If you're looking for in-depth analysis on this recruiting class, I'll tell you what others say. I haven't seen any of these players play. Some of these services have or talk to loads of scouts who have.
But the recruiting services and the scouts share my darkness when it comes to certainty about details: the fast guys might not like contact or have manos de piedra (and not like Roberto Duran); the big guys might not be that mobile; what's their work ethic, how coachable are they, weill theywell they'll adjust to being away from home, having a college girlfriend, etc.
Check it out: Scout.com ranks Texas as the No. 1 recruiting class. Naw! Really? If the recruiting rankings were archer accurate, Texas wouldn't have gone 36 years and a massive social change -- last national champion without a black player to winning the next one with a superstar black quarterback -- between national championships. Every year, a recruit gets bumped another star or two because a Texas or a Notre Dame or an Alabama's looking at him. Then, they sign him and the rating their pursuit brought is used to laud the signing.
Not saying they're never accurate. Just take it all with a grain of salt.
But, here's what the recruiting services say.
Both Rivals and Scout rank FIU's class second in the Sun Belt behind Arkansas State. Well, take that back -- Rivals says FIU's third behind Western Kentucky despite having 19 three-star recruits to Western's seven and having a higher average stars-per-recruit. To quote Buffy Summers, "Your logic does not resemble our Earth logic." Perhaps some circuits got blown in their Signing Day-gasm.
Scout has FIU No. 82 overall in the country with four three-star recruits, led by 6-3, 300-pound defensive tackle Darrian Dyson, one of two defensive linemen FIU got from New Orleans Edna Karr High. ESPN says FIU has eight three-star signees, topped by Fort Meade linebacker Jamie Willis, who ESPN ranks a whiff short of four-star status. Rivals.com agrees with Scout, that Dyson is FIU's highest rated recruit. All the services seem to like speedy Miami Jackson wide receiver DeAndre Jasper.
FIU signed Krop defensive back/wide receiver Johnnie Durante, who they'll try first on offense and Southridge defensive back Jeremiah McKinnon. With E.J. Hilliard, Northwestern quarterback, already enrolled, that's three First-Team 8A-6A All-Dade players. Again, don't know how they'll be in college, but there's a long list of automatic qualifier BCS conference schools who would love to have three First Team All-County players from Dade, Broward or Palm Beach.
Here's FIU's 2012 football recruiting class so far:
Bryan Attaway, TE/DE, Kingsland (Ga.) Camden County High
Chris Ayres, P, Hollywood South Broward
Fadol Brown, DE, Charlotte North Carolina Tech
Lamarq Caldwell, RB, Tampa Bay Tech
Marques Cheeks, DE, New Orleans Walker
Davison Colimon, DB, Riviera Beach Suncoast. He won the Class 2A state title in the 110-meter high hurdles.
Denzel Conyers, DB, Gulfport Boca Ciega.
Jordan Davis, S, Tampa Alonso
Johnnie Durante, WR/DB, Krop
Darrian Dyson, DT, New Orleans Edna Karr
Nick England, WR, Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hill High
Josh Glanton, LB, Haines City
E.J. Hilliard, QB, Northwestern
Raymond Jackson, WR, New Orleans Walker
De'Andre Jasper, WR, Jackson
Patrick Jean, LB, Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast
Adrian Jenkins, WR, Tampa Jefferson
Dieugot Joseph, DE, Orlango Freedom.
Jeremiah McKinnon, CB, Southridge
Leroy Owens, LB, Palatka High
Trenton Saunders, OT, North Palm Beach Benjamin
Edens Sineace, OT, Wellington Palm Beach Central
Jeremy Smith, WR, Pembroke Pines Flanagan
Delmar Taylor, OL, Navarro JC
Favian Upshaw, QB, Titusville Astronaut
Michael Wakefield, DE, Valdosta (Ga.) High
Leonard Washington, DE, New Orleans Edna Karr
Jamie Willis, LB, Haines City High
Deonte Wilson, CB, Daytona Beach Mainland
Jazmin Jones from Gig Harbor (Washington) High has signed with FIU.