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Back On The Recruiting Prowl

We're down to 9 days and counting until National Signing Day and it looks like your Panthers have picked up a couple more commitments.

Tottle Osceola High offensive lineman Austin Tottle, all 6-4 and 315 pounds of him, is headed toward FIU.

So is North Dakota State defensive back Jarrell McGee, who runs a 4.4, 40 and is 5-10, 200 pounds. McGee, who is from Cocoa, Florida, has a pretty good highlight video and you can check it out here: Best Of Jarrell McGee

Was working on an FIU recruiting story for Tuesday's paper on Monday. You can check it out at miamiherald.com.

Some other nuggets discovered on the recruiting prowl on Monday: FIU is still in the hunt for linebacker Larvez Mars (right), who apparently will qualify academically to play Division I football this season, and is Mars narrowing down his choices to FIU and Iowa State.

Linebacker Roderic Blunt is about set to commit to Middle Tennessee, because of ties with Blue Raiders coach Rick Stockstill and former high school teammate Emmanuel Perez.

Looks like the final NMB 2: Nico Flores and Kehmal Ishmael are going to be a package deal for either Western Michigan or Central Florida.

Dharg And don't count out FIU with either NW running back Daquan Hargrett (left) and Archbishop Carroll defensive back Corey Ammons.

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You the man!!! Thank you for the updates...Mars would be a great get, if his play on the field matches his accolades.....Thanks for the two new commitments!!

Pete man you came on strong on the recruiting front ... i didnt know about the 2 commits! thanks for the updates hopefully your right about daquan and ammons and hopefully mars does come to FIU

Great stuff, Pete. Keep the recruiting tidbits coming up until NSD next Wednesday!

McGee looks like he's going to be able to contribute right away. It's a little surprising that we're still after Ammons with the depth we have at DB and with Jerome Swinton still out there. But if we lose Flores and Ishmael to UCF it will be nice payback for the Knights.

And awesome news on Larvez Mars. Very surprised to read that Iowa State is in his final two--they seemed to come out of nowhere. Hopefully Larvez will recognize what he'd mean to FIU (being our first four star recruit). Seeing a few interviews with him, I have to say I'm really impressed--he seems like a real nice, level-headed kid.

I'd like to see us grab Larry McCoy and Corey Henry in our final few singings as well.

Larvez, if you are reading this.

...The city of Miami, beaches, fun in the sun, nightlife, and top notch football....or Iowa.

Need I say more?

Think about it!

McGee is an absolute STUD !! I hope we can sign his teammate Josh Gatlin. Both of them have size and great speed. McGee has played both ways in JUCO, wonder if MC might try him at RB.

Austin Tottle is a nice OL sleeper.

Thanks Pete, the countdown continues...


Larvez,

Miami also has the FINEST hunnies in the nation.

And even if Iowa had some pretty ladies, they're practically covered from head to toe in layers of warm clothing the majority of the year.

Just went on ESPN but didn't see FIU listed as one of the schools Mars is considering. I hope FIU can land him, he's a great athlete sure to do exceptional in college ball.

thanks for the info pete.

I can not wait for these kids to get in FIU jerseys and start moving this program forward.
09' should be fun to watch. Go Panthers!

Josh forney highlight fiu commit...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZ_d-FHbp-8

Hey PETE, maybe you can do a story on some the the Redshirts from last season, my son Joey Harris is a TE who redshirtted last season and is READY to go this season 100%!!!! He is a great kid and i know the coaches are looking for great things to come from him...thanks! GO FIU!!

KJHarris02 hows your son coming along are we finally going to get more out of our TE position?

That's a very good idea for an article, KHarris02! Have them talk in terms of what they have learned, improved (if any) on strength, ability, and speed....

BTW Pete....great recruiting article in today's Herald!!! I love the passion Mallary, Taylor, and Carroll show when talking about FIU Football, and what it's gonna be in the future...immediate future...I absolutely can't get over the obvious passion they feel about it...can't help but think it's a byproduct of the same passion that Mario and his staff show when they recruit these kids...It shows now!!

Also, love Blustein's comments....as it's not me or any other FIU fan saying these words, so FIU haters can't accuse FIU fans of saying them:

"Mario knew he had to nail down the South Florida area, and he's done that with another tremendous class,'' said Miami Herald recruiting analyst Larry Blustein. ``Once FIU hits its stride and starts going to bowl games -- and they will soon enough -- there's no stopping that program. FIU is going to be the UCLA to Miami's USC."

Yeah, I agree about the TE issue. I think we need to get the TE's involved a little more. Any TE with good hands and speed is a QB's best friend. I realize throwing the ball to the 2 Big Stars at WR is priority, but our TE's should look foward to a very busy season (not just blocking)..

Pete we need one last question before the Big Day.. Someone come up with a good question to post!

I got a poll question:

Not sure if there are any signing day surprises, but based on the current commits...

Who will be next season's "Impact Player" ? We had T.Y. last year, who's it gonna be this year ??

I like Terrance Taylor's view: "This is the new and improved FIU"

not a sleeping giant...we're new and improved!

Go Panthers !!!

"Mario knew he had to nail down the South Florida area, and he's done that with another tremendous class,'' said Miami Herald recruiting analyst Larry Blustein. ``Once FIU hits its stride and starts going to bowl games -- and they will soon enough -- there's no stopping that program. FIU is going to be the UCLA to Miami's USC."

Please! recruiting analyst? We don't wanna hear that!
Recruiting classes and star rankings don't mean a thing if you can't win on the field.

Joshua Forney defensive lineman FIU committ from chicago highlight......http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZ_d-FHbp-8

That is a great question FIU B & G:

My vote would have to go to Perry the Running back. I think he can possibly finish his career as the best RB in school history. If healthy the entire season he can be big time..

As for what FIUdade said "We don't wanna hear that! Recruiting classes and star rankings don't mean a thing if you can't win on the field". I would have to disagree. We do want to hear how well our 2009 recruiting class compares to the rest of the State, and nation. I realize that the big "W" is everything, but at least it can give us something to get more people excited about FIU Football, and that usually translates to more tickets, more money, etc.. Keep the positive exposure coming Pete..

Go Panthers..

CJ, my son is doing great!!!! he's really working hard in the weight room, building muscle. Coach wants him at 250 lbs, which means he has to gain about 10 lbs of muscle. Which shouldn't be hard. He had ACL surgery on his left knee as a senior in high school Oct 2007, had extensive rehab. He says he is ready to go this year, so look out!!!! I think Joey is the one to look for to have a GREAT season! I can't wait to go watch him play, i am very proud of him...he is a very special kid. I'm glad that he got this opportunity to play at the college level. FIU and all the coaches are really great people. I had to opportunity to speak and visit with them in the last year and they seem very sincere and I am proud that Joey is playing on the FIU football team!!!! PETE, PLEASE DO AN ARTICLE ON THE TIGHT ENDS!!!!!

OOPS, CORRECTION HIS RIGHT KNEE

TE is a position we definitely need someone to step up, a good tight end can make a huge difference for the QB and other offensive weapons....Look what Fasano did for the dolphins!

FIUBlueandGold, great question on the impact player next year from this year's class. My best guess would be either Kenneth Dillard or Wayne Times. It's too hard for the interior guys to make an impact in year 1, so it's likely to be someone with speed and great football instincts. Dillard and Times have both.

KJHarris02, looking forward to watching your son play--sounds like he's got the work ethic.

"KJHarris02, looking forward to watching your son play--sounds like he's got the work ethic."

Really? The fact that he is in the weight room make it sound like he "has the work ethic"?

Do you all remember another parent of a player who used to blog with us - FIUMOM - she always told us how great her son was and how hard he worked and the truth was, the kid never saw the field.

KJHarris02 - a word of advice from a long time poster to this blog - go away. I am not trying to be mean, but if FIU sucks, and your kid is a part of it, you are only to get mad reading this blog and you, b/c your son may be playing for the team, will take it personally. So, for your sake, please go away, leave the blogging to dumb fans like Southpaw.

CC,

Go drink a bottle of CLOROX. You are pathetic.


You're fear is really showing, CrazyCane:-)

A little much to drink last nite, CC? If you were a memeber of United Nations, we would have World Wars every year.....Talks about lack of perspective.

God help you if you had something like that to say about my son. Thank God his only 2 years old, but as a proud Alum, and a very proud father I think what Mr. Harris is doing is not hyping up his son at all.

He realizes that if his son drops the winning catch in a game the blogs are going to be all over that, but if he catches the winning pass, then the blogs will prasing him liek crazy..

I'm actually looking foward to seeing a little more action thrown to the TE's this year. Way to go Mr. Harris. I like to see a proud and realistic father..

Pete, seriously, can you erradicate the trash. There's no need for someone to be attacked for being proud of their son and I kind of like the perspective. Also, if you would like to hear from FIU Mom you can come over to www.fiugoldenpanthers.com where she still posts.

CrazyCane, thats a good name for you....you are Crazy!!!!! I really don't care what you post. I know who my son is and what he can do. He is an excellent student and athlete..thats all that matters. Just wait to see, he will show you!! LOL I'm here to stay.

Gooch7, just a correction, i am his MOM, although his Father is very proud too!!! thanks for the kind words everyone...

Oh KJHarris02:

Meet our good friend "Crazy Cane"!!!

He sure knows how to stir up some controversy as you can probably tell!!!

KJHarris,

Dont listen to crazycane. There are a lot of haters on the other side of town, but you will find that most people in Miami want to see both FIU and UM do well. We in the Panther community certainly wish your son succeeds. He seems like a good kid.

FIU_GPANTHER....yes i can tell.....lol

Great, another Mom who thinks her son is the next big thing. News flash, if that were true, he wouldn't be at FIU. He'd be at UF, OU, or one of those other current Nat'l contenders (please everyone note I did not say Miami)

thanks for the kind words "the championunderdog"

CC, you must not have any kids....if you did you would see my perspective. There's nothing wrong with being "proud" of your kids. I have been there every step of the way with my son thru out his football playing years. He has played football and baseball since he was 5 years old. So i know how good he is... he has been to many football and baseball camps and had some interest from other teams, but he has chosen to go to FIU, its his choice...as for UF, i'm not a fan of them. I live up in Gainesville and personnally i really don't like UF....its my opinion....

Stars, recruiting classes, bla bla bla bla Don't mean a thing!
I'll take a W, conference title, bowl bid over stars!

Well at least we have that in common KJHarris02, we both dislike UF.

However, the rest of your post proves my point.

A. Did your son choose to go to FIU b/c you are a fan of FIU? I hope not. My reference to UF was not as a fan, it was that if your son was the supersatr you think he is, schools like that would have been coming after him, not places like FIU.

B. I'm sure your son was an all star at whatever camp he went to, but honestly, do you think that those camps are reflective of D-1 football? Were they local camps in Gainesville? Seriously.

C. Is he going to try and walk on for Turtle, was he recruited for baseball at FIU too? if not, noone cares that he has been playing baseball since he was 5 except for you mom, which goes right back to my original point, becareful of this blog mom.

D. I do have kids, and yes I understand being proud of them, but I would not go on a blog trying to impress all of his soon to be fans of stories about how my little boy is in the gym working hard and trying to be strong like those other boys on the field.

Any word on Nico or Kemal ??

CC posted:

“Great, another Mom who thinks her son is the next big thing. News flash, if that were true, he wouldn't be at FIU. He'd be at UF, OU, or one of those other current Nat'l contenders (please everyone note I did not say Miami)
Posted by: CrazyCane | January 28, 2009 at 12:21 PM “

This is what you need to understand. Haters like CC are like roaches. They are everywhere and they die hard. CC has counterparts at other so-called nat’l contenders who beat their chest and look down their nose at the world, albeit none may do it as arrogantly, annoyingly and confrontationally as Crazy Cane.

For example, it’s not hard to imagine there’s an annoying Alabama (so-called national contender) blogger somewhere who considered the Utah Utes beneath them. Then Utah proceeded to plant their proverbial foot into Alabama’s prideful backside. Do you think that Alabama blogger has choked on crow? Heck no! Like CC, they rationalize away the fact that Utah, a squad of two star recruits, laid da wood on Alabama.

Listen, all you need to know is this – CC picks fights with mothers of teenage recruits and young college football players. If that doesn’t make you the world’s biggest pussycat douche bag, nothing does.

Consider CC that annoying roach problem. Just went you think the coast is clear, CC (like a roach) darts across your kitchen floor (or your computer screen in this case) and all the Raid in the world doesn’t seem to dissuade the roach. Just learn to live around CC, because he’s an insect problem that’s not going away. Every time you see a CC posting, think of that roach darting across your computer screen.

LOL!!!! The Roach!!!

Good post gpantera....I don't understand his infatuation with FIU fans, especially FIU Moms....

great post gpantera!!!

Since we are resorting to immaturity, I might as well jump in.

CC - You are a REAL LOSER !! A scUM BAG getting into a CYBER debate about PARENTING ??

Are you serious ?

You are pathetic and starving for attention. Anyone that resorts to using the internet as an outlet to attack people, must be an absolutely miserable person.

The contempt and scorn you have for FIU is ridiculous. Really, WHY, WHY, do you care so much what we say on this BLOG.

Do us all a favor and walk in front of a bus !!

Get lost !!!


Go see a SHRINK !!!


FIUBlueandGold - you criticize me by saying "Anyone that resorts to using the internet as an outlet to attack people, must be an absolutely miserable person," and then you go on to post,
"Do us all a favor and walk in front of a bus." Is that no attacking me? Does that make you a miserable person?

As for you gpantera - I did not know she was his mom and until she proclaimed as such - i started attacking the person who praised her son for going to the gym, it was only later that I started talking to her - get your facts straight and you have been on this blog long enought to know it could be his mom, his dad, you, any fiu fan, i say whatever i want, whenever i want (without getting clawed out) so deal with it my friend.

FIUBlueandGold - you criticize me by saying "Anyone that resorts to using the internet as an outlet to attack people, must be an absolutely miserable person," and then you go on to post,
"Do us all a favor and walk in front of a bus." Is that no attacking me? Does that make you a miserable person?

As for you gpantera - I did not know she was his mom and until she proclaimed as such - i started attacking the person who praised her son for going to the gym, it was only later that I started talking to her - get your facts straight and you have been on this blog long enought to know it could be his mom, his dad, you, any fiu fan, i say whatever i want, whenever i want (without getting clawed out) so deal with it my friend.

CrazyCane got owned pretty bad by pantera. And for the first time ever, he doesn't have anything witty to say about it other than "Deal with it..."

Well played Mr. Pantera. And CC, you really are a pussycat douchebag. hahahaha

lol so much hate towards CC come on tell me you all didnt think he was goin to listen to some1 say their son was on the team and NOT take a shot at that lol if he didnt i would have doubts that it would be the real CC. just dont worry bout him. KJHarris02 can stand up for herself.. shes a big girl now lol besides... doesnt take much to fight back w/ CC...

bla bla bla bla bla bla delusional.
We are a nobody!
Good recruiting class? Whatever!
We can't even beat our fabricated rival 45 min. up north!
We brag and brag about our star players, UM does the same thing, but at least they can back that up. Learn from UCF, USF or FAU. They speak easy about recruits until signing day.

Difference is I don't come on here with a singular purpose trying to offend and criticize folks. YOU DO !! The rest of us come on here to enjoy news related to FIU.

I'm not attacking you, just illustrating the obvious. If a bottle of CLOROX doesn't work, try chasing it with a bottle of TILEX.

scUM.

Wow...FIUdade...yep right...is jealous!!!LOL!!! Hiding under a name, while he/she is a fan of other school....

Remember...so that reading comprehension problems can be overtaken....the comparison you quoted was not made by ANY FIU fan...but from Larry Blustein...In the words of el loco....deal with it!

Just ignore CC, he's a tool.

FIUdade, who do you really root for? I'm having a hard time believing that you're an FIU fan.

Pete, keep the information coming...we appreciate it.

GO FIU!!!

Just ignore CC, he's a tool.

FIUdade, who do you really root for? I'm having a hard time believing that you're an FIU fan.

Pete, keep the information coming...we appreciate it.

GO FIU!!!

FIU dade... I'm so sorry that I am not as good a fan as the fans of programs such as UCF, USF and FAU. Excuse me for being excited for my team and for the kids that are buying into the program the same way that I am. If I had half the knowledge of college football that you did... maybe I wouldn't care so much about my time. Wow... I'm such a loser. How can I be more like you?

FIU dade... I'm so sorry that I am not as good a fan as the fans of programs such as UCF, USF and FAU. Excuse me for being excited for my team and for the kids that are buying into the program the same way that I am. If I had half the knowledge of college football that you did... maybe I wouldn't care so much about my time. Wow... I'm such a loser. How can I be more like you?

FIUdade, what's your beef, guy? There's nothing wrong with talking about the talent that might be joining our school! If you don't want to read about it, there are plenty of other blogs you can frequent. We're all very excited about what MC has done, as evident from the improved team we saw last year. We quintupled our wins from the prior year! Everyone is talking about recruits right now, I don't care what school you follow.

You're probably not even an FIU fan/alum!

care so much about my team****

Pete Can you trace back FIUdade's ip address I'm sure he is just a scUM bag wannabe fan who has never stepped in a college campus.

Wow,


This guy crazycane has kids?

I thought he would be 12 years old... live and learn

WOW


This guy crazycane has kids?


I thought he would be 12 years old...

ok, i understand where CC is coming from. Enough of the name calling, etc....i just want to see my son succeed in whatever he does whether it be football, baseball. I just can't wait to the football season starts again!! GO FIU!!!

FIUFanatic:
Jealous of what?
I am an FIU student, but I don't see my football program being what you say on this blog. Why the other schools should be jealous?
Jealous of our great success on the field?
I am sorry, but I disagree!
It is just my opinion.
You are so into FIU football that you don't see the reality of it.
Not only you but the rest of fans on this blog are so biased and believe a fictitious successful program is the envy of the town.
I support FIU football, but I'm not delusional.

A nice article in recruiting by Pete Pelegrin brings these comments....Coincidence?...I haven't said anything of which apparently are accusing me of....You are all over the place in condemning this talk....and to tell you the truth...in a rather strong, confrontational way....So, if you really are an FIU fan....my God!..

Jealous of what recruiting analyst said about FIU....Again, you quoted that part in your first confrontational comment....Again...I DID NOT say that...and for the record...neither did Pete Pelegrin, who wrote the piece. It was just a quote from one of the most well respected recruiting analyst in Florida. Now, since you didn't like BLUSTEIN'S comment (again, not mine, not Pelegrin's, and not anybody else)..it's quite evident you didn't enjoy that....perhaps due to jealousy...Get it?

Wow guy!!! you have "0" life and get "0" girls. Who sits on a blog that isnt for there team just so they can get attention?

Secondly, your points that you TRY to make, and your jokes, are just dumb. Its not even funny. give it up pal. I guess being a jokester is not for everyone, sorry to hear it.

FIUdade you're probably new to this blog, because everyone in this blog knows FIU football very well and have seen this program struggle. Now that we have had some success on the field and our recruiting class is molding up to be the best ever, we feel excited and PROUD!!! No one is claiming FIU to be a powerhouse, but we all see the potential of this program and we will support it!!!

PS-Are you one of those FIU students all decked out in scUM gear on campus??? im starting to think so, since all your posts resemble the view of scUM fans. Simply cannot accept the fact that we are gonna be making some big time noise in no time.

Fanatic:
Why would I be jealous when I am an FIU student. I just don't buy into our football program like you all do. Why being jealous of FIU when we have not won anything. You are just biased and don't see the reality of our team. I love FIU, but I am not into football especially when everything the fans say is fictitious.
I am dealing with it in a different way!
Wake me up when the sleeping giant awakes.

I logged on to check out this blog and damn near broke my computer swatting at a roach darting across my screen...then I realized it was just CC responding. Close call.

Fictitious in what way FIUdade? Delusional? And if what you are saying is true, what in the world are you doing here? What in the world were you expecting? A pity party about the past?

I'm sorry, but the future is bright for FIU football and athletics and with all due respect if you can't see that, you are the one who is delusional. We have an Athletic Director who is committed to taking us to the top, a young and intelligent football coach with recruiting skills that are making us a force to be reckoned with sooner rather than later, a young star in TY Hilton who is arguably one of the all-around players in the nation (almost lead the nation in all purpose yards), and on-campus stadium that may soon be the home to MLS soccer... need I go on?

If you love FIU as much as you say you do, why don't you get behind this team instead of tearing it down without ONE substantial claim? What, we haven't won anything? We started our football program in 2002 and it was handled poorly until 2007 when Cristobal stepped in! And we were THREE MINUTES from a bowl game one season after we finished the past two years with a comined record of 1-23!

Sorry pal, but the sleeping giant HAS awoken... you're just too bust sipping on UCG's koolaid to see it.

Joey; couldn't of said it better myself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joel; couldn't of said it better myself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hahahahaha "pussycat douche bag"

sorry... i just thought that was hysterical

and true.

Man, so much hate for CrazyCane... and so much by him... I'm starting to think that maybe I should change my name so that my initials don't match with his. :)

Seriously... I think all of the FIU'ers on here shouldn't stoop to his level, no matter what he says. No reason to get into a flame war because someone's looking for attention and/or trying to look like a tough guy behind a keyboard. To paraphrase Ron Burgundy... stay classy, FIU. (I think Pelegrin used that line once.)

Anyway... sure seems like this recruiting class is a strong one, at least on paper... gotta agree with FIUdade, though, regardless if he's a FIU hater or not. I don't think it looks right when fans of schools brag about their recruiting classes when said school hasn't been a winner recently. UM and Notre Dame are probably the two best-known violators of that.

Hell, I don't think it makes sense to brag about recruiting classes even when the program's a winning one. All the stars and rankings that guys like Blustein do are really one massive guessing game. It doesn't mean anything significant... it's just a time-killer during the off-season. As long as FIU brings in the right talent level and has a coaching staff which can make that into wins, it's all good.

I do agree with LB when he says FIU will be the UCLA to Miami's USC. Only a matter of time.

Anyway... I just came back from my little mini-vacation to Miami yesterday and I stopped by the campus to take my first look at the new stadium. Oh. My. God. That place is even sweeter in person. The pics really don't do it justice, even though I took some myself. Hell of a job by all involved. Now, get the beach in there somewhere and it'll be really special!

I love Crazy Cane, I wouldn't have a job if it wasn't for him

This week at UM... Basketball players breaks into home to rob it AND yet another UM student gets arrested for groping girls.

Just another week at "DAHHHHH U".

Wow FIUBlueandGold, so much hate. Why would I want to kill myslef? I love me. You love me. Your mom definelty love me.

Did you all forget a few weeks ago I was actually on here praising FIU, I went to a game, etc. etc. etc.

If you did, I will repeat a little. I think FIU football has come a long way, but they still have a long way to go. It is the FIU fans I cannot stand. You all talk like you are UM, FSU or UF when you are barely Killian or Southridge high School. You all are the reason I come on this blog and rant and rave. Especially when parents of players come on her and talk like their kid is going to be a superstar. I can't stand it. Again, if they were going to be college superstars, they'd be at a big time college football program. Yes, I know TY made a splash this year - lets see what he does now that teams know who he is and prepare properly for him. Lets see if someone - anyone - else can step up? My money is they cant, and TY will get beat up so bad this year he'll transfer faster than you can say "TY...Goodbye"

Wishful thinking......

We are down to 120 hours and counting.. NSD is around the corner. Pete I have one quick idea for you:
Once NSD is done and over, can you post how the rest of the Sunbelt did in their recruiting classes?

I truely hope that we can come out as the Number One Recruiting Class in the Sunbelt. If Baseball can break the Top 20 in the Nation Football should be able to break the Top 50..

Note: The Cane's picked up a "Roach" as one of their recruits.. Ha ha ha..

Great job with all the info!

Got one question:
1) Once NSD has come and gone, can you give us an idea on how FIU did versus the rest of the Sunbelt Conference?

I think if we can get the big guns to sign we can come out with the best recruiting class from the entire conference. Maybe we can get close to breaking the Top 50 in the nation in recruiting classes.

Well guys we are officially down to 96hours and counting..

Austin tottle looks like a kick ass linemen

Ya Austin Tottle looks like a ass kicking linemen...

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