Orlando (Fla.) Freedom offensive tackle Josue Joseph has been committed to Florida Atlantic for months, but early on Sunday he informed the Owls coaching staff that he had a change of heart.
"I decommitted earlier today," Joseph said. "I haven't really gotten a reaction yet because the coach was busy and I wasn't able to talk to him. He said he was going to have to call me back. I called Coach (David) Serna."
The 6-foot-4, 270-pound lineman talked about his decision to open things back up.
"Basically I thought it was in the best interest of both of us," Joseph said. "I needed to give him a heads up because I might not be signing with them on February 2nd, so they need to continue to recruit at my position. I also wanted to continue the recruiting process.
"I definitely feel like I made my first decision a little too early," Joseph added. "I didn't expect the process to pick up like it has again. In one week I went from one offer to five. So I just feel like to give myself the best opportunity possible I have to give everybody a chance."
While he is no longer committed to Howard Schnellenberger's program, he hasn't eliminated them from his recruitment.
"I will still consider FAU, they were the first to take a chance on me," Joseph said. "I am definitely going to keep them on my list of schools that I am considering."
Joining FAU in the chase for his services is four other schools.
"Right now I have five offers - Marshall, Western Kentucky, Bethune-Cookman, and Tennessee State - to go along with FAU," Joseph said. "I plan to take some visits. I have visits set up to Marshall and Bethune-Cookman."
At this time, the Marshall trip is tentatively scheduled for January 21st and Bethune-Cookman for January 28th. He talked a bit about each of those schools.
"I am talking with Coach (Sean) Cronin at Marshall," Joseph said. "I had met with him back in May when this whole process started to pick up and he expressed interest back then, but he didn't know much about me. I didn't have game film at the time. When he came back down like two weeks ago, he was in the area, and he called me and spoke with me. He stopped by the school and I showed him the highlight and he was really interested. He then offered me. He has been heavily recruiting me since then."
"I am talking to Coach (Mark) Orlando at Bethune," Joseph said. "Coach Orlando came down and got my highlights and he got them to their offensive line coach (John Powers) and I got a call from both of them. They have just been showing me a lot of interest. They told me I am a physical player and that is what they want over there."
Joseph said he has also been receiving recent interest from North Carolina State and Middle Tennessee.