FIU welcomes 24 new signees

Peter Holland Jr./ Staff Writer

Wednesday, Feb. 3 was a busy day for Head Coach Ron Turner and his football program as college prospects got to sign their letter of intent to play at the university of their choosing, Turner brought in a total of 24 signees in the recruiting class of 2016.

Out of the 24 signees, 13 players are on offense and 10 are on defense. 21 players are from the state of Florida and 7 are from South Florida. Four players have already enrolled this semester to participate in football activities.  17 players attended to Turner’s football camp this past summer in Miami, Tampa and Jacksonville. Turner made a brief statement on this year’s recruiting class during his press conference:

“I am very pleased with this year’s class,” said Turner. “I think it’s got a lot of versatility and a lot of good athletes. We had a good number of guys in our camp, so we know them. We hit the positions that we needed and did a really good job on the defensive and offensive lines. We also got some corners that we definitely needed. We have some guys that will come in right away and make an impact. I’m really excited.”

After getting all the letters from his recruits and press conference, he hosted a National Signing Day banquet where he and his staff announced their signees and showed highlight clips of the upcoming freshmen that will be playing for FIU. During the banquet, he announced that on Monday, Mar. 7, the football team will begin spring practice.

One of the early signees, offensive lineman Dallas Connell was excited to come and play for FIU. Now a freshman, he and his twin brother Doug, who also plays offensive lineman, are loving every minute of FIU.

“I love FIU so far,” said Connell. “It’s been great with all my classes and meeting with the team, it has been a great experience so far. I just love the atmosphere and great mindset for this coming season. I think Coach Turner has been doing great things here.”

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