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Soccer signings; football staff turnover

FIU men's soccer officially signed Boca Raton High midfielder Nico Midttun, who played club soccer with Weston FC, and German backliner Marvin Hezel this weekend.

Midttun committed to FIU last summer. A four-time All-State selection at Boca, he also played in his native Ecuador during summers and spent last summer there playing for a professional club team on a tryout basis.

Hezel comes out of the SC Frieburg academy and might be a replacement for graduating stellar defender Anthony Hobbs.

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FIU hosted several official visits this weekend, including Belen defensive back Xavier Hines. New head coach Ron Turner's reached out to tight end commits Jonathan Pavlov from North Palm Beach Benjamin and Ocala West Port's Jonnu Smith.

Meanwhile,  only special teams coordinator/secondary coach Jeff Popovich and running backs coach Apollo Wright remain from Mario Cristobal's staff. Outside linebackers coach Juan Navarro, defensive line coach Cedric Calhoun and tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator Dennis Smith have been jettisoned.

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