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FIU recruiting update, Larry Blustein interview

(BEFORE YOU WATCH - Please be kind on the quality of the video, still learning on this dinosaur of a camera I have. A few notes before you watch. The video is a little long at 7:44, but I felt Larry made some good points and I did not want to take them out. Wait till the end when Larry talks about Northwestern WR Rhymes and the work Cristobal has done in recruiting the Bulls. Just in case you have trouble playing the video on the blog, click here.)

Recruiting update

Like I promised on Wednesday, I met with Miami Herald recruiting guru Larry Blustein at the Dade vs. Broward All-star game at Traz Powell Stadium, Friday night to talk about local recruits and how the 2011 class is sizing up for FIU.

Larry was quick to point out that it is still early in the process and that decisions could change G19 FHSAA MHS ADDquickly on some of the top recruits in South Florida. Blustein is optimistic that FIU will be able to land a few "big" recruits this year but how many is still unknown.

Larry said he has gotten a nice response from FIU fans on the column he wrote a few weeks back on FIU and wanted to thank those who wrote emails.

Some of the players Larry thinks might end up at FIU:

QB Rakeem Cato (right, photo Al Diaz, Miami Herald staff) 6-0, 175, Central, Blustein feels there is still a chance, if slim, that Cato picks FIU over Marshall. It's been reported that Cato has already verbally committed to Marshall, but Blustein still think there might be a last minute change of heart.

Adade09 11 MHS CM Blustein was quick to praise the work coach Mario Cristobal and his staff have done luring a large group of verbal commitments from Northwestern. LB Lyndon Edwards, 6-1, 195; OL Everett Slocumb, 6-4, 265; WR Dominique Rhymes (left, preparing to catch a pass against Central at FIU Stadium, photo Charles Mostoller, Miami Herald Staff), 6-3, 205, WR Clinton Taylor, 5-8, 165. Have all verbally committed to FIU and should sign letters of intent on National Signing Day (Wed., Feb. 2)

Blustein feels Rhymes is a solid wide receiver that might move over to tight end in the future. Blustein said that Rhymes will create defensive problems for any Sun Belt team that has to face him. (Blustein spends a good two minutes talking about Rhymes late in the video.)

In Broward and Palm Beach, Blustein feels FIU could potentially get Boyd Anderson DB Corey Tindal (right, photo Jim Rassol, Sun Sentinel) (5-10, 165) and Delray Atlantic WR Ezekiel Turner, (5-10, 170). Fl FL br foot well 1119e

Tindal would be a nice player for FIU to get, helping to fill a void in the defensive back field left by the departure of  Anthony Gaitor.

Turner and Northwestern WRs Rhymes and Taylor could only add depth to an already stacked receiver core, that will need some help getting over losing T.Y. Hilton in 2012.

From around Florida

RB Shane Coleman, 5-8, 180, Green Cove Springs Clay

TE/DE Ya'keem Griner (6-3.5, 200, Starke Bradford County

DE Cody Horstman, 6-3, 231, Vero Beach

DB T.J. Lowder, 5-11, 175, Panama City Bay

TE Aaron Nielson 6-4, 220, Orlando Freedom

OL Richie Reay, 6-5, 255, Tampa Robinson

S, Luis Rosado, 6-2, 205, Gainesville.



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What the f*ck kind of "update" is that?!

Talk to the coach, talk to the recruiting coordinator, TALK TO THE RECRUITS!

If we cared what Miami Herald's high school beat writer thought we would read his blog.

Do your f*cking job.

nice work Justin

Thanks for the update Justin - Go Panthers!

Good stuff. That's what we were looking for Justin. Just need more of it.

Coaches are not allowed to comment on recruits until they sign their letters of intent. FIU already has 2 quarterbacks committed (Dylan Warner and Loranzo Hammonds) They also have a former Missouri transfer QB (Blaine Dalton) enrolled. So I don't see Cato coming here.

I'm hoping we can still land Corey Tindal. This is an impact player who can help right away at cornerback. But what's going on at the offensive line and defensive tackle positions? Everett Slocum is no longer a commit. Richie Reay is our only offensive line commit and he didn't play varsity football until his senior year. Where's the beef?

Great work Justin, thanks

nice interview, I agree with Southpaw, we need lineman.

I have to say that this was actually a very good job with a little update on our 2011 Recruiting Class. I realize its almost impossible to get a concrete answer about some of this kids that change their mind more then their own underwears.. Not bad! Keep it up.

ARE WE GOING TO SEE A "PART II" RECRUITING BLOG.. Justin/Adam I think you guys can one more update on our 2011 class some time next week.. Maybe more info will come out after the long weekend..


@Gooch, There will be several more recruiting updates before Feb. 2.

Im going to MARSHALL!!!

Rivals 120
FSU - 16
UCF - 24
UF - 35
USF - 39
UM - 45
FIU - 70

Players in Rivals 2010 All-Bowl Team
FSU - 1
UCF - 1
UF - 1
USF - 1
UM - 0
FIU - 1

The University of Miami is a private school idiot.

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