I'm here in Los Angeles covering the Heat, the second time in three years I've been elsewhere on National Signing Day. Just as when I was at the Super Bowl during Signing Day two years ago, I'll provide updates on here on the blog as best I can and, at the end of the day, what analysis I can.
The classes that helped give this football program its brightest days didn't come very heralded. Meanwhile, there's not much left of the highest ranking class, 2012. FIU coach Ron Turner insisted during the fall they were getting their first choice recruits. Turner lost some of those young men. Down the line, that might be a big break for FIU considering the academic troubles of some of their highest ranked recruits over the years.
Anyway, I'll try to keep a running total here as best I can while doing the Heat-Clippers thing throughout the day. Updates under Stevie...
Signees having been announced by FIU, Tweeted their signing or messaged me:
Hialeah defensive back Nick Gonzalez, 6-0, 180. Gonzalez was unrated by any of the services until Rivals.com gave him a two-star rating after his FIU commit. He made some big plays as a wide receiver and if I remember that district correctly, that's not always easy with the speed on the defensive side of the ball.
Oviedo Hagerty offensive lineman Breht Joly, 6-4, 305.
Jacksonville Fletcher quarterback/punter Luke Medlock, 6-2, 200. Adds to the quarterback battle and I'll wager he's the best punter on the roster already.
Hollywood Hills defensive lineman Josh Deuyour, 6-9, 305
Miami Springs cornerback Bobby Stinson, 5-11, 155
Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas offensive tackle Kai Absheer 6-5, 310
Jacksonville Raines running back Alex Gardner, 5-10, 185
Frostproof wide receiver Jarviel Hart, 5-10, 160
Pembroke Pines Flanagan defensive back Mark Bruno, 5-10, 165
Tampa Bay Tech linebacker Fred Russ, 5-10, 235
Plantation American Heritage defensive tackle Justin Sibole, 6-4, 275. This one wasn't certain until today. Rated at three stars by ESPN, two stars by 247sports.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com.
Northwestern defensive back Shemarke Spence, 5-9, 175
Tampa Sickles tight end/wide receiver Chett LeVay 6-3, 190
St. Petersburg Admiral Farragut Academy running back/wide receiver Napoleon Maxwell, 6-0, 190
Hialeah Jermaine Sheriff. FIU says defensive back, but he played defensive end and linebacker in high school. 6-2, 225. I don't see him getting any smaller, so that's either an outside linebacker or one lay-the-big-wood safety.
Plant City defensive end John Broome, 6-2, 225
Kingsland (Ga.) Camden County defensive end Anthony Johnson, 6-3, 235
Booker T. Washington offensive lineman Jordan Ingraham, 6-2, 315
Carol City defensive back Tyree Johnson, 5-8, 165
Homestead linebacker Anthony Wint, 6-0, 210
Orlando The First Academy offensive lineman Chris Miller, 6-4, 310
Delray Beach Atlantic wide receiver Thomas Owens, 6-1, 180
Orlando Oak Ridge offensive tackle DaQuane Willkie, 6-4, 250. One of the best offensive tackles in the middle of the state. He's only going to get bigger and longer. If he's got feet, he'll be impressive.
Fort Lauderdale Dillard wide receiver Dennis Turner, 5-11, 180. A big play receiver who averaged over 20 yards per catch over his last two years of high school, catching passes from early enrollee Bud Martin.