Tayland Humphrey, a four-star defensive tackle at Hutchinson Community College, has offers from places like Alabama, Florida State, and Georgia. Instead, he’s heading to FIU.
It’s not every day that you see a blue-chip recruit like Tayland Humphrey turn down 27 offers, many of them to huge programs, for a Conference USA team. Chalk one up to Butch Davis’s recruiting ability.
Humphrey’s offers include Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Missouri, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas A&M.
He officially made his commitment this afternoon.
— Tayland Humphrey (@Big_Saucy_) December 15, 2017
His full note:
“By far, this has been the biggest and hardest decision I’ve ever had to make. I would like to say THANK YOU to ALL COACHES who’ve taken interest me. I must give a SPECIAL shout out to my day 1! Momma, THANK YOU for your never ending love and support, without your push I dont know where I would be. NeNe, thanks for the role you’ve played in my life. Coach Brown, thanks for your dedication to me as a whole, on and off the field. I understand some will be upset and some bridges may be burned. PLEASE, respect my decision. After sitting with my support system, the program that is best ft for me and has taken my brother under their wind is…. I would like to take my talent to FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY.”
As he alludes to in the note, FIU had a secret weapon in this recruitment. His brother John Bolding committed to the Panthers back in July.
— John Bolding III (@LiL_Saucyy_) August 1, 2017
Bolding picked FIU over Oklahoma State, so he’s also a pretty nice for Davis and his staff.
As far as small conference Florida schools go, undefeated UCF, consistently strong USF, and Lane Kiffin’s FAU get most of the attention, but FIU is 8-4 this year, its first under Davis after a seven-year hiatus after he was fired by North Carolina. The Panthers were just 4-8 in 2016.
With this commitment, FIU has the No. 82 class in the country, per 247Sports.