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FIU Football: Early Signing Day Recap

15 new signees put their names on the dotted line to become Panthers in 2020.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 23 Miami at FIU Photo by Samuel Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

As the FIU Panthers make their way to Montgomery for the Camellia Bowl, the week will be marked by bowl practices and the first day that recruits can sign their letter of intent. Wednesday's early signing day ushered in the first batch of players for the 2020 recruiting class.

FIU had 15 players announce their commitment today, which is in line with the projections of between 14-18 players that the staff anticipated would make their decisions in time for the December signing period.

The early class consists of five offensive linemen, three defensive linemen, two wide receivers, with a quarterback, running back and tight end filling out the group.

Head coach Butch Davis noted the need across the offensive line.

“Every recruiting class always has an area of importance and this year that was the offensive line,” Davis said. “We had four guys graduate last year who played an enormous amount of time for us and we needed to bring in players who would compete for starting jobs and help us build depth.”

Expect between 3-5 spots to be held open for JUCO, graduate transfers, or late transfers from other programs when the January signing period approaches.

Additionally, McArthur safety Jerrold Pough is anticipated to be signing during the January period.

The Panthers class currently consists of the 15 signed today, but expect a couple of names to be added to the class in the coming weeks.

As of right now, the 2020 class is ranked third in Conference USA according to 247 sports.

Of the 15, nine are from the three-county area that make up South Florida (Palm Beach, Broward, Dade), which is expected to be of particular emphasis for this year’s class.

Here are the players who signed on Wednesday and their film.


Jose Mirabal

Guard/Tackle, 6-4, 285

South Dade HS (Homestead, FL)

247 Ranking: 3-star

Kejon Owens

Running Back, 5-9, 175

Central HS (Miami, FL)

247 Ranking: 3-star

Xavier McGriff

Wide Receiver, 6-2, 185

Baldwin HS (Jacksonville, FL)

247 Ranking: 3-star

Haden Carlson

Quarterback, 6-3, 195

Steinbrenner HS (Tampa, FL)

247 Ranking: 3-star

Jahmari Sylvester

Guard, 6-4, 300

St. Thomas Aquinas HS (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

247 Ranking: 3-star

Theodore “Teddy” Richardson

Wide Receiver 5-11, 185

Booker T. Washington HS (Miami, FL)

247 Ranking: 3-star

Tamarick Best

Defensive End, 6-1, 225

Pahokee HS (Pahokee, FL)

247 Ranking: 3-star

Andrew Volmar

Safety, 6-2, 170

American Heritage HS (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

247 Ranking: 3-star

Shykieim Gloster

Defensive End, 6-3, 215

Monsignor Pace HS (Opa Locka, FL)

247 Ranking: 3-star

Bobby Washington

Defensive Tackle, 5-10, 305

St. Thomas Aquinas HS (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

247 Ranking: 3-star

Rivaldo Fairweather

Tight End, 6-5, 210

Boyd Anderson HS (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

247 Ranking: 3-star

Miles Fraizer

Tackle, 6-7, 300

Woodrow Wilson HS (Camden, NJ)

247 Ranking: 2-star

Maljon Joor

Tackle, 6-5, 325

Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. (Jackson, MS)

247 Ranking: 3-star

Kameren Williams

Tackle, 6-5, 285

Trinity Valley C.C. (Athens, TX)

247 Ranking: N/A