Posted: 2:23 pm Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
By Jeff Greer
Dwyer defensive tackle Mike Minns is known in media circles as a good interview. He’s honest, he’s open and he’s well spoken.
Moments after Dwyer’s ceremony honoring him and teammates Bobby Puyol (UConn) and Julian Whigham (Syracuse) for signing their national letters of intent, Minns discussed why he chose Bowling Green over FAU and Middle Tennessee State, addressing the on-going conversation about both schools’ recruiting tactics in Palm Beach County.
“The majority of the stuff you guys reported was true,” Minns said of last week’s Post report on FAU’s recruiting adventure in Palm Beach County, adding that FAU’s situation was “a little bit more understandable” because of its recent coaching change.
FAU hired former Nebraska defensive coordinator Carl Pelini to be the Owls’ head coach back in December. In the two months before Wednesday’s national signing day, Pelini turned over all of FAU’s staff except for recruiting coordinator Jared Allen. Allen was left in the difficult spot of communicating with area coaches that Pelini’s staff may not like the same players as former coach Howard Schnellenberger’s staff. Coaches at John I. Leonard and Atlantic in particular were upset with the way Pelini’s staff handled breaking the news to recruits that they were no longer priorities.
Meanwhile Minns’ offer stood with FAU. He also had an offer from Middle Tennessee State, which burned a lot of bridges in Palm Beach County when it pulled Seminole Ridge running back Gary Holmes’ scholarship offer after reportedly telling Holmes he was the top running back on the school’s recruiting list. That bothered Minns, who went on his official visit to Middle Tennessee two weekends ago with Holmes.
“I wanted to go there with Gary Holmes,” Minns said. “What happened with Middle, I didn’t really like how they were handling people.”
Minns made sure to add that Holmes will end up somewhere. Seminole Ridge coach Matt Dickmann said Wednesday that Holmes would visit new program Florida Tech and Delta State, and he was also offered preferred walk-on spots at UCF and FIU.
“Someone needs to grab him,” Minns said. “He’s really a great player. Sometimes if you wait past signing day, it works out. That’ll happen with him.”