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Leonard, Maxey enroll at FIU

The Golden Panthers are simply on a roll.

In the last few days, FIU has earned commitments from offensive lineman Prince Matt (Bradenton Manatee) and Elijah Maxey (Jacksonville Raines) -- and got back a familiar name: former Killian standout Richard Leonard.

Leonard had signed with the Panthers last year, but didn't qualify academically. He has since made the necessary grades, and is enrolled in classes.

Maxey, a three-star recruit, is on campus too, having graduated early. He picked FIU despite offers from Duke and Illinois, and interest from Ohio State and Georgia Tech.

Both Maxey and Leonard are now part of the team and can participate in spring practice, even though they are considered part of the Class of 2011.

Matt, however, cannot. He's set to sign his letter of intent next week, and join the team with rest of the freshmen in the fall. FIU coaches got an up-close look at the 6-foot-4, 260-pound guard when Manatee lost at St. Thomas Aquinas in the Class 5A semifinals last month.

With Leonard and Maxey on board, that gives FIU nine three-star recruits, the most in the Sun Belt and just one fewer than the University of Miami, which also has a four-star recruit in Anthony Chickillo.


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