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No Nico....Yet

Reading the excitement on the GPP over North Miami Beach QB Nico Flores, I went ahead and called Nmb North Miami Beach coach Jeff Bertani to see if NF commited to FIU today and......he has not....yet. The rivals report is incorrect.

Coach Bertani said Flores and NMB defensive back Kemal Ishmael will visit FIU on Jan. 16 and either that day or shortly after both will announce what schools they will attend. Should they say they want to become Panthers, NF (left) and KI (right) would make 4 NMBers at FIU along with Markeith Russell (middle of photo) and Jonathan Cyprien.

Bertani said NF is down to FIU, Western Michigan and Central Florida. Florida State initially showed interest in NF, but has cooled off.

KI is down to FIU, Western Michigan, West Virginia and Central Florida.

Logo GOLDEN PANTHER PAWSE

CJ: Pete i got an idea for the GPP. have an interview session w/ a few FIU commits after NSD. (preferably the ones that chose FIU over other major programs) what do ya think?

GPP: Good idea. We did it last year with the new Panthers and we'll do it again this year.

Gooch7 & FIUFP&L: I'm starting to lose track of all the recruits that have verbally committed. Pete, would you be able to make a list of names that you think are close to putting the ink on the dotted line?

GPP: No problem. Will have the list after we get through the last of our recruiting series -- the OL. For Bama_2 now, you can check out the list over at fiugoldenpanthers.com.

class09: How many tickets will be available to students for the Alabama, South-Florida, and Florida games?

GPP: Will find out, but usually it's about 3,000 for the visiting team, although for consistently sold out Ts venues like Bama (above, right) and The Swamp, there might be less tickets available.

FIU_Fiji_Falcon: Why is there a Rutgers Football billboard on the I-95 in Ft. Lauderdale? Is that referring to the school in NJ??

GPP: Rutgers has done that for the past several recruiting seasons. They used to have Tony Soprano on the ad as well. Apparently, it doesn't have the effect it used to -- just ask FIU commit Terrance Taylor -- a Rutgers de-commit.

Gppaw Again, nothing like a football poll question to stoke the fires of GPP Nation. We reached all the way out to Dubai, United Arab Emirates with our last question regarding what grade FIU's 2009 recruiting class would receive right now. Our friend in Dubai said an "A". We also reached the plains of Okla_4 Oklahoma with our last question and our new reader there is not too happy about FIU's recruiting class.  Our new Oklahoma friend handed out an "F" for FIU's 2009 class. What an ugly grade from Oklahoma.

Globe_2 GPP WORLDWIDE READERSHIP SCORECARD:

The GPP is now read in: 40 STATES: ALA, ARI, ARK, CA, COL, 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.

It hasn't happened yet, but what kind of an impact would FIU getting Flores and Ishmael from NMB make on this recruiting class?

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