Posted: 9:58 pm Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Football recruiting: John I. Leonard DE Andy Daceus commits to UAB; what happened with FAU? 

By Matt Porter

Andy Daceus has nothing against Palm Beach County, but he can’t wait to make a new home somewhere else.

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Daceus lines up during a 2011 game. (Jon Way/Sun-Sentinel)

The John I. Leonard defensive end committed to UAB Sunday after visiting the school’s Birmingham, Ala. campus.

“When he got back, he was saying he didn’t want to leave,” said John I. Leonard defensive coordinator Trent Moreland, who informed the Post of Daceus’ decision. Daceus could not be reached for comment Monday.

The move also ends an awkward dance with FAU. Daceus (6-4, 252, No. 27 on the Big Board) committed to FAU earlier this month, but the Owls did not consider him a commitment and did not have a scholarship for him, according to a source familiar with FAU’s football staff.

That’s fine by Daceus, who was so pleased with UAB that he will cancel official visits to Middle Tennessee State and Ohio. He had previously taken visits to FAU and Western Michigan. Rivals.com reports Daceus has offers from Illinois, Indiana, Middle Tennessee State and Western Kentucky.

“His heart was set on FAU at one point, but when he took that visit, it just felt home to him,” Moreland said.

Daceus, a first-team All-Area selection, had 69 tackles – 23 for loss – and a team-high 14 sacks in his senior season.

Verbal commitments and verbal offers are nonbinding. Signing day is Wednesday, Feb. 1.

Ovincy not an Owl: According to the FAU source, the Owls also do not plan to offer a scholarship to John I. Leonard wide receiver Nesly Ovincy (6-2, 175, No. 69), who committed to FAU with Daceus. Moreland said Ovincy currently has one offer, from Jacksonville, and has interest from Southern Methodist and Hawaii.