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