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Countdown to 7:01 a.m.

There's less than 38 hours to go before the National Signing Day faxes can start pouring into the FIU football offices.

At 7:01 a.m. on Wednesday, the Golden Panthers could begin to receive signed letters of intent from the recruits FIU has targeted.

While we all know the 21 verbal commitments FIU has received thus far, getting these final four players would cap off a solid recruiting class for FIU.

T.Y. Hilton - The two-sport star from Miami Springs played wide receiver, defensive back and returned Ty_2 kicks this season for the Golden Hawks. He scored 19 touchdowns and has 4.4 speed which is something you can never have enough of on your team.

T.Y. was real positive about his visit to FIU recently telling Miami Herald high school writer Andre Fernandez: "FIU's coaches really look like they know what they're doing over there. I really got to know them well and they seem to have a good vision of what they want to accomplish. I like them because I could see them doing big things in a couple of years."

Hilton is a pure athlete, who also played guard for his hoops team and could even help out the FIU hoops team -- and as we all know from this season, they could use all the help they can get. Where Hilton would play at FIU is still to be determined, but could you imagine that speed as a slot receiver, in the secondary or returning kicks. FIU didn't have too much speed last season, with maybe Lionell Singleton being the fastest Panther.

It's pretty much down to West Virginia, Florida (who joined the T.Y. recruiting party recently) and FIU. Hilton will make a decision on Wednesday.

Jjj As we've talked about before, getting defensive end Jonathan Jackson (48) from Booker T. would complete the Tornadoes trifecta (along with Kambriel Willis and Winston Fraser). Recently speaking to several people close to Booker T., it sounds like JJ is going to drive past Coral Gables and join his teammates at FIU. With his speed on the outside and KW and WF's speed at linebacker this could have the makings of a special D for years to come.

Norland and All Miami-Dade first team defensive back Emanuel Sourin would also be a tremendous signing for the FIU secondary. Sourin had four INTs this season, two returned for TDs and would make a strong 1-2 punch with Anthony Gaitor.

Now here's a shot in the dark, but again when you're dealing with teenagers, who could have trouble deciding between blue and red Gatorade -- you never know. Northwestern receiver Kendal Thompkins skipped past Coral Gables to visit Nebraska. Earlier, KT had a good visit at FIU, but was in Cornhusker land last Gatorade weekend. Who knows what's going through Thompkins' melon right now, but maybe he wants to stay home and not play in Coral Gables, that would leave, you guessed it -- the 6-year-old football program that is suddenly not afraid to recruit against the big boys. It will get interesting in the next 37+ hours.


CJ: Pretty much what you read about Main Street FIU in the stadium story is what's available right now. The plan is for retail stores, restaurants on the ground floor and dorms above that. I'll have more recruit, or rather, new FIU football players interviews after signing day.

FIUJM: Yes, I walked in the stadium on the first tour posted on this blog back in October 2007. And I walked the stadium last Saturday when they snapped the photos of MC and PG. The newest Stadium Tour blog will be on here later in the week or early next week. I am planning on touring the stadium some time this week and we'll have updated photos on here of all that is done and all that is being worked on, such as the west end zone and FIU fieldhouse.

GO FIU!: Welcome to the GPP.


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