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FIU Keeps Floridians At Home Again

It is a fact that if you want to build your football program to the next level, having talent from the Sunshine State is a must.

Look across the country – and you will see that where there is success, you will find that the roster includes football talent from the state of Florida.

As Florida International University and head coach Mike MacIntyre build this program back toward the top, the one thing that continues to play out is the love affair with Florida.

From south Florida to central, north and southwest Florida, this program has made sure that a majority of this roster has more than its share of prospects who have played their football somewhere in Florida.

Coming off the 2023 class, where a number of key football talent stayed home, or close to home, the Panthers followed that up in this year’s class.

Among those who make up part of that impressive 2024 class are:

Germaine Carter, DL, 6-0, 260, Miami Norland

Clayton Dees, QB, 6-2, 180, Palmetto

Sadonnie Gay, S, 6-0, 180, Miami Northwestern

Devonte Lyons, RB, 5-10, 180, St. Augustine

Jonathan Rodriguez, OL, 6-4, 280, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons

Eric Nelson Jr., WR, 6-2, 170, Miramar

Knajee Saffold, OL, 6-4, 321, Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast

Raheim Sexil, CB, 6-1, 183, Bradenton Manatee

Nicholas Smith, WR, 6-0, 180, Fort Lauderdale Stranahan

Shamir Sterlin, S, 6-2, 185, Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast

Josiah Taylor, LB, 6-0, 210, Sebring

Jaden Williams, S, 6-2, 183, Plantation

Robert Williams, DL, 6-2, 256, Miami Christopher Columbus


Giovanni Davis, Edge, 6-5, 255, Miami Dr. Krop (Tennessee Martin)

Juju Lewis, WR, 6-2, 216, Davie Western (GEORGIA TECH)

Ben Shellenback, OT, 6-5, 290

Eddie Wall III, Edge, 6-3, 250, South Fort Myers (BETHUNE COOKMAN)

Desna Washington, WR, 6-5, 220, Belle Glade Glades Central (NEW MEXICO)



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