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FIU football recruiting: 2017 National Signing Day results

Butch Davis gives FIU their best recruiting class since 2012

Florida Atlantic v Florida International Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images

For the first time in five years FIU’s recruiting class has finished in the top 80 as Butch Davis has signed the 77th best class nationally and third best class in Conference USA.

Some were skeptical of whether Butch Davis would be in over his head on the recruiting trail with his last college coaching gig being seven years ago at North Carolina.

Boy were they wrong.

Florida International 2017 Signing Class

Pos Name HT WT Hometown 247 Composite Status
Pos Name HT WT Hometown 247 Composite Status
WR Shimoore Stern 6-5 205 Hollywood, FL 3 Star 6/13/2016
OG Mike Crespo 6-3 320 Miami, FL 3 Star 12/19/2016
ATH Noah Curtis 6-6 225 Delray Beach, FL 3 Star 1/21/2017
OG Willa Pierre 6-3 288 Miami, FL 3 Star 12/19/2016
OLB Brandon James 6-2 200 Miami, FL 3 Star 8/2/2016
DT Rashad Colson 6-5 295 Miami, FL 3 Star 1/17/2017
ILB Cornell Jones 6-2 225 Miami, FL 3 Star 12/5/2016
DE Kevin Oliver 6-4 255 Fort Lauderdale, FL 3 Star 12/17/2016
CB Richard Dames 5-11 166 Miami, FL 2 Star 6/26/2016
OLB Romelo Brooks 6-0 210 Miami, FL 2 Star 7/29/2016
ATH DeAndre Williams 6-0 166 Miami, FL 2 Star 6/23/2016
QB Kaylan Wiggins 6-3 200 Sanford, FL 2 Star 12/9/2016
OLB Robert McWilliams 6-3 195 Miami, FL 2 Star 1/17/2017
DE Frendy Darelus 6-5 220 Fort Lauderdale, FL 2 Star 12/18/2016
ILB Terry Straughter 6-0 200 Opa Locka, FL 2 Star 10/14/2016
FB Hunter Moreno 6-2 225 Miami, FL 2 Star 6/23/2016
ATH Shemar Thornton 6-0 170 Hallandale, FL 2 Star 10/14/2016
RB D'Vonte Pierce 6-2 195 Punta Gorde, FL 2 Star 12/14/2016
CB Rishard Dames 5-10 153 Miami, FL 2 Star 6/26/2016
OG Mershawn Miller 6-2 324 Miami, FL 2 Star 6/20/2016
OT Deondre Chambers 6-2 270 Hollywood, FL 2 Star 6/24/2016
DE Tevin Jones 6-3 210 Miami, FL N/A 10/19/2016
DT Dereck Boles 6-2 294 Coffeyville, KS (JUCO) N/A 1/21/2017
OG Cody Bowers 6-4 280 Miami, FL 3 Star 1/31/2017
OLB Jamal Gates 6-2 215 Palm Beach Gardens, FL 3 Star 1/29/2017
CB Raheme Fuller 6-3 180 Fort Lauderdale, FL 3 Star 1/28/2017
WR Jacob White 5-11 162 Punta Gorde, FL 2 Star 2/1/2017
ATH Dorian Hall 6-4 200 Hollywood, FL 3 Star 2/1/2017
Per 247 Sports

FIU cleaned up the south Florida region, specifically in the hometown of Miami as the Panthers was able to land 13 players from their backyard of Miami.

The class is headlined by three star athlete Dorian Hall as Hall figures to be an immediate contributor for the Panthers given his 6’4 stature and should be an excellent wide receiver at the next level.

Offensive lineman Cody Bowes is another player who should vie for immediate playing time for FIU. Both Bowes and Hall rank among the 150 best players in the Sunshine State.

For FIU the future of the football program is in good hands as the Panthers haven’t seen a wealth of talent at this level since Mario Cristobal was the head coach.

Rival FAU may have finished with the best class in C-USA but the Panthers aren’t too far behind. This class should pay huge dividends for Butch Davis going forward as he was able to become a huge player on the recruiting trail for 2017 in a short amount of time.