Many felt it was only a matter of time before Jordan Scarlett hit the open college football recruiting market once again.
Scarlett – a 5-11, 210-pound running back now attending Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas – made it official by decommitting from Florida Atlantic on Friday.
Scarlett’s commitment to the Owls came within hours of Roger Harriott’s hiring as FAU’s assistant head coach in December. Scarlett considers Harriott to be a father-figure so his pledge came during an emotional time with Harriott leaving his post as Davie University School’s head coach.
“[Harriott] understood my decision and he wants the best for me,” Scarlett said Friday.
Scarlett’s decision comes the day after he visited the University of Miami campus with his cousin Rodrick Archer, a 2015 linebacker from South Plantation, and close friend Sam Bruce, a 2016 slot receiver from Aquinas.
When asked if he was ready to de-commit from FAU before his visit to UM Thursday, Scarlett flat out said “no.”
“I just came to the day where I just wanted to make that choice [and decommit] because I felt it was the best decision for me,” Scarlett said. “I felt like there’s other schools out there other than FAU that can get me ready for the NFL and that’s my goal.”
UM has been on Scarlett with constant contact and multiple invites to come visit the campus unofficially. Scarlett said he had a great time just talking to coaching staff.
“I feel like they really cared about me and they stuck with me throughout the whole process,” he said regarding UM.
Three other schools are also in the picture now for Scarlett, who is no longer considering FAU at the moment.
South Carolina is “an SEC program and you can start as you soon as you get there,” Scarlett said. Former U-School teammate Skai Moore was a standout freshman linebacker for the Gamecocks last season.
Ohio State is “a Big Ten program and they have a great offensive line,” Scarlett said. “They run the ball a lot.”
Florida State has also made its mark with Scarlett, who said the Seminoles are “just telling me that’s the place I need to be because that’s where I’ll excel.”
Despite his new list, Scarlett -- who had 119 carries for 979 yards and 17 touchdowns last season for U-School -- has a strong desire to attend an in-state college.