Three-star linebacker Irick McDonald of Miami Springs (Fla.) committed to Florida International on July 31 after talking with the Panthers coaching staff.
"I had a long talk with the coaches when I went to camp and it just felt like home so I committed," the 6-foot-2, 210-Pound McDonald said.
In his only visit to FIU, he attended camp and earned an offer. Not too long after he committed.
"It was a great experience and I like how I was coached," he said. "They said I fit the defense perfectly because they need speed rushers. That's why I committed. It's a great advantage to be close to home and have my family come and see me and see my friends."
McDonald's still keeping his options open but doesn't have any official visit dates lined up. While Marshall, UCF and Akron have offered, he said the strength of his verbal commitment to FIU is 85 percent.
McDonald finished last season with 9 sacks for Hialeah (Fla.) Champagnat Catholic.
Adam Krohn is a Southeast Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.