Posted: 8:54 pm Friday, February 11th, 2011

Dwyer picks up highly touted football transfer Faton Bauta 

By Matt Porter

A business opportunity for Faton Bauta’s parents could be a big boost to Dwyer High’s football program.

Poly Prep's Faton Bauta gets around a defender. (New York Post photo)

Poly Prep's Faton Bauta gets around a defender. (New York Post photo)

Bauta, a highly regarded college prospect who plays quarterback, linebacker and fullback for Poly Prep, a Brooklyn, N.Y. private school, is moving with his parents to Jupiter and will enroll at Dwyer this week.

Mejra Bauta said she and her husband, Mel, are bringing their youngest son with them as they pursue a real estate opportunity in South Florida. They researched area schools and Dwyer stood out, with its 2009 football state championship, last season’s ESPN-televised game and handful of Division 1 signees.

Faton Bauta was a two-time New York Post All-Brooklyn selection and was an All-State selection last season as a linebacker. He also was part of a quarterback tandem. Playing mostly halfback and linebacker as a sophomore, he rushed for 540 yards and 7 touchdowns on 37 carries, and had 62 tackles on defense.

At 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, he runs the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds. His size, speed and strength has caught the attention of Florida, Miami, Ohio State and other top schools. He has verbal offers from Maryland and Pittsburgh.

If Bauta stars in college, it won’t be a surprise. His four older brothers – Luman (Bucknell), Lav (Duke and Villanova), Izzy (Duke and Villanova) and Imer (Villanova) — all played in college, and Lav spent time in the New England Patriots’ rookie camp. All were offensive lineman, and all attended Poly Prep. Luman is now an assistant coach at the school. Sister Ferdesa was an all-state volleyball player for Colts Neck (N.J.).

For more about Dwyer’s influx of top athletic talent, click here to read my story that ran in Sunday’s Post.