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Flaig, McCollum, Durante (The Younger) all commit; at Troy now at 1 p.m.

Hearing FIU's got a verbal commit from Vero Beach offensive lineman Chris Flaig, a 6-5, 300-pounder under pursuit by a few other Florida schools and, reportedly, was visited by University of Miami offensive line coach Art Kehoe. Flaig plays tackle, but also can do long snapping. He's rated at two stars by both Scout.com and Rivals.com.

6-0 North Miami High cornerback Troy McCollum verbally committed to FIU Wednesday afternoon over a long list of suitors. Scout.com lists him as a two-star recruit, while Rivals.com and ESPN have him as a three-star recruit.

"The facilities are great, new dorms and the assistant coaches where down to earth. There's a family atmosphere," said McCollum, who says he plans to major in engineering or sports exercise.

Asked to expand upon the coaches being "down to earth," he said, "They joke around with you and are cool with you. They don't act like they scared to talk to you."

McCollum said he knows current FIU defensive back Junior Mertile, freshmen wide receiver De'Andre Jasper and Johnnie Durante. 

Speaking of Durante, his younger brother, Krop sophomore Jovon Durante, has made a very early verbal committment to FIU for 2015. The talk on the younger Durante, a defensive back and wide receiver like his brother was at Krop, is he might be one of the top 10 players in the state by his senior year. Nothing's certain, of course, but his older brother was a First Team All-Dade large school selection last year. Jovan's got a little bit of giddyup -- as a freshman this spring he made the Class 4A state final in the 200 meters.



FIU's road game Oct. 20 against Troy is now a 1 p.m. Eastern time game to be shown on the Sun Belt Network (Comcast Sports Southeast).


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Great pickups for FIU. And great compliments for our coaching staff.


Clearly on the rise. "Visited by Art Kehoe", nice rumor. Only offers: E. Michigan, Georgia State, Holy Cross, Memphis, FAU. McCollum's best offer is maybe Ole Miss? Good to welcome your new players, but let's be a tad bit realistic here. Stars they are not.

come on now miacane86... maybe we should be realistic about where the um football program stands as of today.

Miacane, the Kehoe visit was reported by Canesinsider on May 20. No offer was extended, nor did I say one was. I gave you McCollum's ratings by the various recriting hounds. Their ratings, not mine. All I can tell you about him is he sounded like a kid with a good head on his shoulders. I don't presume to know who'll be a star and who won't. Nor should you. T.Y. Hilton was, what, a two-star recruit? And FIU's two four-star recruits are Pooh Bear Mars (gone) and Willis Wright (1 start, 12 catches in two years).

Another nice DB pickup, along with Rivals and 247Sports 3-star DB from Belen Jesuit, Xavier Hines. Thanks for the info, DJN!

Panthers on the Rise!

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