4:54 pm Monday, November 14th, 2011

Dwyer QB Faton Bauta commits to Georgia 

By Matt Porter

Faton Bauta may be the most intriguing player in this class of Palm Beach County recruits.

The Dwyer senior is a rock-solid 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds. His 40-yard dash time is around 4.7 seconds. He has nimble feet, impressive strength and the endurance to break 20-yard runs right after dragging three defenders with him on an eight-yard carry.

Georgia likes Faton Bauta as a quarterback. (Palm Beach Post photo)

Georgia will give Faton Bauta a shot at quarterback. (Palm Beach Post photo)

Bauta, obviously, is a heck of an athlete. Since moving to South Florida last winter, Bauta’s motivation has been proving himself to be a heck of a quarterback.

Georgia is willing to give him a chance to prove how far he’s come.

Bauta (No. 16 on the Big Board) committed to the SEC school Monday after taking a visit last weekend. He also had offers from Boston College, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Utah, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.

In 10 games for Dwyer (9-1), Bauta has thrown for 1,006 yards and 13 touchdowns with four interceptions on 59-of-112 passing. He is the Panthers’ main ballcarrier, with 352 yards and six touchdowns on a team-high 78 carries.

Bauta's strength helps him fight for tough yards. (Palm Beach Post photo)

Bauta's strength helps him fight for tough yards. (Palm Beach Post photo)

Bauta’s physical strength and mobility in the pocket are huge pluses. Since becoming Dwyer’s full-time quarterback in fall practice, his decision-making and the quickness of his release have steadily improved.

Still, Bauta drew interest from numerous BCS programs who like his size and athleticism, but saw him as a potential linebacker. Bauta was an All-State linebacker for Brooklyn, N.Y.’s Poly Prep before moving south. He split time at quarterback and was also used as a fullback.

If he doesn’t impress as a college quarterback, Bauta could make a name for himself elsewhere.

For more background on Bauta, check out this story, or this story. You can also visit the Dwyer team page for more info.

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