“Last Chance U” star John Franklin III runs 4.40 40-yard dash at FAU Pro Day

Florida Atlantic Owls wide receiver John Franklin III (12) celebrates prematurely as he drops the ball before crossing the goal line against the North Texas Mean Green at the 2017 Conference USA Football Championship at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida on December 2, 2017. North Texas recovered the ball in the end zone. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

BOCA RATON — There were hopes that wide receiver John Franklin III could post the fastest 40-yard dash time on record at FAU’s Pro Day. Franklin had an impressive showing Tuesday morning, but it was nothing that’ll rewrite the history books.

After allegedly running a 4.19 in a YouTube video last month and running a laser-timed 4.40 (4.32 by hand) in Indianapolis, Franklin again ran a 4.40 on Tuesday. Franklin’s time was the fastest of all participating players, beating fellow wide receiver Henry Bussey III by 0.11 seconds.

The viral video of Franklin’s reported 4.19 40 raised the possibility of the receiver breaking Cincinnati Bengals receiver John Ross’ record 4.22 time at last year’s NFL Combine. Had Franklin been invited to the NFL Combine and run a 4.40, however, it would have been the third-best time behind only LSU’s D.J. Chark (4.34) and South Florida’s Marquez Valdes-Scantling (4.37).

“I wish it were better conditions,” Franklin said after his workout concluded. “It would have been an even better time. Everybody was kind of shifting with the wind pushing against us. Overall, I feel like I ran well.”

A quarterback-turned-wide receiver who won a National Championship at Florida State and starred on Netflix’s “Last Chance U” while at East Mississippi Community College, Franklin’s presence and speed drew 26 NFL teams and three Canadian Football League teams to FAU. Franklin also saw action at quarterback and defensive back, playing the latter position for the first time in his life.

Sixteen members of the 2017 Conference USA-winning Owls team, including first-team all-conference offensive linemen Antonyo Woods and Roman Fernandez, participated in the Pro Day. Cornerback Raekwon “Roc” Williams was a late addition to the list, though he did not run the 40-yard dash or do any positional drills. Williams is making his way back from a leg injury that cost him the final three months of his senior season.

The full Pro Day numbers and stats are listed below.

Pro Day numbers posted by FAU players. (FAU)

“All you need is one team to like you,” said Kalib Woods, whose impressive senior season and pro day could make him a potential late-round pick. “Gotta let everyone else do their jobs.”

Woods said he was not worried about how missing the first half of his senior season might affect his draft stock, explaining that teams had four years of tape to watch and use in their evaluation processes. After returning in October from a suspension related to a Jan. 2017 nightclub fight, Woods recorded 24 catches for 619 yards and five touchdowns.

FAU graduates and current NFL players Trey Hendrickson (New Orleans Saints), Cre’Von LeBlanc (Chicago Bears) and Lucky Whitehead (New York Jets) were among the guests in attendance. Former FAU offensive-line coach Garin Justice, who took a job with Arizona in December and is now with UNLV, visited the Pro Day as well.

Though Franklin didn’t post the 40-time he wanted, the fifth-year receiver remained optimistic about his chances of making an NFL roster.

“I just want to be able to show that I can do any and everything, just to sell myself as an athlete,” Franklin said.

Spring Football 2018:

[Former Dwyer star Gerald Hearns rising up FAU RB depth chart]

[Zyon Gilbert, Quran Hafiz headline FAU’s secondary of future]

[FAU running back D’Anfernee McGriff finds unexpected mentor after positional change]

[FAU defensive ends Tim Bonner, Ernest Bagner maturing in second season]

[New-look DeAndre McNeal excited after strong start to FAU camp]

[“Last Chance U” star, FAU quarterback De’Andre Johnson thankful to play after blood clots]

Former Dwyer star Gerald Hearns rising up FAU RB depth chart

Florida Atlantic running back and former Dwyer star Gerald Hearns carries the ball during running back drills on March 24, 2018. (Jake Elman / The Palm Beach Post)

BOCA RATON — At only 21 years of age, Florida Atlantic running back Gerald Hearns has already written books, spoken at events and is planning to run his own business when his football career ends.

But when Hearns isn’t mapping out his future, the fifth-year senior is trying to soak in what could potentially be his final season of football. Part of the fun comes from Hearns enjoying increased carries as a first-team replacement running back to start spring camp.

“One thing about me (is) I can control what I can control,” Hearns said. “Things that I can control (are) coming up here every day, watching extra film. I control calling my coach to ask him questions or (FAU offensive coordinator Charlie Weis Jr.) if I’m unsure about a certain blitz or a particular play. It’s my job to control going home and re-reading over my install, coming back (the) next day and focusing on the small details.”

Controlling the effort he puts into things is nothing new for Hearns, a former star running back at Dwyer High who earned local attention for receiving the Coach Frank D.B. DiCocco Memorial Scholarship in 2014 because of his leadership and individual success in school. After starting his collegiate career at Florida A&M, Hearns joined the Owls in August 2016 and redshirted during FAU’s 3-9 season.

Though Hearns was lower on the depth chart last season, the redshirt junior had 11 carries for 67 yards late in blowout victories. Buddy Howell’s graduation created a spot higher on the depth chart, allowing Hearns — a four-year starter in high school — to compete for more carries and opportunities.

Hearns has joined his teammates in picking up tips from running backs coach and former Detroit Lion Kevin Smith. While many of FAU’s other running backs rely on their speed to make plays, Hearns continues to work with Smith on elusiveness and agility.

“(We’re working) on getting in and out of my cuts, working on my elusiveness and awareness as to understanding the defensive fronts,” Hearns explained. “This year would be a great year for me to show that (and) what I worked on in the offseason.”

Rising junior and 2017 Conference USA MVP Devin Singletary (American Heritage-Delray) called Hearns “amazing” and praised his teammate’s effort to earn more snaps.

“I take notes from him as far as the way he works,” said Singletary, whose Stallions played Hearns’ Panthers in high school. “He never takes any days off, on or off the field.”

Defense vs. offense: Lane Kiffin and the Owls ended practice with an interesting personnel change, as Singletary played linebacker and safety Jalen Young (Seminole Ridge) took snaps at quarterback in a five-on-five showdown. Known more for his speed and ability to score touchdowns, Singletary showed impressive strength with a hard hit on safety James Pierre.

“I played (defense) growing up since Little League, so it was fun to get back on defense,” said Singletary. “I kinda miss it. … I probably surprised a few people.”

When Kiffin and coaches looked for a quarterback, there was no hesitation in Young’s mind that he would be the man for the job. Young played quarterback for the Hawks in high school and enjoyed his brief return to the position.

“Just to play it for one play, it was awesome,” Young said, “I had a great time.”

Kalib Woods, “Last Chance U” star John Franklin III headline FAU Pro Day

John Franklin III #12 of the Florida Atlantic Owls runs for a touchdown against the North Texas Mean Green during fourth quarter action on October 21, 2017 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. FAU defeated North Texas 69-31. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

BOCA RATON — John Franklin III caught national attention after allegedly running a 4.19 40-yard dash in a video he posted online. Come Tuesday, the quarterback-turned-receiver will have another opportunity to post the fastest 40-time ever.

After not coming close to his alleged 4.19 at the National Scouting Combine last month, Franklin has another chance to show off his speed in front of NFL scouts at FAU’s Pro Day on Tuesday morning. Fifteen members of FAU’s 2017 Conference USA-winning roster, including First-Team All-Conference USA offensive linemen Antonyo Woods and Roman Fernandez, will be taking part.

All eyes, however, will be on Franklin, the former Florida State, East Mississippi and Auburn quarterback who switched to receiver with the Tigers last spring and transferred to FAU in August. Franklin caught seven passes for 95 yards and a touchdown with the Owls while adding 229 rushing yards on 16 carries, the majority of those coming as a Wildcat quarterback.

When Dwyer graduate Daniel Parr was demoted from the starting quarterback job in Week 4, Franklin became the de facto backup quarterback, just another stop in what Franklin has called a wild journey.

“Living it was even more crazy than talking about it,” Franklin told The Post last month. “I feel like everything happens for a reason and throughout all those stops and all those different journeys to those places, I learned a lot and I learned more about me in how I grew as a player, how I grew as a man. Each place taught me something different, and if I had to do it all over again, I would.”

Wide receiver Kalib Woods headlines the skill players hoping to impress scouts following a 2017 season in which he recorded 24 catches for 619 yards and five touchdowns. With one more catch, Woods would have been eligible to lead Division I in yards per catch. Woods was suspended for the first half of last season following a Jan. 2017 nightclub fight, but he was reinstated in October and named one of the team’s end-of-season captains.

Online court records show Woods, whose 135 catches for 2,106 yards and 10 touchdowns in his four seasons, is next scheduled to attend a plea conference on May 21. Woods caught two passes in the NFLPA Bowl in January and is a potential late-round pick despite the ongoing legal issues.

Twenty-eight of the 32 NFL teams attended last year’s FAU Pro Day, leading to 2016 C-USA Defensive Player of the Year Trey Hendrickson becoming a third-round pick of the New Orleans Saints. FAU has had a player drafted in six of the last eight NFL drafts.

Running back Gregory “Buddy” Howell Jr. told The Post on Saturday he is healthy after lingering issues in 2017 and is hoping to run a 4.4. Howell averaged a career-high 6.6 yards per carry for the Owls last season, rushing for 740 yards and five touchdowns.

After retiring in January to focus on school and completing his engineering degree, quarterback Jason Driskel will not participate in the Pro Day.

The following players will also participate in FAU’s Pro Day: running back Marcus Clark; wide receivers Henry Bussey III, Kamrin Solomon and Nate Terry; guard Jakobi Smith; defensive end Haiden Nagel; defensive tackle Jeremiah Taleni; defensive back Abdias Corgelas; kicker Greg Joseph (American Heritage-Delray); and punter Ryan Rickel.

Former Owls in Spring League: Any FAU fans who watch the Spring League for former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel’s comeback attempt will see another familiar face, as former Owls quarterback/tight end Tyler Cameron has made the league’s North roster. Cameron, 24, played for the Owls from 2015-16 after transferring from Georgia Tech, recording 41 catches for 509 yards and a touchdown.

Ex-FAU running back Adrian Starling, who played special teams for the Owls in 2015, joins Cameron on the North roster as well.

Spring Football 2018:

[Zyon Gilbert, Quran Hafiz headline FAU’s secondary of future]

[FAU running back D’Anfernee McGriff finds unexpected mentor after positional change]

[FAU defensive ends Tim Bonner, Ernest Bagner maturing in second season]

[New-look DeAndre McNeal excited after strong start to FAU camp]

[“Last Chance U” star, FAU quarterback De’Andre Johnson thankful to play after blood clots]

Florida Atlantic Owls begin second spring camp under Lane Kiffin

FAU head coach Lane Kiffin at practice in Boca Raton, Florida on March 23, 2017. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

BOCA RATON — The Lane Train — and all that entails — has left the station for its second trip around the college football world.

Fresh off an 11-3 season which featured a Conference USA title and a Boca Bowl victory over Akron, Lane Kiffin and the Florida Atlantic Owls hit the Oxley Center fields Tuesday morning for one of 15 spring-camp practices.

“I thought the defense had a good day today … good leadership by those guys,” Kiffin said. “Lot of veterans coming back … Same issue (on offense) as a year ago, even though (there are) different players. We had a snap issue much like we did a year ago. Too many turnovers.”

Even with the turnovers, the start of spring camp marked a return to action for an FAU offense that averaged over 40 points per game last year. Former Florida State and “Last Chance U” quarterback De’Andre Johnson was a full participant in his first practice since undergoing surgery for blood clots in his arm last September.

Kiffin told his players early to avoid the “rat poison” and positive talk which came from the Owls’ first winning record since 2008 and first-ever C-USA title.

“(At) 7:45 this morning, we made sure we understood that this was a different team,” Kiffin said, adding he reminded his players their current record is 0-0. “(This has) nothing to do with what that team did. … (That was a) very special season, but that means nothing — like a preseason ranking.”

Kiffin drew from his past experience as a head coach to motivate his players, explaining that his 2012 USC Trojans were No. 1 in the AP preseason polls, but “ended up out of the rankings.”

All-American running back and Heisman Trophy candidate Devin “Motor” Singletary (American Heritage-Delray) was among the players who took Kiffin’s words to heart.

“It was good. Everything that we did, of course, that’s gonna be remembered forever,” Singletary said, pausing. “But it’s 2018! We gotta make a new name for ourselves.”

QB battle: With Chris Robison suspended indefinitely, Johnson took roughly 75 percent of the snaps on Tuesday. Kiffin indicated Robison could be back at any time, but the starting job is Johnson’s for the time being. Former walk-on and Cypress Bay quarterback Conor Miller is the backup until Robison returns.

Hold the line: Joining returning tackles Reggie Bain and Brandon Walton on the offensive line were guards BJ Etienne and Will Tuihalamaka and center Tarrick Thomas. Thomas primarily served as the backup center last season after starting four games in 2016 before suffering a season-ending injury.

Whyte in: Redshirt-junior running back Kerrith Whyte (Seminole Ridge) was a full participant in practice on Tuesday. Whyte was in a boot this winter for an Achilles injury.

Cameron impresses: JUCO transfer defensive tackle Charles Cameron showed no signs of struggling to adjust to the Division I level, blowing past offensive linemen without any issues. Cameron is the only player who signed with the Owls during the inaugural early signing period who is participating in camp this spring.

“He made a lot of plays out there,” Kiffin said of Cameron. “There’s no pads, but he was in the backfield.”

Florida Atlantic offensive lineman Jack Breshears retires after shoulder injury

Florida Atlantic offensive lineman Jack Breshears, 21, has retired because of a nagging shoulder injury. (FAUSports.com)

BOCA RATON — Florida Atlantic Owls head coach Lane Kiffin is down another offensive lineman on the eve of his second spring camp, as a team spokesperson confirmed that rising redshirt junior Jack Breshears is no longer with the program due to a lingering shoulder injury.

Breshears, 21, saw action in six games two seasons ago before suffering a season-ending injury in Oct. 2016. Though Breshears practiced last summer and was considered a potential option to win a starting offensive-line job before losing out to Jakobi Smith, the then-sophomore saw limited action before apparently re-aggravating the injury.

A source told The Post on Sunday night that Breshears “no longer had the same passion he did for football when (former FAU coach) Charlie Partridge was there.” Breshears was the rare out-of-state recruit by Partridge, signing with FAU from Batavia High School (Ill.) in 2015.

With most of last year’s starting offensive linemen graduating, Breshears would have likely had an opportunity to compete for a starting job.

Breshears is still attending classes at FAU in hopes of getting his business degree.

FAU is struggling to keep veteran offensive linemen healthy and ready to play. Fifth-year senior Matt Murphy retired last month to take a job with the athletic department’s marketing team, and former walk-on Matt Weiner, a Suncoast graduate who tore his ACL in August, is also not listed on the current spring roster.

Though tackle Bryan Beck is listed on the roster, there is skepticism that the rising redshirt junior will continue to play. A team spokesperson said Beck has not yet received a medical exemption, which would enable FAU to use his scholarship on another player while still paying for him to attend school, though he could apply for one later.

FAU will begin its second spring camp under Kiffin on Tuesday.

Five storylines to watch as Lane Kiffin, Florida Atlantic begin spring camp

FAU players celebrate 41-17 win over North Texas Mean Green at the 2017 Conference USA Football Championship at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida on December 2, 2017. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

BOCA RATON — All aboard the Lane Kiffin Train for its second round, something likely no one saw coming when the well-traveled head coach arrived at Florida Atlantic in Dec. 2016.

Kiffin and FAU pulled off the improbable in 2017, winning their final 10 games after starting 1-3 to complete their first winning season since 2008. FAU posted its first winning record in Conference USA since entering the league in 2013 and dominated its opponents en route to not only winning the conference, but also its first bowl game since 2008.

Now, the pressure is on Kiffin — who verbally agreed to a six-year contract extension in December — and the Owls to replicate last year’s success. The challenge begins with the Owls’ second spring camp under Kiffin, which starts Tuesday at the Oxley Center.

Here are five storylines to watch as FAU begins its title defense.

1. Big-name quarterback battle: Kiffin promised a quarterback competition not even an hour after FAU’s 50-3 Boca Bowl win over Akron on Dec. 19, but the pieces and circumstances have changed quite a bit since then. Last season’s starter, Jason Driskel, has retired to focus on school and Daniel Parr (Dwyer) transferred to Duquesne, but “Last Chance U” star and former Florida State recruit De’Andre Johnson returns from blood clots which sidelined him for nearly all of 2017. Competing with Johnson is ex-Oklahoma recruit Chris Robison, who transferred to the Owls last August after violating team rules. Even if Kiffin doesn’t name a true starter by the end of spring camp, this year’s battle will have plenty of star power attached.

2. Will Devin Singletary’s workload be limited? Singletary ran for 1,920 yards and an FBS-best 32 touchdowns in his first year as the Owls’ primary running back, but lost in his success was the junior-to-be leading Division I with 301 carries. Singletary was adamant last season that he could keep working as much as the coaches needed him to, but Kiffin may want to ease his All-American back into action this spring. Without their Motor, the Lane Train only runs so far.

3. Can Charles Cameron transition from JUCO? Three-star defensive tackle Charles Cameron (Copiah-Lincoln C.C.) is the only player who signed during the inaugural Early Signing Period in December that will be in camp this spring. Other players who transferred from junior colleges, including defensive linemen Ernest Bagner and Tim Bonner, were open about their own troubles adjusting to Division I. Cameron, who could earn first-team reps following Jeremiah Taleni’s graduation, will try to avoid those same struggles.

4. Finding blockers may not be easy: FAU was already losing All-Conference USA center Antonyo Woods, left guard Roman Fernandez and starting right guard Jakobi Smith to graduation, but finding their replacements is becoming tougher by the day. Rising junior Jack Breshears retired due to a nagging shoulder injury and versatile backup Matt Murphy took a job with the athletic department. Former walk-on and Suncoast alum Matt Weiner’s status is uncertain after tearing his ACL last August.

There is good news for Kiffin and new offensive-line coach John Garrison, however: All-CUSA tackle Reggie Bain and Brandon Walton will both return for their senior and junior seasons, respectively.

5. Who’s really calling the shots? Kiffin hired Charlie Weis Jr., 24, to be the offensive coordinator of a team that averaged over 40 points per game last year. Kiffin allowed Kendal Briles to run the offense last year while the first-year Owls coach took more of a hands-on role with both the offense and defense for the first time in his career. Will Kiffin aim for the same balance with the baby-faced Weis, who isn’t much older than the team’s longest-tenured players?

[DeAndre McNeal headlines Florida Atlantic offensive players to watch this spring]

[“Last Chance U” star Tim Bonner leads FAU defenders to watch in spring]

[Former Auburn wide receiver Kyle Davis will get second chance at FAU]

[Ex-West Virginia WR Jovon Durante expected to make waves at FAU this spring]

FAU reportedly finds new defensive coordinator in Southern Mississippi’s Tony Pecoraro

Tony Pecoraro, who spent 2017 as the Southern Miss Golden Eagles’ defensive coordinator, has reportedly been hired to take the same role at FAU. (YouTube)

BOCA RATON — Lane Kiffin’s second coaching staff at Florida Atlantic is apparently complete, with FootballScoop.com reporting that the Owls have hired Southern Miss defensive coordinator Tony Pecoraro to the same role.

Pecoraro, a former defensive coordinator at Alcorn State and North Alabama, will replace Kiffin’s younger brother, Chris, who took a job as the San Francisco 49ers’ pass-rush specialist last month. Under Pecoraro, Southern Miss finished 20th in the nation in total defense, allowing only 331.9 yards per game. The Golden Eagles defense also ranked 45th in the country in points per game, giving up just over 24.

Pecoraro spent two seasons in Hattiesburg and has prior experience in the Sunshine State, coaching three seasons as the defensive quality-control coach at Florida State and coaching on five total bowl teams. Pecoraro began his coaching career at Webber International University in 2004 and also worked as the team’s recruiting coordinator.

The Owls begin their spring camp on March 20.

FAU has yet to officially confirm the hiring. This story will be updated as more information is made available.

EXCLUSIVE: Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell talks Lane Kiffin, football in Florida

Former rapper Luther Campbell, who is a linebackers coach at Miami Central High, conducts practice in preparation for Miami Northwestern in state playoff game on Friday, November 26, 2010. (Miami Herald)

BOCA RATON — Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell always has something to say about one of three things: hip-hop, his beloved Miami Hurricanes and football.

And the former 2 Live Crew star loves talking college football. When coaching veteran Lane Kiffin was named Florida Atlantic’s head football coach in Dec. 2016, Campbell was quick to tweet his allegiance to FAU. He quickly became friends with the Owls coach, and invited the team down to Liberty City’s Charles Hadley Park last August. Kiffin and FAU will hit the road again this year during spring camp for a second practice in Liberty City on April 7.

[Hurricanes superfan “Uncle Luke” Campbell praises Lane Kiffin, FAU, for second trip to Liberty City]

In an exclusive, lengthy phone interview with The Post, Campbell discussed the current state of college football in Florida, and he began with the Lane Train in Boca Raton.

Campbell on the rise of FAU: “From what I’ve seen, the future looks real good for this team. The culture, the coaches … obviously Lane changed the culture along with the coaches. The strength coach (Wilson Love), I just love him. I learn so much from him being a high school coach — I talk to him all the time. I call (Love) up and see how he pushes the kids to the maximum. Football, when it’s on that level, everybody is good — it’s just a matter of the individual who’s pushing them. Do they really want to (work hard) for that coach?

“Obviously, those guys who have been just getting beat down for years turned their season around in one year because they bought into the program and bought into everything else that the coaches preached (to) them.”

Campbell on the state of Florida football: “It’s great because the best part about it, I always say, is there’s so many more opportunities for these kids to be able to go to college. I tell people all over the country, I tell my friend Snoop Dogg, I tell my friends in Texas and get into arguments all the time with (Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who played high school in Georgia and spent 2007-08 with the Florida Gators) about who’s got the best football players. I always remind him that Florida has the best players because we got the best football. I mean, it’s football all over the place and (it’s) good football!”

Campbell on jumping on the FAU bandwagon: “I went when (former FAU coach Charlie) Partridge was coaching! I always liked going out (to FAU). I’ve been going to FAU games for probably the last six years, have a good time … I just feel like it’s the best atmosphere for football.”

Campbell on predicting FAU’s success: “Everyone jumped on me last year when I said FAU is gonna win its conference, FAU is gonna win its bowl game. FAU has the best coaching staff of all the teams in the state of Florida.”

Campbell on the Hurricanes’ biggest need entering 2018: “One thing about me is that I call a spade a spade. I looked at Miami’s staff and I always say — and I’ll say it right now — we need an offensive coordinator. I love Miami.”

Miami had the fifth-best scoring offense in the ACC (29.1 points per game) and seventh-best total offense (403.4 yards per game) in 2017 under second-year offensive coordinator Thomas Brown. Miami averaged 34.3 points (6th) and 425.9 yards (8th) in 2016.

Campbell on former Florida State and current Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher: “I said Jimbo Fisher has lost a little bit of spunk and he lost some good guys off his staff. When you looked at Lane’s staff at the time with him and (former Owls offensive coordinator Kendal Briles) and (wide receivers coach and Miami Northwestern star Gary “Flea” Harrell), I mean he had some hot coaches over there. So to see (Kiffin) win like that, that was a no brainer (putting Kiffin over Fisher).”

Campbell on the importance of recruiting from Florida: “You can recruit the nation, but you’re in the backyard of that area. (FAU recruiting heavily in-state) is something that happened because (former FAU coach Carl Pelini, who was 5-15 in 20 games with the Owls before resigning in Oct. 2013 amid alleged drug use) was like, ‘OK, I ain’t getting no kids from Dade or Broward County. What he did, it was just a matter of time before he got sent out (of) the room.”

Campbell will continue to have plenty of takes on FAU and the Sunshine State’s other collegiate teams as the spring and summer go on. When FAU begins its spring camp on March 20, look for Campbell and Kiffin to talk shop both on the field and on Twitter.

Hurricanes superfan “Uncle Luke” Campbell praises Lane Kiffin, FAU, for second trip to Liberty City

Former rapper Luther Campbell, who at the time was a linebackers coach at Miami Central High, conducts practice in preparation for Miami Northwestern in state playoff game on Friday, November 26, 2010. (Miami Herald)

BOCA RATON — Florida Atlantic head coach Lane Kiffin is no stranger to contracts and agreements ending early, whether voluntarily (as seen in Tennessee) or with someone else making that decision (either on a tarmac or a projector).

There’s one deal Kiffin made after signing with the Owls in Dec. 2016, though it may not be notarized and signed, that the second-year FAU coach is sticking to in 2018: traveling to Liberty City for a football practice.

“I said (at the beginning), ‘listen, you ain’t gonna do it one time, we gotta do a two-year deal,” said Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell, the rapper-turned-high school coach and football icon. “Because so many people are not gonna believe that it’s happening and so many kids (are) gonna love that it’s happening! For it not to happen again at least one more time, it would be hard on the kids.”

Campbell and his local fans, many of whom know the hip-hop legend for his coaching rather than his days with the 2 Live Crew and raps feuds, will have another chance to see Kiffin’s Owls practice in Liberty City on Saturday, April 14. FAU will also visit Fort Lauderdale’s Carter Park on April 7.

In the weeks leading up to their historic 11-3 season last summer, FAU traveled to Charles Hadley Park on Aug. 5. — though Kiffin was not in attendance that day, instead attending the funeral of father-in-law and former Florida quarterback John Reeves. Campbell still wasted no time that day in praising Kiffin, calling him a “rock star” when many were still doubting how the former Raiders, Tennessee, and USC head coach would fare at Florida Atlantic.

“Last year, that was a freakin’ treat for the kids to be able to have a college team come into the heart of Liberty City,” Campbell told The Post by phone. “[Liberty City is] the mecca of football … I had guys who played NFL calling up, they couldn’t believe it. They were looking at it on Twitter, on social media, and they just couldn’t believe it. A college team was playing on the park where they grew up at!”

Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, former All-Pro wide receiver Chad Johnson (or Ochocinco, depending on the day), and ex-Miami Hurricanes star Duke Johnson — now with the Cleveland Browns — were among those to get in touch with Campbell.

Former Hurricanes running back Clinton Portis was among the ex-NFL players to visit Kiffin and the Owls last year, a list which also included future Hall of Fame receiver Calvin Johnson and Pro Bowl quarterback Daunte Culpepper. Campbell and Culpepper were joined by Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake for the Owls’ Nov. 3 win over Marshall. Drake’s teammate and Dolphins offensive lineman Ja’Wuan James also tweeted his intentions to see the Owls practice this spring.

“We wanted to get out as much as we could,” Kiffin said last summer of the “road practices.” “It allows maybe some people who can’t get up here to come see us, whether it’s coaches, players or fans.”

Campbell added that the Owls coming to Liberty City again also provides examples of stability and hope for the younger fans, many of whom come from single-parent households.

“It’s a real tough area as far as dads leaving kids,” Campbell said. “When these kids get showed a lot of things, they get a lot of things taken from them. Just being able to say, ‘look. they’re gonna do this again next year,’ that’s a great thing.”

Campbell said that construction on Hadley Park’s football stadium, which was scheduled for this spring, has been pushed back to accommodate FAU’s arrival.

Times for the Owls’ practices this spring, including the visit to Hadley Park, have yet to officially be announced, but last year’s open scrimmage began at roughly 3 p.m. The Post obtained an email sent to students last month for a volunteer football job which said Tuesday and Thursday practices this spring would be held between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Saturday practices are expected to be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Florida Atlantic announces ‘Lane Kiffin Football Camps’ this summer

Florida Atlantic Owls quarterback Jason Driskel (16) talks with head coach Lane Kiffin at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida on November 19, 2017. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

BOCA RATON — Between his Twitter antics and his coaching style, high school players have quickly taken to Lane Kiffin. Those same players will have a chance to meet and learn from the Florida Atlantic coach this summer.

Owls tight ends coach Clint Trickett, one of Kiffin’s first hires last year and a former starting quarterback at Florida State and West Virginia, announced on Twitter that the program will host seven camp days this June as part of the “Lane Kiffin Football Camp.”

“We are looking forward to the Lane Kiffin Football Camps this summer,” a statement from Kiffin reads. “Players who attend the camp will learn the fundamentals of football as well as new techniques they can take with them and use during their upcoming season in their path to a championship. Make this your best season yet! See you all this summer in paradise!”

Kiffin held a similar event his first summer at FAU, hosting a satellite camp which featured Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and now-Florida State coach Willie Taggart among others. Kiffin’s predecessor, Charlie Partridge, held a camp in 2016 alongside Ohio State coach Urban Meyer.

FAU has yet to announce what other schools, if any, will take part in these camps.