When Davie University School running back Jordan Scarlett announced his commitment to Florida Atlantic on Dec. 27, 2013, his cousin Rodrick Archer did not know what to think.
“Truthfully, when I first heard it I was like, ‘Alright, who’s pulling a prank? This is a good joke, this is a good joke,’” Archer said with a laugh on Saturday. "Then after some time, I’m going down my [Twitter] timeline and I’m like ‘Oh, this is getting serious. It might be true.’
“So I made a phone call to him and asked him, and he was like, ‘Yeah, it’s official.’ So I was like ‘I guess I’m on the team.’”
Archer, a 2015 South Plantation defensive back rated a three-star prospect by Rivals, committed to FAU on Friday night – of all places, while eating at a Steak n’ Shake – after visiting the school earlier that day.
There was no question Archer and Scarlett wanted to attend the same school as FAU beat some stiff competition for their services. Both players had Central Florida at the top of their lists, but Florida State and Florida are still among Scarlett’s top schools – and might still be if he decides to look elsewhere until his National Signing Day on Feb. 4, 2015. As for Archer, he picked FAU over UCF, Cincinnati and South Florida.
Archer, who was at McArthur High on Saturday trying out for the South Florida Express 7-on-7 team, said his talks with new FAU head coach Charlie Partridge and running backs coach Roger Harriott – the former University School head coach – the day before were “amazing” and breathtaking.”
“I’ve been ready to commit for a while, because I’m really trying to focus on my grades right now,” Archer said. “Now that I’m committed, I’m not worried about that extra offer or where I’m going to go.”
Archer’s commitment marks the fifth in six days for the Owls coaching staff. FAU has received pledges from Hialeah American safety Andrew Soroh, Cypress Bay safety Marquese Dudley-Gordon, Daytona Beach Mainland running back Trey Rodriguez and Jacksonville First Coast wide receiver Raekwon Williams this week.
While FAU may be a springboard for other coaching jobs in the coaching for the new Owls staff, Archer said he’s not worried if coaches like Patridge or Harriott decide to pursue other job opportunities.
“It’s not like I have one family member out there,” Archer said. “I feel like that whole coaching staff is my family – I knew them since my freshman year.
“If the whole coaching staff leaves, I know I’ll still have my cousin there, and I’ll still have my friends.”