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C-USA Recruiter of the Year Roger Harriott resigns from FAU

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The Owls are down a coach after their leading recruiter decides to step away from the game.

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Florida Atlantic assistant head coach and running backs coach Roger Harriott has resigned on Friday, according to the school.

"Roger needs to step away from the game we love to focus on his parents in Jamaica, his wife, Marisa, and his five children," head coach Charlie Partridge said in a statement. "A decision only a family man would make. We are grateful for all he has done and wish him and his family the best."

Harriott joined the Owls from upstart high school powerhouse University School in Davie, FL. At University, Harriott led the Suns to a 78-15 record overall and one state championship. In one season as an assistant coach, Owl running backs ran for over 1,200 yards and six touchdowns. He has been an instrumental piece of the South Florida recruiting puzzle for the Owls and replacing him in that aspect should be difficult for coach Partridge.

On the same day as his resignation, Harriott was announced as the Conference USA Recruiter of the Year by 247Sports.com.

There is currently no timetable for the hiring of Harriott's replacement, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Partridge reach back into the high school ranks. Partridge's other staff hire directly from high school coaching was secondary coach Corey Bell who has been heralded as another force in the South Florida recruiting game.