The FIU D landed 2 more commits with DB/S Terrance Taylor (Archbishop Carroll) and DE Joshua Forney (South Holland Marian Catholic) saying they want to be Golden Panthers. These are the commits, gpantera asked about.
Taylor, who was a former Rutgers commit, had 93 tackles last season with 3 INTs and forced and recovered 3 fumbles on his way to being named 1st team All-Dade. At 6-0, 183, TT has good size for a DB and even for a safety.
Forney is a 6-2, 237-pound rusher at DE. Along with earlier commit Thatcher Starling, JF gives FIU a pair of bookend rushers with some size.
The TT commit gives FIU 5 DBs in this year's class, which playing in the spread-heavy Sun Belt you can never have enough DBs.
The JF commit gives FIU 4 DE/DL in this year's class and as we saw last season by the lack of pass rush, the Golden Panthers could use as many DE/DL they can get their hands on.
We'll wrap up the FIU Recruiting Prowl on the next post with a look at the offensive line. Still have 23 days until National Signing Day, but give the 2009 FIU recruiting class a grade so far below the Pawse.
Congrats to FIU center Freddy Asprilla for being named the Sun Belt Player of the Week on Monday for last week dropping in 21 points and 7 rebounds against Western Kentucky and then 28 points and 10 rebounds against Middle Tennessee.
mra: Just wondering, Pete, how do you see this team doing in the SBC Tournament?
GPP: The most important player still missing -- and this is no disrespect to the others -- is point guard Josue Soto (left). This is especially true when other teams throw the full court press at FIU. With Soto, you would imagine FIU would have an easier time breaking the press -- which has been its bug-a-boo the last 2-3 years. Soto -- who transferred from Florida State and is out with a fractured thumb -- is not expected back until late February, early March right around Sun Belt tourney time. With Soto back and everyone else relatively healthy I could see FIU getting to the Sun Belt semis. Without, it can be 1 and done or possibly beat Florida Atlantic in the first round and then done.
FIU Fanatic: Pete, did FIU get to sign in hoops any of the two early commitments we had?...Terrance Beasley from Tallahasse, and the guy from Olympia HS in Orlando?
GPP: Looking into that.
FIUFP&L: I just read on Rivals.com that FIU landed Nico Flores as of yesterday!!! Can you confirm this Pete??? I know nothing is set....but IF we do get all the verbal commits to actually sign... how would u rate this class? Best class we have ever had? What's the info on Markeith Russell?
GPP: Not true, yet. It's looking like a signing day decision for NF.
As far as ranking this year's class -- that's a tough one, considering last year's class brought Goodbye, plus a bunch of defensive talent that redshirted or needed a season to get bigger. If this class has more than one Goodbye then that's an easy answer. Just like they do in the NFL Draft, we're going to have to wait and see how this class does on the field. The 2009 FIU class certainly has a great chance to be the best in program history considering just the early enrollees like Wesley Carroll, Thatcher Starling and Jack Griffin.
Markeith Russell made the Miami Herald's All-Dade team as a linebacker, but played running back too at North Miami Beach scoring 9 TDs. FIU is going to play him at LB. He's quick and is a solid tackler.
GPP: Yes, TW is an FIU commit. He will line up at DE.
FIUSuperFan: Pete what do you know about former USC WR, Vidal Hazelton coming to FIU?
GPP: FIUSF, Hazelton has not decided where he's going after USC, but I do know FIU is recruiting him hard. He's from New York and supposedly he wants to go close to home, because of some family issue. Does he think FIU is close enough to NYC? We shall see.