FIU Receives 14 Verbal Commits Total

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Peter Holland Jr./ Contributing Writer


As the Panthers start their season 1-0 with a win against the University of Central Florida, this win going forward could possibly bring more recruits or at least catch their attention. Right now the Panthers have 15 verbal commits in the recruiting class of 2016. Its not surprising some of the commits are from Miami – maybe Assistant Coach Tim Harris Jr. might have something to do it. Right now here are the latest verbal commits of the class of 2016.

Donavan Thompson  Linebacker Miami Central 5’11 211 Miami, Florida

Thompson has the instincts and vision to go down hill and stop the run like a true middle linebacker. He  is also dynamic and fast enough to be a sideline to sideline runner like an outside linebacker. He can create big hits, being that he’s a pure tackler and can get to the football by any means. This three star recruit is getting noticed by other division one school such as University of Arkansas, UM, Oregon State University, and University of South Florida. Right now he’s a future Panther, but it won’t be surprising if he has a change of thought to choose an elite program like Arkansas or Miami.

Matt Kramer Defensive End Lakeland  High 6’4 225

Kramer has the size and strength to be a pass rusher at the next level. This player out of Lakeland can get off blocks and find the football. He can shed off blocks against fullbacks and tackle the tailback after. He has a JJ Watt mentality, where he can either sack you, or create turnovers. In his junior season he finished with 10 sacks, 22.5 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles, and one interception. He has all the tools to be a strong side defensive end or outside linebacker.

Bryan Ditchman Offensive Linemen Lincoln Way-Central. New Lenox, Illinois 6’3 295

Ditchman is be the first FIU commit to come out of Illinois, as all of the verbal commits come from Florida. With the need of depth in the offensive line position, Ditchman has played multiple positions on the offensive line. He has the strength to pancake any d-linemen with his run block skills. He is also light on his feet, so he can fit in in zone blocking schemes. Whether it’s on the left side or right side, he can make an immediate impact right away.

Bryon Brown Defensive Back Miami Norland 6’1 160 Miami, Florida

For some people, he is known as “Lockdown Brown” because of his ability to shutdown any receiver that goes against him. At cornerback, he can play press and get receivers off balance, and can force the ball inside during the run play. Even at 160 pounds, he is not afraid of contact and will tackle an offender that runs the outside. He can also play free safety where he can locate the football and cause turnovers. He has the height to play any secondary position, but might have to gain some weight to play at the next level. Most likely he will be playing corner in college.

Jose Borregales Kicker Booker T. Washington 5’11 180 Miami, Florida

Of course Harris will try to get some of his old players to come play at FIU. Borregales, the starting kicker for Booker T. Washington high school is one those players Coach Harris recommended. Coming from a winning program like Booker T. Borregales , in his junior season kicked  four of his five field goals. His strength comes from kickoff where out of his 79 kickoff attempts, 59 resulted in touchbacks. In terms of points after touchdowns, Borregales connected 66-71. His range can go as far 50 yards. He is also a punter where  he averaged  35.7 per punt.

Isaiah Hill Athlete  Florida High School 6’0 185 Tallahassee, Florida

Name a skilled position, Hill probably already played it. Hill is a natural athlete and can be put anywhere and play at a high level. He started mostly at free safety where he is used as box player. He is a pure tackler and will be used as a late force if the front seven can’t make a play. On offense, he played quarterback. With the ball in his hand, he can make plays after contact or use his strong arm to throw touchdowns.

Here are the rest of the verbal commits in the class of 2016:

Jadarius Byrd  Cornerback Ed White High School 5’10 167 Jacksonville, Florida.

Jawon Hamilton Running back South Dade  5’9 185 Homestead, Florida

Isaiah Brown Cornerback Tampa Bay Technical  6’1 160 Tampa, Florida

Shakur Cooper Defensive End/Outside Linebacker Coral Gables High School 6’0 200 Coral Gables, Florida

Hunter Orem Quarterback Lakeland High School 6’1 186 Lake Gibson,Florida.

Dallas Connell Offensive Line  First Coast High School 6’3 275 Jacksonville, Florida

Doug Connell Offensive Line First Coast High School  6’3 270 Jacksonville, Florida

Ulice Gillard Wide Receiver Lake Nona 6’0 190 Orlando, Florida

Darrius Scott Wide Receiver Booker T Washington 5’10 175 Miami, Florida

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