Had a chance to reach Mars on Saturday and without the aid of any rocket ship, instead a handy-dandy cell phone did the trick. (OK, no more Mars the planet references, after all LM prefers the "Pooh Bear" nickname as you will find out when you read on).
After talking to the linebacker, told Pooh Bear he can check out his interview on the GPP.
PP: Should you choose FIU on Wednesday, do you know that you would be the 1st 4-star recruit at FIU and that's including former FIU linebacker Antwan Barnes, who now plays for the Baltimore Ravens. What do you think of that?
LM: That would mean a lot to me. I could be the face of the FIU program and I would carry that weight. I like being able to the carry the weight for a team. I've never been afraid of that. At Apopka, I was the face of our defense there and I enjoyed that. It got to a point at Apopka that other teams would run the ball away from me, because they knew I would bring them down if they ran it at me.
* Here is the Mars highlight tape, in case you didn't know how good a defender the kid is: Pooh Bear Knows Tackles
PP: Tell me about your visit to FIU two weeks ago?
LM: The campus is great. The coaches are great and they have some strong academic programs. I want to major in business and real estate, because I like making money. [FIU defensive back and former Apopka teammate] Derrick Clark told me FIU is really great and he likes it a lot, especially because it's not too far from home. My mom went on the visit and she wanted me to commit to FIU right there on the spot. I fell in love with FIU right there. Everything you need is right there on campus.
PP: So what happened that you didn't commit on the spot?
LM: I wanted to take my time to think about things. I'm the type of person that really likes to go and experience stuff and seeks out new adventures. I'm going to decide at Apopka on the day before signing day or on signing day.
PP: You've narrowed down your choices to FIU and Iowa State. What was it about Iowa State that you liked?
LM: Iowa State was pretty much the same as FIU. I felt at home in both places. Iowa State is on point about their academic plans.
PP: FIU has a pretty good business school. Were they on point about their academic plans when you visited?
LM: Oh, yeah. FIU has some strong academic plans they presented when I visited.
PP: What did you think of the new FIU stadium and the new FIU fieldhouse on your visit?
PP: Where did you get the nickname "Pooh Bear"?
LM: My mom gave it to me when I was little, because when I would roll over my shirt would roll up on my stomach and I looked like Winnie The Pooh.
gpantera: When the fudge does spring ball kick off already?! Pete, When you talk to your Herald internet folks, ask them to add a "Share on Facebook" button on your blog so that we can extend the exposure of this blog to our community of friends and family.
PP: The first spring practice is scheduled for Friday, March 6. Good idea on the facebook deal, will let the MH IT people know about it.
The passionate FIU fans and alumni in the northeastern part of the U.S. are making their votes heard loud and clear on our last poll question about FIU and Rutgers beginning a football series this September. We had 80 first-day votes from there and we had a new state join the GPP Nation.
An FIU fan in Stamford, Connecticut voted that he/she would have wanted a better opponent than Rutgers to replace the Tampa Bulls on the FIU sked. However, that vote selection is in the minority. As of Saturday afternoon, 73.8% of you good people think it is great FIU will be playing in the NY/NJ area against Rutgers; 17.5% of you have no opinion on the matter and 8.8% of you want a better opponent than RU.
Regardless, welcome to Connecticut, the 5th state of the U.S. and now leaving only 8 states in which the GPP is not read in:
The GPP is now read in: 42 STATES: ALA, ARI, ARK, CA, COL, CT, DEL, FLA, GA, HI, IDAHO, IL, IND, IOWA, KAN, KY, LA, MASS, MD, MICH, MIN, MISS, MO, NEB, NEV, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OK, ORE, PA, RI, SC, TEN, TEX, UTAH, VA, VER, WASH, WEST VA., WISC.
27 COUNTRIES: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, France, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Serbia, Spain, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, U.S.A., Venezuela, Vietnam.
1 DISTRICT: Washington, D.C. and 1 TERRITORY: Puerto Rico.
Tell us what you think about the possible addition of Pooh Bear to the 2009 FIU signing class: