FIU recruits three from ‘Florida’s top 100′ players in the state, including 4-star recruit, Larvez “Pooh Bear” Mars.
By Grant Smith
FIU head football coach Mario Cristobal announced his 2009 Signing Class of 23 players on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at FIU Stadium. The list included 20 players from the state of Florida, including Larvez “Pooh Bear” Mars, the first-ever 4-star recruit to sign with FIU.
“We are all fired up about this year’s recruiting class,” Cristobal said. “We won several recruiting battles against the big boys, including the SEC, ACC, C-USA and our own conference. The number one goal of recruiting every season is to fulfill your needs and enhance your strengths as they are already. We feel with this year’s class we have done that already and then some.”
This year’s class includes 11 offensive players, 11 defensive players and one special team’s player. Of the 20 players from Florida, 12 are from Miami-Dade County alone. Every single player in this year’s class was also a team captain for their respective school, and all 23 recruits were All-District players.
Cristobal and the rest of FIU celebrated the new class Wednesday night in the Stadium Club at FIU’s new stadium. Once the room was filled, the lights went out and everyone cheered at a highlight reel of big hits and touchdown passes courtesy of the Golden Panther football team. Afterwards, Cristobal roused fans with his speech about the new powerhouse in South Florida and introduced the incoming freshmen with thrilling game tapes of the recruits in high school. Fans left feeling excited and eager for the 2009 season to begin, which officially starts on September 12 in Alabama against the Crimson Tide.
2009 FIU FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASS
|Name Pos. Ht/Wt School/City|
|Rupert Bryan OL 6-3, 260 Glades Central/South Bay, Fla.|
|Wesley Carroll QB 6-1, 195 Miss. St./St. Thomas Aquinas/Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.|
|Jonathan Cyprien, STY 6-1, 210 North Miami Beach/North Miami Beach, Fla.|
|Kenneth Dillard LB 6-1, 210 Miami Northwestern/Miami, Fla.|
|Cain Elliot STY 6-2, 215 Winter Springs/Winter Springs, Fla.|
|Joshua Forney DT 6-4, 255 Marian Catholic/South Holland, Ill.|
|Jack Griffin K/P 6-1, 185 St. John Neumann/Naples, Fla.|
|Dave Istanich OL 6-6, 305 Johnstown/Johnstown, Penna.|
|Derrick Jones DB 5-10, 185 Miami Springs/Miami Springs, Fla.|
|Darian Mallary RB 5-9, 185 Gulliver Prep/Miami, Fla.|
|Larvez “Pooh Bear” Mars LB 5-11, 210 Apopka,/Apopka, Fla.|
|Jarrell McGee DB 5-11, 190 North Dakota College of Science Jr. College/Cocoa, Fla.|
|Giancarlo Revilla OL 6-3, 275 Killian/Miami, Fla.|
|Markeith Russell LB 6-1, 210 North Miami Beach/North Miami Beach, Fla.|
|Thatcher Starling DE 6-4, 265 Hutchinson C.C./Hutchinson, Kan.|
|Terrance Taylor STY 6-0, 185 Archbishop Carroll/Miami, Fla.|
|Edgard Theliar WR 6-3, 195 Butler J.C./Miami, Fla.|
|Wayne Times WR 6-0, 180 Miami Northwestern, Miami, Fla.|
|Austin Tottle OL 6-4, 300 Osceola, Seminole, Fla.|
|Rockey Vann WR 6-0, 170 Ocoee/Ocoee, Fla.|
|Jairus Williams WR 6-5, 187 Miami Central/Miami, Fla.|
|Tourek Williams DE 6-4, 230 Norland/Miami, Fla.|
|Derek Wimberly OL 6-5, 275 Hallandale/Miami, Fla.|