Revell Was Almost A FAU Owl

"Florida Atlantic's stadium, man, they don't like to show it to their recruits," Revell said. "That's one of the things they like to avoid when they're recruiting their players.

If not for a change of heart, ULM quarterback Trey Revell might be throwing passes for Florida Atlantic instead of the Warhawks.

The redshirt junior from Havana, Fla., visited FAU while in high school and went so far as to give the Owls his verbal commitment – for about two weeks.

"I committed there," Revell said during ULM's weekly news conference with the local media. "Then the second weekend, I came up to Monroe and fell in love with Monroe."

Revell switched his pledge and signed with ULM in 2006, redshirted, then waited his turn behind Kinsmon Lancaster until this season.

Now he'll face FAU for the first time as ULM's full-time starter when the Warhawks visit Boca Raton, Fla., on Saturday. Revell said he's expecting family members and friends to make the in-state trip to watch him lead ULM in its Sun Belt Conference opener.

Although he'll be playing in his native state this week, he feels more at home in northeastern Louisiana these days.

"Boca is just a little bit different environment for me," said Revell, whose 137.0 pass efficiency rating leads the Sun Belt and ranks 50th nationally. "Coming from north Florida, outside of Tallahassee, it was kind of country and laid back. You get down there to Boca, with all them cars, all them businesses; it's just kind of different for me. I liked Monroe a little bit better. It's a little more relaxed."

Revell said FAU's players carry themselves with a different air too.

"They've got some aggressive players," Revell said. "They've got that mentality -- that down-south mentality to them. They're used to playing those Miami schools and they like to fly around and play the game of football. They like to get after it, kind of like predators. When they smell blood, they like to go in for the kill."

FAU plans to move into a new 30,000-seat open-air football stadium in 2010, but has called Lockhart Stadium home since 2003. Revell wasn't exactly complimentary of the cozy 20,000-seat facility, which once hosted pro soccer .

"Florida Atlantic's stadium, man, they don't like to show it to their recruits," Revell said. "That's one of the things they like to avoid when they're recruiting their players. There's a good reason why. It's easily the worst in Division I, I think. "They're working on getting some things right at their new stadium there. They've got big plans, and that's good for them. But right now, it's hurting.

Revell continued, adding that he never saw Lockhart on his recruiting visit: "Coming at it from a Division I point of view, you look at it and it's like a step back. You like going to those venues like Texas and Arizona State. You like looking around at them. Then you go to a place like Florida Atlantic, and you've got to put it all behind you and look at it between the lines."

Despite missing out on Revell, FAU fared well in finding quarterback Rusty Smith. The fourth-year starter led the Owls to back-to-back bowl wins as a sophomore and junior and is considered an NFL prospect.

"He's a good ballplayer," Revell said. "He doesn't make too many mistakes or do too much. He just does what he needs to do and executes that offense pretty well."

Despite his personal decision to play for ULM, Revell respects what the young FAU program has accomplished too and knows Saturday's game will be a battle. ULM leads the series 3-2, with all three wins at Boca Raton, Fla.

"The represent our conference well," Revell said. "Going and playing against Florida Atlantic, you want to have a good game against them like we've had the past five years. It's a big opportunity for us in the conference."

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