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Florida International 2016 Recruiting Review

In what was slated to be a down class, Ron Turner and the Golden Panthers went for quantity with their recruiting while signing 24 players.

Junior Alex Gardner will have company next year, as the Panthers signed two running backs to their 2016 signing class.
Junior Alex Gardner will have company next year, as the Panthers signed two running backs to their 2016 signing class.
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When the dust cleared on Florida International's 2016 signing class, head coach Ron Turner's staff had brought in 20 players during National Signing Day alone.

After decommits from several important prospects sent the class spiraling to the lower half of the Conference USA, FIU opted to make sure to sign their remaining recruits listed and a few more.

Running back D'angelo Ware and quarterback Malik Tyson were both signed after not being listed initially by, 247sports or Rivals as commits. Tyson, a 6-foot, 170 pound dual threat quarterback whose only other reported offer was from Alcorn State, will probably redshirt to save a year of eligibility while Alex McGough continues his role as starting quarterback.

Tyson will have company in Hunter Orem, a 6-foot-1.5, 187 pound pro-style quarterback out of Lakeland, FL. Both will have a chance to compete when McGough graduates in two years.

Ware received offers from FIU, Troy, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Southern and New Hampshire before signing with the Panthers. A 5-foot-8 185 pound back out of Moore Haven, FL, Ware will probably redshirt as well to add weight to his frame and adjust to the college game.

Anthony Gaiter can make a case for himself as the best offensive player of Ron Turner's class this year. A 5-foot-10 160 pound wide receiver from Westminster Christian in Miami, Gaiter ranks as the 240th best receiver in his class. While at Westminster he played on both sides of the ball, showing off both his skills on the ball and speed.

As the lone defensive tackle recruited this year, Andrew Tarver will bring youth into a unit that will graduate five players within the next few years. The 6-1, 301 pound tackle has a chance of competing for early playing time come fall.

Shakur Cooper looks like one of the most enticing prospects on defense. Playing both defensive end and linebacker with Coral Gables High, Cooper used his speed to get to the quarterback and wreak havoc. If he develops under the veterans at linebacker, Cooper could be a dynamic defender in C-USA.

What became the 104th best class in the nation and eighth-best in C-USA will need to prove to outsiders that Turner found a few diamonds in the rough. Otherwise, it's another missed year for FIU

The rest of the signing class is listed below, courtesy of