Of course, that being all-world linebacker Larvez "Pooh Bear" Mars, who is between FIU and Iowa State.
Traded text messages with Mars today to thank him for the interview (he checked out the GPP) and to see if there was anything new as we're about T-minus 32 hours before National Letters of Intents can start bursting out of the FIU fax machines.
The word from Mars is "I'm getting closer" to making a decision. Pooh Bear has not donned his choice of college cap yet, but it could be as early as Tuesday or it may be decided on Wednesday morning.
As soon as we know of a decision, will have it on here.
The GPP plan for Wednesday is to visit a couple of high schools where future FIU players sign on the dotted line and then camp out at FIU the rest of the day and provide you good people with updates on signings all day Wednesday.
As far as Monday's FIU recruiting trail, the Panthers might be adding 6-4, 315-pound offensive lineman Chris De Armas to the NSD list. De Armas, a former USF recruit, played at El Camino JUCO last season and played his high school ball at Miami Southwest High. Should he join FIU, he would start his Panther career as a sophomore. Nothing solid on this yet, but if and when it happens will have it on here for you.
FIUPantherFan: Pete, Can you update us on the injury situation in Men's BBall?
PP: Spoke with SR after Saturday's game and Freddy Asprilla is "week to week" with a herniated disc in his back. SR said J.C. Otero is a "long, long ways away". Everyone else is playing.
PP: The hoops team has Mick Smith, who worked in the NBA, to run their strength and conditioning program. Even SR said before the season that he felt his team was in the best shape ever this year. You can't control injuries.
Gooch7: Pete are you going to give us a list of all the 20+ 2009 recruits (Including Mr. Mars) and some of their highlights? Any word on the USC Transfers that were thinking about coming to the 305, and play for the Golden Panthers? Stadium Talk: Now that they are done with Phase I and working on Phase II, what will we see by 2009 Season kick off, and 2010 Season kick off?
PP: Plan on setting up camp at FIU on Wednesday, so as soon as the players sign will have it on here. Doesn't look like any USC guys are headed this way. 2009 kickoff will have the fieldhouse and 6 meeting rooms/extra suites done. The north side is expected for 2011, but of course all this can change in a hurry in a couple of weeks if FIU Stadium gets Miami MLS.
CJ: Pete any word on the recruiting visits this weekend?
PP: The NW boys were at FIU so was Deerfield Beach DB Adrian Witty and Edgar Theliar.
CrazyCane: You all (the GPP posters) are sheep. You would follow PP if he lead right into the depths of hell.So, why is FIU and Iowa State his only two choices Pete? Did schools like UF, FSU, Alabama, Miami, USC, Clemson, Tennessee, etc etc even recruit Mr. Pooh Bear? Please let us know.
PP: Crazy, relax man. No GPP readers and no sheep are going to the depths of hell here. Get yourself to another FIU game like you did last year with your dad and brother and get everyone in the family to wear FIU gear again like you did last November. Play some Sunday morning softball to take the edge off or buy a Golden Dazzlers calendar to brighten up the home or office.
Pooh Bear had choices of FIU, Iowa State, Cincinnati, Kentucky, South Florida, Central Florida, and Alabama-Birmingham. He has narrowed down that list to FIU and Iowa State. As one of the top high school linebackers in the nation, I'm sure Mars got looks from top programs like UF, FSU, Alabama, USC, Clemson and Tennessee.
You know Pooh Bear may have a planetary last name, but he also reaches readers worldwide. In our last poll question: "If Pooh Bear joins FIU, would it be the best recruiting class ever in the 7-year history of FIU football", we had a record 1-day turnout of voters (140) and we reached 2 new places on the globe along with places as far as France, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates and Serbia.
Our two newest GPP readers hail from Ennis, Montana (voted definitely, yes FIU would have best recruit class ever) and Mexico City, Mexico (voted maybe, will still have to see them play in 2009). Poll is still open.
The GPP is now read in: 43 STATES: ALA, ARI, ARK, CA, COL, CT, DEL, FLA, GA, HI, IDAHO, IL, IND, IOWA, KAN, KY, LA, MASS, MD, MICH, MIN, MISS, MISSOURI, MONTANA, NEB, NEV, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OK, ORE, PA, RI, SC, TEN, TEX, UTAH, VA, VER, WASH, WEST VA., WISC.
28 COUNTRIES: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, France, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, 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.