Troy McCollum, cornerback from North High School in Miami, Fla., recently jumped on the FIU bandwagon.
"I committed because of the coaches, facilities and academics," said McCollum, "My parents really liked the academics and facilities. I liked the coaches and their goals and expectations they have for me. It's a good, upcoming program."
"I visited them sometime in June. I went to their camp. I haven't been back over there yet. The dorms are recent. By the time I graduate they will have new dorms. Everything over there is nice."
The coaching staff was thrilled to learn for McCollum's decision.
"They were very excited," he said. "They said it was historical. The coaches are down-to-earth. They are cool to talk to. They understand everything a high school kid is going through."
The 6-foot, 165-pound prospect was recruited by FIU as a cornerback. he recognizes his strengths and areas he wants to improve.
"I feel like my ability to shut down one side of the field and my ability to get in the quarterbacks head are my biggest strengths," McCollum said. "I still want to work on my lateral quickness, ball awareness and coverage skills."
McCollum wants to take all official visits in the fall. Several schools continue to show interest such as UCF, LSU, Georgia, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and USF.