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February 6, 2013

FIU Football signs 18

The FIU football roster was bolstered on Signing Day when the Panthers confirmed 18 high school student-athletes sent in their National Letters of Intent to don the Blue and Gold beginning in 2013.

A total of 17 signees hail from the Sunshine State, with the class currently split evenly with nine on offense and nine on defense. Among the 17 Floridians, 10 are from South Florida, including five from Miami-Dade County.

Up next for the Panthers is spring football practice, tentatively scheduled to begin March 19. FIU's 2013 football schedule is highlighted with games against Allstate Sugar Bowl champion Louisville, Beef 'O' Brady St. Petersburg Bowl champion UCF and R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl participant East Carolina.

In addition, FIU will be facing ECU, Louisiana Tech, UAB, Southern Miss and UTEP for the first time in school history. FIU played current C-USA member Marshall in the 2011 Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl. FIU Homecoming will take place on Oct. 12 versus the UAB Blazers.

FIU fans can enjoy this great football schedule with a purchase or renewal of season tickets. 2013 season ticket information is currently available at FIUSports.com, and can be purchased or renewed by calling the FIU Athletics Ticket Office at (305) 348-GAME.

2013 FIU Signee Roster

Akheem Barton Defensive Line 6-2 235 Miami, Fla. / Miami Norland

Jordan Budwig Offensive Line 6-4 330 Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. / University School

James Cruise Offensive Line 6-5 275 Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. / Palm Beach Gardens

Jeremy Derrick Linebacker 6-1 180 Hallandale Beach, Fla. / Hallandale

Chris Flaig Offensive Line 6-5 305 Vero Beach, Fla. / Vero Beach

Jordan Gibbs Linebacker 6-1 220 Miami, Fla. / Miami Killian

Jordan Guest Linebacker 6-4 195 Miami, Fla. / Christopher Columbus

Xavier Hines Defensive Back 6-0 175 Miami, Fla. / Belen Jesuit

Wilkenson Myrtil Defensive Back 6-0 185 Orlando, Fla. / Jones

Shug Oyegunle Wide Receiver 5-9 175 Tampa, Fla. / Gaither

Israel Paopao Quarterback 6-1 240 Oceanside, Calif. / Oceanside

Jonathan Pavlov Tight End 6-4 225 North Palm Beach, Fla. / Benjamin School

Alfonso Randolph Running Back 5-11 185 Ocala, Fla. / West Port

Jonnu Smith Tight End 6-3 210 Ocala, Fla. / West Port

Willie Smith Defensive Back 6-0 175 Bradenton, Fla. / Manatee

Silas Spearman III Running Back 5-10 195 Loxahatchee, Fla. / Seminole Ridge

Vontarius West Defensive Back 6-0 185 Bartow, Fla. / Bartow

Treyvon Williams Linebacker 5-11 230 Miami, Fla. / Miami Norland



Offense: 9


Budwig, Cruise, Flaig, Oyegunle, Paopao, Pavlov, Randolph, J. Smith, Spearman

Defense: 9

Barton, Derrick, Gibbs, Guest, Hines, Myrtil, W. Smith, West, Williams

By Position

Defensive Back:
4 Hines, Myrtil, W. Smith, West
Linebacker: 4 Derrick, Gibbs, Guest, Williams
Offensive Line: 3 Budwig, Cruise, Flaig
Running Back: 2 Randolph, Spearman
Tight End: 2 Pavlov, J. Smith
Defensive Line: 1 Barton
Wide Receiver: 1 Oyegunle
Quarterback: 1 Paopao

By State

Florida: 17

Barton, Budwig, Cruise, Derrick, Flaig, Gibbs, Guest, Hines, Myrtil, Oyegunle, Pavlov, Randolph, J. Smith, W. Smith, Spearman, West, Williams

California: 1 Paopao

By Region

Florida

South Florida: 10

Barton, Budwig, Cruise, Derrick, Gibbs, Guest, Hines, Pavlov, Spearman, Williams
Central Florida: 4 Myrtil, Randolph, J. Smith, West
Central West Florida: 2 Oyegunle, W. Smith
Central East Florida: 1 Flaig

California
Southern California: 1 Paopao

By County

Florida
Miami-Dade: 5 Barton, Gibbs, Guest, Hines, Williams
Palm Beach: 3 Cruise, Pavlov, Spearman
Marion: 2 Randolph, J. Smith
Broward: 1 Budwig, Derrick
Hillsborough: 1 Oyegunle
Indian River: 1 Flaig
Manatee: 1 W. Smith
Orange: 1 Myrtil
Polk: 1 West

California
San Diego 1 Paopao



2013 FIU Signee Biographies

Akheem Barton
Defensive Line, 6-2, 235 / Miami, Fla. / Miami Norland

Miami Norland: 2012 Miami Herald Class 5A-Independents All-Dade County Second-Team…played on the Miami-Dade team in the 18th annual TOC NIKE Florida All-Star Game…team advanced to the FHSAA Class 5A Regional Semifinals in 2012…team won the FHSAA Class 5A State Championship in 2011…was a MaxPreps Player of the Week (10/13/11) for his three tackles for loss and two sacks in a win over Coral Reef…played outside linebacker and defensive end…finished his junior season with 27 tackles, nine sacks and 13 quarterback hurries.

Jordan Budwig
Offensive Line, 6-4, 330 / Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. / University School

University School: 2011 and 2012 Associated Press Class 3A All-State Second-Team…a three-time South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Miami Herald All-County selection…2011 and 2012 South Florida Sun-Sentinel 5A-4A-3A-2A All-County First-Team…2010 South Florida Sun-Sentinel 3A-2A-2B-1A-1B All-County Second-Team…2011 and 2012 Miami Herald Class 5A-Independent All-Broward County First-Team…2010 Miami Herald Class 3A-1B All-Broward County Third-Team…No. 23 on Miami Herald Recruiting Analyst Larry Blustein's Top 25 seniors for Broward County…No. 54 on the Orlando Sentinel's 2013 Palm Beach/Broward Super60…played on the Broward team in the third annual Miami Dolphins Dade-Broward All-Star Game presented by Under Armour…played on the Private School team in the fourth annual TRU Sports Foundation's Public vs. Private All-Star High School Football Game…team won the FHSAA Class 3A State Championship in 2012…team finished ranked No. 2 in USA Today's 2012 Florida Super 25…team advanced to the FHSAA Class 3A Regional Finals in 2011…rated the No. 83 offensive guard nationally by Scout…committed on Jan 27, 2013…started on varsity for three seasons 2010-12.

James Cruise
Offensive Line, 6-5, 275 / Palm Beach, Fla. / Palm Beach Gardens

Palm Beach Gardens: 2012 Associated Press Class 8A All-State Second-Team…2012 South Florida Sun-Sentinel Class 8A-7A-6A All-County First-Team…2012 Palm Beach Post All-Area First-Team…No. 60 on the Palm Beach Post's 2013 Top 60…2012 Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) All-District 20 Football Team…played on the South Team in the Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) North-South All-Star Football Game…selected to play for the American roster in the 19th annual Palm Beach County-Treasure Coast All-Star Game… played in the Inaugural High School Clash of Scholar Athletes game, pitting Palm Beach County All-Stars versus Atlanta All-Stars…team advanced to the FHSAA Class 8A Regional Quarterfinals in 2012 and FHSAA Class 8A Regional Finals in 2011…committed on Jan. 27, 2013.

Jeremy Derrick
Linebacker, 6-1, 180 / Hallandale Beach, Fla. / Hallandale

Hallandale: 2012 South Florida Sun-Sentinel Class 5A-4A-3A-2A All-County Honorable Mention…2012 Miami Herald Class 5A-Independent All-Broward County Honorable Mention…played on the Broward team in the third annual Miami Dolphins Dade-Broward All-Star Game presented by Under Armour…2012 Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) All-District 20 Football Team…committed on May 25, 2012.



Chris Flaig
Offensive Line, 6-5, 305 / Vero Beach, Fla. / Vero Beach

Vero Beach: 2012 and 2011 Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers All-Area Honorable Mention…No. 10 on the Orlando Sentinel's 2013 Mideast Florida Super60…2011 Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) All-District 19 Second-Team…2010 Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) All-District 19 Honorable Mention…committed on July 31, 2012…also competed on the varsity weightlifting (2009, 2011) and basketball (2009, 2010) teams.

Jordan Gibbs
Linebacker, 6-1, 220 / Miami, Fla. / Miami Killian

Miami Killian: 2012 Associated Press Class 8A All-State Third-Team…2012 Miami Herald Class 8A-6A All-Dade County First-Team…2011 Miami Herald Class 8A-6A All-Dade County Third-Team…No. 56 on the Orlando Sentinel's 2013 Miami/Dade Super60…played on the Miami-Dade team in the 18th annual TOC NIKE Florida All-Star Game…team advanced to the FHSAA Class 8A Regional Finals in 2012…committed on Jan. 27, 2013…played outside linebacker and at weak-side defensive end for the Cougars…recorded 80 tackles, six sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and seven pass break-ups as a senior.

Jordan Guest
Linebacker, 6-4, 195 / Miami, Fla. / Miami Christopher Columbus

Miami Christopher Columbus: Team advanced to the FHSAA Class 8A State Semifinals in 2012 and FHSAA Class 8A State Semifinals in 2011…committed on Aug. 8, 2012…ran track for Columbus, competing in the 200 meters, 110 and 300-meter hurdles, high jump and triple jump…won the District 14 title in the triple jump and qualified for the FHSAA Class 4A state tournament.

Xavier Hines
Defensive Back, 6-0, 175 / Miami, Fla. / Belen Jesuit

Belen Jesuit: 2012 Miami Herald Class 8A-6A All-Dade County Honorable Mention…2011 Miami Herald Class 8A-6A All-Dade County Second-Team…No. 23 on Miami Herald Recruiting Analyst Larry Blustein's Top 25 seniors for Miami-Dade County…No. 60 on the Orlando Sentinel's 2013 Florida Top 100…No. 8 on the Orlando Sentinel's 2013 Miami/Dade Super60…played on the Miami-Dade team in the 18th annual TOC NIKE Florida All-Star Game…team advanced to the FHSAA Class 6A Regional Semifinals in 2011…rated three stars from Rivals and 247Sports…rated the No. 52 safety nationally from Rivals and No. 56 from 247Sports…committed on Aug. 5, 2012…played safety and corner as a junior, and had eight interceptions…high school teammate of current FIU players Ricky Fernandez and Sergio Sroka.

Wilkenson Myrtil
Defensive Back, 6-0, 185 / Orlando, Fla. / Jones

Jones: Listed among 15 players featured just outside the Orlando Sentinel's Central Florida Super60…played on the West team in the Orange County Senior Bowl…was running back MVP at the Orlando 11th grade NUC Schuman's Outstanding Performance Combine in 2011…team advanced to the FHSAA Class 4A Regional Finals in 2012…committed on Feb. 2, 2013…also played linebacker, cornerback and safety…began his varsity career at Orlando Agape Christian in 2010, but transferred to Jones prior to his junior season…also excelled in track and field, competing 100, 200 and 400 meter sprints, long jump, 4X100 and 4X400 relay and sprint medley relay…qualified for the 2012 FHSAA Class 2A State Championship track meet in the 100 and 200 meter sprints and 4X100 relay…finished sixth in the 100 meters.



Shug Oyegunle
Wide Receiver, 5-9, 175 / Tampa, Fla. / Gaither

Gaither: 2012 Tampa Bay Times All-Hillsborough County Second-Team…2012 Tampa Tribune All-Hillsborough County Honorable Mention…2012 All-Laker/All-Lutz News Football First-Team…No. 35 on BigCountyPreps.com ratings of players from Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties…team advanced to the FHSAA Class 7A Regional Quarterfinals in 2012 and FHSAA Class 7A Regional Finals in 2011…committed to FIU on Jan. 27, 2013…caught 21 passes for 468 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior, while rushing 36 times for 227 yards and a touchdown.

Israel Paopao
Quarterback, 6-1, 240 / Oceanside, Calif. / Oceanside

Oceanside: 2012 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Second-Team…2012 San Diego Union-Tribune All-Avocado League West Offensive Player of the Year and First-Team Offense selection…2012 San Diego Union-Tribune North County Offensive Player of the Year and First-Team Offense selection…2012 San Diego Union-Tribune All-San Diego Offensive Player of the Year and First-Team Offense selection…2012 All-California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) San Diego Football Team…2012 Prep Pigskin Report Silver Pigskin Player of the Year…2010 Cal-Hi Sports All-State First-Team Sophomores…committed on Feb. 4, 2013…as a senior, guided the Pirates (12-1) to a third CIF Section II title game and a second championship by completing 155 of 263 passes for 2,661 yards, 24 TDs and just six interceptions…over his three seasons as a varsity starter, has a completion percentage of 63.5 percent for 7,190 yards, 63 TDs and 26 interceptions…has tallied a 31-7-1 record, claimed a Division II Section Championship, five playoff victories, two championship appearances, 10 league victories, an Avocado West League title and secured three first-round byes…as a sophomore, completed 139 of 232 passes for 2,218 yards, leading the Pirates to an 11-3 finish…team went 9-3-1 as a junior.

Jonathon Pavlov
Tight End, 6-4, 225 / North Palm Beach, Fla. / Benjamin School

Benjamin School: 2012 Associated Press Class 3A All-State Honorable Mention…2012 South Florida Sun-Sentinel Class 5A-4A-3A-2A All-County Honorable Mention…2012 Palm Beach Post All-Area Honorable Mention…No. 48 on the Orlando Sentinel's 2013 Palm Beach/Broward Super60…No. 36 on the Palm Beach Post's 2013 Top 60…rated No. 82 nationally at tight end from 247Sports…committed on June 20, 2012…high school teammate of current FIU player Trenton Saunders.

Alfonso Randolph
Running Back, 5-11, 185 / Ocala, Fla. / West Port

West Port: 2012 Ocala Star Banner All-County Second Team…committed on Jan. 20, 2013…had a team leading 671 yards rushing (7.8 avg.) and seven touchdowns as a senior.

Jonnu Smith
Tight End, 6-3, 210 / Ocala, Fla. / West Port

West Port: 2012 Ocala Star Banner All-County First Team…2012 Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) All-District 7 Football Team…rated the No. 75 tight end nationally from 247Sports…rated three stars from 247Sports…committed on July 23, 2012…had a team leading 34 catches for 517 yards and two touchdowns as a senior.



Willie Smith
Defensive Back, 6-0, 175 / Bradenton, Fla. / Manatee

Manatee: 2012 Associated Press Class 7A All-State Honorable Mention…2011 and 2012 Bradenton Herald All-Area Football Team…played for the Manatee All-Stars in the 21st Annual Brad Price Memorial PAL Bowl All-Star Senior Game…team advanced to the FHSAA Class 7A State Semifinals in 2012…team finished ranked No. 18 in USA Today's 2012 Super 25…team finished ranked No. 4 in USA Today's 2012 Florida Super 25…team won the FHSAA Class 7A State Championship in 2011…rated the No. 98 safety nationally from ESPN and No. 113 from 247Sports…rated three stars from 247Sports…committed on Oct. 4, 2012…played safety as a junior recording 44 tackles, 26 solo tackles and five interceptions…of his team-high five interceptions in 2011, one came in the Class 7A State Championship…recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown against Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer in the 2011 state semifinal…high school teammate of current FIU player Prince Matt, Jr.

Silas Spearman III
Running Back, 5-10, 195 / Loxahatchee, Fla. / Seminole Ridge

Seminole Ridge: 2012 Associated Press Class 8A All-State Third-Team…2012 South Florida Sun-Sentinel Palm Beach Class 8A-7A-6A Offensive Player of the Year…South Florida Sun-Sentinel All-County Fall 2012…2012 Palm Beach Post All-Area First-Team…No. 21 on the Palm Beach Post's 2013 Top 60…selected to play for the National roster in the 19th annual Palm Beach County-Treasure Coast All-Star Game…team advanced to the FHSAA Class 8A Regional Semifinals in 2012 and FHSAA Class 8A Regional Finals in 2011…committed on Feb. 1, 2013…as a senior, rushed for 1,258 yards with 16 all-purpose scores…had 12 touchdowns on the ground, three scores receiving and one kickoff return for a touchdown…played in the defensive backfield recording two interceptions and four pass break-ups…senior season highlights included rushing for 115 yards and returning the second-half kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown that proved to be the game-winning score in Seminole Ridge's 31-21 win against district rival Palm Beach Gardens; in a game that essentially was for the district title, had a 191-yard, two-touchdown performance in a 37-18 win against Pahokee.

Vontarius West
Defensive Back, 6-0, 185 / Bartow, Fla. / Bartow

Bartow: 2012 Associated Press Class 6A All-State First-Team…2012 PolkPreps.com All-Polk County First-Team…No. 108 on 247Sports' Florida Top 200…No. 45 on the Orlando Sentinel's 2013 Midwest Florida Super60…2012 Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) All-District 13 First-Team…rated three stars from Rivals, ESPN and 247Sports…committed on Jan. 24, 2013.

Treyvon Williams
Linebacker, 5-11, 230 / Miami, Fla. / Miami Norland

Miami Norland: 2012 Associated Press Class 5A All-State Third-Team…2012 Miami Herald Class 5A-Ind. All-Dade County First-Team…2012 Miami Herald Class 5A-Independent All-Dade County Second-Team…No. 16 on Miami Herald Recruiting Analyst Larry Blustein's Top 25 seniors for Miami-Dade County…No. 17 on the Orlando Sentinel's 2013 Miami/Dade Super60…No. 42 on South Florida High School Sports' 2013 Top 25 Prospects…team advanced to the FHSAA Class 5A Regional Semifinals in 2012…team won the FHSAA Class 5A State Championship in 2011…committed on Jan. 22, 2013…finished his junior season with 83 tackles and four sacks.

VIA FIU Media Relations


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