FIU had just four signees from its fertile home recruiting grounds of Miami-Dade County on National Signing Day.
The Panthers added one more on Friday night as three-star Southridge wide receiver Freddie Pinder signed late with coach Ron Turner and FIU.
"I'm truly thankful and blessed for this opportunity," Pinder tweeted. "I would like to say thank you to FIU Panthers coach Ron Turner for giving me an opportunity to attend college, to further my education and to play football here in my backyard."
Pinder told the Herald that FIU started recruiting him harder than any other school after Signing Day.
Turner welcomed the newest FIU Panther with this tweet.
Pinder is an elite possession receiver at 6-4. He was rated as high as four stars as a junior.
"Coach Turner is a great coach. He has experience at the next level and knows what it takes to get there," Pinder said to the Herald. "FIU is an amazing place. It's close to home and the team is full of great players."
Marshall and Temple were other schools Pinder was known to be looking at as of Signing Day. The junior college route was also thought to be possible for Pinder as Signing Day approached, according to coaches close to him -- a notion Pinder refuted on social media once reports were publicized.