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2014 Signing Day
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Florida Tech will unveil its third recruiting class under head coach Steve Englehart on National Signing Day this Wednesday, Feb. 5 starting at 7 a.m. EST at FloridaTechSports.com.

A Signing Day Central page will have full bios, video highlights and quotes from the Panthers’ coaching staff on the team’s new student-athletes. The page will be updated as faxes are received and officially approved.

Fans looking to receive instant updates and a behind the scenes view of FIT’s Signing Day can follow Panther Football’s Twitter account, @FLTechFootball.

A complete release recapping the program’s fourth recruiting class will be posted to FloridaTechSports.com at the end of the day.

Per NCAA rules, FIT Athletics will announce a signee when the program has received and FIT Athletics Compliance has verified the signee's National Letter of Intent. Signees are not officially Panthers until approved and listed on this webpage.
Time Signee Pos. Ht. Wt. Year Hometown (School)
Enrolled Leo Alba DB 5-11 168 Jr. Pembroke Pines, Fla./Western Michigan University
Enrolled DiVonte Carswell DB 5-10 175 So. Tampa, Fla./Fort Valley State
Enrolled Cris Garcia LB 6-2 220 So. Miami, Fla./Malone University
Enrolled Steven Hughes QB 6-2 210 Jr. Melbourne, Fla./Jacksonville University
Enrolled Billy Sturgis DL 6-1 260 So. Bristol, R.I./Dean College
Committed Matt Knick OL 6-3 295 Fr. Pompano Beach, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons HS
7:55 a.m. Corey McCoy LB 6-1 215 Fr. Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons HS
8:15 a.m. Kyle Mauk OL 6-1 255 Fr. Bradenton, Fla./Manatee HS
9:01 a.m. DeVaughn Priester DL 6-2 297 Fr. Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons HS
9:20 a.m. Monte Jason OL 6-6 315 Fr. Royal Palm Beach, Fla./Seminole Ridge HS
10:05 a.m. Nick Weissman OL 6-4 260 Fr. Dunnellon, Fla./Dunnellon HS
10:11 a.m. Ryan Wilcox OL 6-3 254 Fr. Miami, Fla./Miami Southridge Senior HS
10:25 a.m. Miles Clark WR/TE 6-3 217 Fr. Jacksonville, Ala./Jacksonville HS
10:55 a.m. Jake Collier LB 6-2 233 Fr. Lake Mary, Fla./Lake Mary HS
11:37 a.m. Joe Laguna OL 6-6 310 Fr. Davie, Fla./South Plantation HS
11:53 a.m. Darion Andre DB 6-0 186 Fr. Palm Bay, Fla./Bayside HS
1:13 p.m. Jeff Ejekam WR 6-3 200 Fr. Bellaire, Texas/Bellaire HS
3:34 p.m. Tristan Foster DL 6-2 240 Fr. Sylacauga, Ala./Sylacauga HS
Favicon Leo Alba
DB | Jr. | 5-11 | 168 | Pembroke Pines, Fla. | Western Michigan University
Marketing
Leo Alba
Previous School: Attended NCAA Division I Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich…played football for two seasons...as a freshman in 2012, he made his collegiate debut at Illinois (9/1)…recorded three stops versus Eastern Illinois (9/8)…first career pass break-up was versus Toledo (9/29)...second career PBU was at Central Michigan (11/3)…as a sophomore in 2013, he appeared in 10 games and amassed six tackles…made a season and a career-high three tackles at Toledo (10/5).

High School: Attended University School of Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla…played football...two-star recruit on Rivals…ranked 202nd best cornerback in 2012 class on 247sports.com…graduated with a 3.6 GPA.

Personal: Son of Leocadio Alba Sr. and Soraya Alonso…chose Florida Tech for its excellent academics and athletic program…future goals include running his own company…admires his father because he is a great role model…ran 40-yard dash in 4.33 seconds.

Quote by Coach Herring on Alba: “Leo is a good sized cover corner, who isn’t afraid to be physical in the run. He will fit in very well with our young defensive back group. The experience he had playing at the Division I level will be beneficial to the future success of the secondary. I’m looking forward to coaching him for the next two years.”

Favicon DiVonte Carswell
So. | 5-10 | 175 | Tampa, Fla. | Fort Valley State
Sports Management
Divonte Carswell
Previous School: Attended NCAA Division II Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, Ga…played football for one season.

High School: Attended Tampa Bay Tech and Wharton High School in Tampa, Fla…played football, wrestled and competed in track...earned three varsity letters in football.

Personal: Son of Lorenzo Carswell and Vonseatta Cobb…has three sisters, Vonecia, Briana and Kemoni, and one brother, and Jamal…father played NCAA Division II football at Fort Valley State as a strong safety...father was a three-year starter and named first team all-academic and all-conference as a freshman...chose Florida Tech because he saw a great opportunity to accomplish his goals…future goals include running an athletic training business… admires his father because he never gives up, stays optimistic and always encourages him.

Quote by Coach Tillman on Carswell: “DiVonte is an aggressive strong safety who can play in the box and play a deep half. He is a very physical player who plays with a lot of energy.”

 
Favicon Cris Garcia
LB| So. | 6-2 | 220 | Miami, Fla. | Malone University
Accounting
Cris Garcia
Previous School: Attended NCAA Division II Malone University in Canton, Ohio…played football…recorded 48 tackles and 6.5 tackles for a loss…MNF Player of the Game against Findlay.

High School: Attended Belen Jesuit in Miami, Fla…played football, basketball and wrestling…all-county junior and senior years…helped team win district championships in 2011 and finish as state’s runner-up in 2010.

Personal: Son of Raul and Cristina Garcia…has one brother, Nikulas…chose Florida Tech for its excellent academics and location…career goals include becoming a sports agent and/or playing professional football in AFL or CFL…admires his grandfather because he is the hardest worker he knows.

Quote by Coach Sabock on Garcia: “Cristian is a physical player with a great first step. He uses his athleticism to quickly beat the offensive line. He came in this spring and will get the chance to lift with our team and go through spring ball. We are expecting great things from Cristian at Florida Tech, and we expect him to be a big contributor on our defense!”

Favicon Steven Hughes
QB | Jr. | 6-2 | 210 | Melbourne, Fla. | Jacksonville University
Business Administration
Steven Hughes
Previous School: Attended NCAA Division I Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Fla. for two seasons….played football…as a freshman in 2012, he played in one game versus Campbell…completed 5-of-10 passes for 94 yards and also rushed once for a five-yard touchdown…as a sophomore in 2013, he played in six games and started three, completing 72-of-132 passes for 1,167 yards and seven touchdowns…averaged 194.5 passing yards per game and 8.8 yards per pass…longest completion was 81 yards…also ran the ball 20 times for 48 yards…led Dolphins to a 69-16 win over Warner in his first career start…threw for 299 yards (9/21/13)…compiled a career-high 509 yards and three touchdowns against Butler (9/28/13)…totaled 275 passing yards and one touchdown on 21-of-37 passing against Drake (10/5/13).

High School: Attended Palm Bay High School in Melbourne Fla…two-star recruit on Rivals…ranked 137th best QB in class of 2011 according to Scout.com...played football and basketball… three-year starter in football…team was a combined 31-6 during his career, including 12-1 his senior season when they played in both district and regional playoffs...Brighthouse Player of the Year on offense...team was district champions his sophomore and junior seasons...also played basketball…team made Elite Eight in state playoffs.

Personal: Son of Steve and Bobbie Hughes…has two sisters, Jordan and Karlyn…chose Florida Tech to be close to home and for the opportunity to help the football program grow…future goals include opening a restaurant…admires his parents for all of their support.

Quote by Coach Martin on Hughes: “We are very excited to add some much needed depth and experience at the QB position. Steven will have an opportunity to come in and compete right away for the starting job. His ability to throw the football and use his feet in the run game will help at that position.”

Favicon Billy Sturgis
DL | So. | 6-1 | 260 | Bristol, R.I. | Dean College
Business Administration
Billy Sturgis
Previous School: Attended NJCAA Dean College in Franklin, Mass….played football…as a freshman defensive lineman in 2013, he accumulated 44 tackles, including 15 solo tackles, in 10 games…also recorded 3.5 sacks, nine tackles for loss, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.

High School: Attended La Salle Academy in Providence, R.I….played football, wrestled and played lacrosse...in his senior year, he was named school’s male athlete of the year…selected first team all-state in football and lacrosse and second team all-state in wrestling.

Personal: Son of Greg and Pamela…has two brothers, Stan and Nick, and one sister, Katie…Stan played football at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I…chose Florida Tech for weather …future goals include graduating and becoming wealthy…admires his mother because she raised a family of four by herself after his father passed.

Quote by Coach Hardy on Sturgis: “Billy is a high energy constant motor on the field. His experience at the college level will give him the opportunity to come in and be an exemplified leader for the younger guys on our roster. His unusual combination of strength and athleticism allows us to use his talents as an interior lineman as well as an outside rusher.”

Favicon Matt Knick
OL | Fr. | 6-3 | 295 | Pompano Beach, Fla. | Cardinal Gibbons HS
Sports Management
Matt Knick
High School: Attended Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla...played football and wrestled...named second team all-county.

Personal: Son of Matthew Knick and Theresa Applegate...has one brother, Kyle...chose Florida Tech because it is a great school and he wants to start a tradition...future goals include earning a business degree and becoming a police officer...admires his father because he has taught him a lot.

Quote by Coach Martin on Knick: “Matt is a physical offensive lineman with a high motor and great football IQ. He dominated at our summer camp and showed a great drive for competition. Coming from one of the elite programs in Broward County, he will be a key piece to the Panther football program.”

Favicon Corey McCoy
LB | Fr. | 6-1 | 215 | Fort Lauderdale, Fla. | Cardinal Gibbons HS
Corey McCoy
High School: Attended Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla...played football...member of North roster in the BCAA North/South All-Star Game in 2013.

Quote by Coach Tillman on McCoy: “Corey is a long, rangy, downhill linebacker that plays sideline to sideline. He plays with great patience and has a natural knack for finding the football. He is a versatile player, who can play multiple positions.”

Favicon Kyle Mauk
OL | Fr. | 6-1 | 255 | Bradenton, Fla. | Manatee HS
Kyle Mauk

Chose Florida Tech over The Citadel

High School: Attended Manatee High School in Bradenton, Fla...named All-Southwest Florida Regional Elite First Team, Herald All-Area Football First Team and All-State Third Team at 8A level in 2013...earned Coaches’ Award following his senior season.

Quote by Coach Raymond on Mauk: “With this class, we knew we had to have a true center, someone that has played the position for a few years, and that’s Kyle. His ability to step right in next fall during camp and fill that role is why he’s here, and why we are so excited about his future.”

Favicon DeVaughn Priester
DL | Fr. | 6-2 | 297 | Fort Lauderdale, Fla. | Cardinal Gibbons HS
DeVaughn Priester

Chose Florida Tech over Louisville and West Virginia

High School: Attended Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla...played football...member of Team Florida in Miami-Dade vs. Team Florida All-Star Game in 2013...named All-Broward County Honorable Mention in 2014.

Quote by Coach Hardy on Priester: “He will have a dominating presence in the middle of our defense. With his high character and winning attitude, we look for him to fit right in with the hard-working guys we already have on campus and he will make an immediate impact. We are really excited as a staff to have a player of his caliber joining the program.”

Favicon Monte Jason
OL | Fr. | 6-6 | 315 | Royal Palm Beach, Fla. | Seminole Ridge HS
Accounting
 
High School: Attended Seminole Ridge High School in Loxahatchee, Fla...played football...participated in construction academy club.

Personal: Son of Mark and Theresa Jason...has three brothers, Kameron, Nickolas and Karl...chose Florida Tech for its academics, closeness to home and to be part of the growing football program...after he graduates, he would like to manage financial aspects of a sports team...admires his parents for always providing for him and his brothers.

Quote by Coach Nahl on Jason: “Monte Jason has a tremendous upside and will blossom into a great football player in college. He is a very large young man and will continue to be developed in a college weight program. He has been successful in all aspects of life so far, and we fully expect that to continue once he arrives at Florida Tech.”

Favicon Nick Weissman
OL | Fr. | 6-4 | 260 | Dunnellon, Fla. | Dunnellon HS
Nick Weissman
High School: Attended Dunnellon High School in Dunnellon, Fla...played football.

Quote by Coach Raymond on Weissman: “Nick is a guy who plays with a lot of passion. His toughness, physicality and love for the game are a few reasons why we had to have Nick be a part of our program.”

Favicon Ryan Wilcox
OL | Fr. | 6-3 | 254 | Miami, Fla. | Miami Southridge Senior HS
Ryan Wilcox
High School: Attended Miami Southridge Senior High School in Miami, Fla...played football...served as team’s captain...totaled eight sacks and 20 pancakes...member of 300 Club and Spartan Patrol.

Personal: Son of Eddie and Jennifer Wilcox...has three siblings, Nathan, Devlan and Jaylen...chose Florida Tech because he loved the campus, atmosphere and coaches...after he graduates, he would like to enter a forensic field or play in the NFL...admires former NFL star Ray Lewis for his determination.

Quote by Coach Nahl on Wilcox: “Ryan Wilcox is not only a very high character young man, he also plays with high effort, energy and enthusiasm. He is extremely athletic and has a good frame to build upon. He has played against some of the top high school competition in the entire country, while maintaining phenomenal grades.”

Favicon Solomon (Miles) Clark
WR/TE | Fr. | 6-3 | 217 | Jacksonville, Ala. | Jacksonville HS
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Miles Clark
High School: Attended Jacksonville High School in Jacksonville, Ala...played football, basketball and competed in track & field...in 2013, his team had highest scoring offense in school history, advanced to round two of 4A state playoffs...hosted first home playoff game and finished second in conference 4A Region 5...team captain...named All-Calhoun County Honorable Mention in 2012 and 2013 in football...member of Key Club, FFA and FOCUS Group.

Personal: Son of Stan and Erika Clark...has one sister, Camille...cousin Ben Grubbs played at Auburn and currently plays for the New Orleans Saints...another cousin, John Clark, played football at Troy University...chose Florida Tech for the variety of undergraduate engineering degrees available, location and football program...after he graduates, he would like to pursue a master’s degree in engineering or immediately enter the work force at an engineering firm.

Quote by Coach Silvoy on Clark: “Miles Clark's potential is through the roof. He is a high character student-athlete, who understands what it takes to be successful on and off the field. His size and athleticism will allow him to create mismatches as a hybrid TE/Y in our offense.”

Favicon Timothy (Jake) Collier
LB | Fr. | 6-2 | 233 | Lake Mary, Fla. | Lake Mary HS
Jake Collier
Chose Florida Tech over Eastern Illinois

High School: Attended Lake Mary High School in Lake Mary, Fla...played football...first team all-conference...named linebacker of the year...totaled 68 tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception...team set a record for most points scored in a single game...helped team go undefeated for the only time in school history...part of district and conference championship team and they were regional runners-up.

Personal: Son of Tim Collier and Dione Larkin...has one sister, Ella...related to former FIT baseball player and Sports Hall of Fame member Charles Dwyer...chose Florida Tech to become part of something greater than himself...after he graduates, he would like to become a sports psychologist...admires his mother for all that she has sacrificed for him.

Quote by Coach Sabock on Collier: “Jake is an energetic, highly active football player. You will always see him around the football either making the play or in the play! Jake was part of turning his high school team into a playoff team and state contender. He has spent time playing defensive line where his athleticism really shines. Jake has a very bright future here on the Florida Tech defense!”

Favicon Joseph (Joe) Laguna
OL | Fr. | 6-6 | 310 | Davie, Fla. | South Plantation HS
Joe Laguna
Chose Florida Tech over FAMU and Northern Michigan

High School: Attended South Plantation High School in Plantation, Fla...threw shot put, played football and won District 8A-11 Championship in 2012-13 school year.

Personal: Son of Carlos and Annisa Laguna...has two brothers, Elijah and Jason....chose Florida Tech because it was best academic fit, small class sizes and size of campus...after he graduates, he would like to support his family and obtain a job within six months...admires his dad for his perseverance and how he provides for their family.

Quote by Coach Raymond on Laguna: “Joseph is one of those prototypical offensive tackles, which every offensive line coach dreams. His size, flexibility and athletic ability are what make him a valuable addition to our unit up front.”

Favicon Darion Andre
DB | Fr. | 6-0 | 186 | Palm Bay, Fla. | Bayside HS
Darion Andre
High School: Attended Bayside High School...played football.

Quote by Coach Herring on Andre: “Darion is what you call a football player and he’s from Brevard County. He does some of everything and played both offense and defense. Most importantly, you can’t teach his size and physicality. You either have that or you don’t. It’s quite evident with him that being physical isn’t a problem.”

Favicon Jeff Ejekam
WR | Fr. | 6-3 | 200 | Bellaire, Texas | Bellaire HS
 
High School: Attended Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Texas...played football and competed in track & field.

Quote by Coach Martin on Ejekam: “Jeff Ejekam is a big physical kid with huge upside. He has good character and academics. He also comes from a great high school football area in Houston, Texas that produces big time high school talent.”

Favicon Tristan Foster
DL | Fr. | 6-2 | 240 | Sylacauga, Ala. | Sylacauga HS
 

Chose Florida Tech over West Alabama and Presbyterian

High School: Attended Sylacauga High School in Sylacauga, Ala...earned 2012 Talladega All-County Defensive Lineman Award.

Quote by Coach Tillman on Foster: “Tristan is a fast, athletic and explosive player who plays with great pad level and energy. He is a player who can play every position on the defensive line. He will add speed and athleticism to the defensive unit.”

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