Signing Day 2015
2015 Signing Day
Head coach Steve Englehart and the Florida Tech football team will unveil its 2015 signing class on Wednesday, Feb. 4 beginning at 7 a.m. ET. The day marks National Signing Day, the first day that newcomers can officially sign their letter of intent.

This 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 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.
Demetrius Allen

LB, Gr., 6-0, 225
Miami, Fla. (Western Illinois)

Previous School: Attended Division I FCS Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill…recorded 107 tackles, three forced fumbles and two interceptions as a junior… transferred to Western Illinois from Idaho State… Played in all 11 games as a freshman at ISU...played linebacker and appeared on special teams...had 17 tackles on the season with a season-high of five coming against Western State on Sept. 10...had four tackles at NAU on Sept. 17...had 2.5 tackles for loss and one pass breakup.

High School: Attended Miami Northwestern High School…was a three-year starter at outside linebacker…in 2008 led his team to a 13-3 record and the 6A state runner-ups…participated in the North vs. South and the Private vs. Public All-Star games…second-team All-Dade County…as a junior recorded 107 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, three sacks and three forced fumbles…as a senior had 87 tackles, seven for loss, one sack and three forced fumbles…was coached by Billy Rolle.

Personal: Son of Demetrius and Monique Allen…chose Florida Tech because of the football program’s coaching staff and the great education opportunity…career goal is to own a business to help at-risk youth…admires his family most because they made him who he is today.

What Coach Sabock is saying: “An alumnus of the storied Miami Northwestern program, Demetrius comes back to the Sunshine State to immediately help shore up our run defense. Having played three years of Division I football already he will bring a great amount of maturity to our linebacker corps.”

Landon Galloway

QB, Fr., 6-2, 210
Plant City, Fla. (Air Force Prep)
Business Administration

Previous School: Attended the U.S. Air Force Academy Prep School.

High School: Attended Plant City High School…was the MVP of the East vs. West All-Star game…earned first team all-conference honors…helped his team to a runner-up finish in the district his senior season…recipient of the National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award…member of National Honor Society, SADD and FBLA…also played basketball.

Personal: Career goal is to play in the NFL or go to law school…chose Florida Tech because it’s closer to home and to play football…admires his uncle because he raised him to be the man he is today.

What Coach Raymond is saying: “Landon has the type of character and work ethic that every program needs. He brings an attitude and confidence to our team that will make us a better team both on and off of the field. We’re fortunate to have him at Florida Tech!”


Jeffrey (J.J.) Keels

RB, So., 5-11, 202
Melbourne, Fla. (South Alabama)
Sports Management

Previous School: Attended the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama…also played baseball.

High School: Attended Florida Air Academy…was the Class 1B Player of the Year and a First Team All-State selection his senior year…rated the No. 35 running back in the nation by ESPN.

Personal: Son of Woodrow and Meriko Keels…chose Florida Tech because its close to home, for the academics and to put Florida Tech football on the map…admires his grandfather because he raised him to be the man he is today and is always there for him.

What Coach Martin is saying: “Adding J.J. to an already deep running back group will be a luxury. His ability to catch out of the backfield should make an immediate impact and his skills in the return game will be a huge asset.”


Terrance (T.J.) Lowder Jr.

WR, Sr., 5-11, 186
Panama City, Fla. (Florida International)

Previous School: Attended Florida International University in Miami, Fla…played for three years.

High School: Attended Bay High School in Panama City, Florida…a three-time all-state selection from 2009 to 2011…also competed in track.

Personal: Son of Terrance Lowder, Sr. and Darnice Hughes…has two siblings, Treshaun Lowder and Terrance III…career goal is to graduate with a bachelor’s degree and to continue playing football…admires his great grandmother for raising his grandmother, mother, cousins and himself.

What Coach Martin is saying: “T.J. was a contributor at Florida International and should be able to make an immediate impact. We are excited to have a player of his caliber adding depth to our young receiving corps.”

Carlby Mendes

DE, Fr., 5-11, 240
Mirimar, Fla. (Everglades HS)

High School: Attended Everglades High School.

What Coach Tillman is saying: “An athletic defensive end with good explosion off the ball. Carlby played multiple positions for Everglades High School, from defensive line, offensive line and even full back. We are excited to have Carlby on campus for spring work outs.”


Henry Montgomery III

DB, Fr., 5-11, 170
Gainesville, Fla. (Gainesville HS)
Mechanical Engineering

High School: Attended Gainesville High School…recorded most tackles in Class 6A his senior year…also competed in baseball and track & field…robbed a homerun and made regionals in pole vault.

Personal: Son of Henry Montgomery Jr. and Rita Johnson…has three siblings, Tyreas, Nalani and Jaiden…chose Florida Tech to play football and baseball…post-grad career goal is to possibly coach sports…admires his brothers and sister most because they look up to him, as he is the oldest.

What Coach Tillman is saying: “Henry is a two-sport athlete that excels at both baseball and football. One of our top defensive back prospects, we are excited to have him already enrolled and ready to be a Florida Tech Panther.”


Robbie Anderson

WR, Jr., 6-3, 190
Melrose Park, Fla. (Temple)

Previous School: Attended Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania…led the Owls in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns in 2013…caught 44 passes for a team-high 791 yards and nine touchdowns…played in six games at wide receiver in 2012…also played on the punt return unit.

High School: Attended South Plantation High School…three-year letterwinner who played wide receiver and safety for coach Doug Gatewood…also returned kicks…finished prep career with 81 receptions for 1,160 yards and 17 touchdowns…against Hallandale, had 258 yards and four touchdowns.

Personal: Son of Kim Schubert.

What Coach Silvoy is saying: “Robbie has already proven he can compete at the highest level of college football. His experience and skill set will be a very valuable asset to our WR core. Two things he stressed was the importance of his education and the opportunity to be a leader.“


Cody (David) Howell (8:16 a.m.)

DE/DL, Jr., 6-2, 265
Ocean Springs, Miss. (Murray State)

Previous School: Attended Murray State University in Murray, Ky...also attended the University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

High School: Attended Ocean Springs High School…was named First Team All-State and all-region…recorded 102 tackles as a senior…also played basketball.

Personal: Son of Fred and Lizabeth Howell…has eight siblings…career goals are to coach football and teach…chose Florida Tech because, having grown up in Satellite Beach, he knows the school and wanted to be a part of something special…most admires his parents because of the way they have raised their large family.

What Coach Tillman is saying: “David is an experienced defensive lineman that plays with good leverage and is very explosive off the ball. He has played football at a high level and will bring experience and leadership to the defense.”



Blake Stone (8:30 a.m.)

OL, Jr., 6-1, 275
Jacksonville, Fla. (Charleston Southern)

Previous School: Attended Charleston Southern in Charleston, South Carolina…Played in and started 11 of 13 games at offensive guard in 2013…graded out at 84 percent and totaled 32 knockdowns...stepped up as part of an offensive line that helped Christian Reyes shatter the program’s single season rushing record with 1,254 yards…part of a unit that enabled CSU to lead the country in average time of possession, while ranking 17th in rushing offense…played in eight games on the offensive line in 2012.

High School: Starred under head coach Kevin Sullivan at Atlantic Coast High School...Named the team offensive MVP in 2011 after helping the Stingrays to a 7-3 overall record and a 4-2 league mark.

Personal: Son of Robert and Angela Stone.

What Coach Raymond is saying: "We’re extremely fortunate to have a guy like Blake be a part of our unit up front. He’s tough, smart, physical, and loves to compete. We expect Blake to come in and make an immediate impact and be a vocal leader for our offense.“



Devon Cannon

WR, Fr., 5-10, 170
Cocoa, Fla. (Space Coast HS)

High School: Attended Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School…recognized as two time basketball MVP and offensive clutch performer…registered 947 yards on 51 receptions…awarded seven varsity letters…member of STEAM Academy…also played basketball.

Personal: Son of Tim Cannon and Sandra Williamson…has three brothers, Logan, Paul and Dalton…chose Florida Tech because of its closeness to home, is a nice school and for the football program…career goal is to attain a job in finance and be successful…admires his parents most because they are always there for him.

What Coach Silvoy is saying: “Devon is a gem in Brevard County. He’s an incredible athlete who has the speed and agility to play inside or outside for us. He does a great job of avoiding defenders, finding open windows, and getting yards after catch.“


Austin Evarts

QB, Fr., 6-2, 185
Palm Bay, Fla. (Bayside HS)
Biomedical Engineering

High School: Attended Bayside High School…accumulated 3,300 yards passing and 45 touchdowns through the air over two years…was a Class 6A All-State Honorable Mention honoree.

Personal: Son of Howard and Donna Evarts…career goal is to become a biomedical engineer.

What Coach Martin is saying: “Austin is a big, physical kid and a great student of the game. Coming from local program Bayside High School, we are extremely pleased that he chose to stay close to home.”

Jason Gangwisch

K, Fr., 5-9, 140
Oviedo, Fla. (Lake Howell HS)
Ocean Engineering

High School: Attended Lake Howell High School…a two-time First Team All-Southern Athletic Conference selection…converted a school-record 52-yard field goal…made six-of-seven field goals and all 14 extra point attempts his senior year…converted 10-of-12 field goals and 24-of-24 PAT attempts his junior year…member of National Honor Society…also played soccer.

Personal: Son of Jay and Kim Gangwisch…career goal is to get a job in his field of study after graduation…chose Florida Tech because of the academics and because he feels comfortable with the football team and coaches.

What Coach Sabock is saying: “Jason is a very good kicker with a relentless work ethic to perfect his craft. A student of the kicking game, he brings great talent to our group of specialists.”


Matt Henry

DB, Fr., 6-0, 190
Seville, Fla. (T. DeWitt Taylor HS)

High School: Attended T. DeWitt Taylor High School

What Coach Tillman is saying: “With experience on both sides of the ball, Matt is the high-character, smart type of player that we are happy to fill our football program with.”


Jimmy Hinel

LB, Fr., 6-3, 205
Saint Johns, Fla. (Creekside HS)
Business and Environmental Studies

High School: Attended Creekside High School…was named team captain…recorded over 250 tackles during his career…registered 90 tackles and scored a defensive touchdown his senior year…also competed in track & field.

Personal: Son of Jim and Christine Hinel…has one sister, Erika…career goal is to continue his education and pursue an MBA before securing a rewarding position with a Fortune 500 company…chose Florida Tech for its education and the positive direction of the football team…most admires his sister because she is a great mentor.

What Coach Sabock is saying: “Jimmy is a great athlete from the Jacksonville area. He has the size and athleticism to be a dominant player in the GSC in the future. A very energetic football player who will fly around the field and make plays.”



Jeremiah Hunter

ILB, Fr., 5-11, 195
Ocala, Fla. (Lake Weir HS)

High School: Attended Lake Weir High School…recorded 97 total tackles, including 73 solo stops during his senior year…also registered five sacks.

What Coach Tillman is saying: “A down-hill, aggressive inside linebacker who loves contact. Does a great job playing with his hands and using his quickness to make plays.”


Dallas McCloud

DL, Fr., 6-0, 200
Cadiz, Ky. (Trigg County HS)

High School: Attended Trigg County High School…named all-conference…a three-time captain…led his team in sacks his senior season.

What Coach Tillman is saying: “Dallas is a talented football player and a great young man from the state of Kentucky. We’re excited to get him into our program and get to work.”


Antoine Mora

OL, Fr., 6-3, 280
Riviera Beach, Fla. (Suncoast HS)

High School: Attended Suncoast High School.

What Coach Nahl is saying: “Antoine is a great athlete with a tremendous work ethic. He is exceedingly intelligent, and comes from an academically rigorous high school. He has all of the tools and ambition necessary to have a very successful career here at Florida Tech, both on and off of the field.”


Derek Rivers

DL, Fr., 5-10, 260
Kissimmee, Fla. (Osceola HS)
Sports Management

High School: Attended Osceola High School…helped lead his team to four-straight regional championships and three-straight state semifinals…named all-area and first team all-conference three time from 2012-14…led his conference in sacks in 2013 and 2014…also competed in weightlifting and wrestling.

Personal: Son of Kimberly Brown…has six siblings…career goal is to pursue a career in law enforcement or coaching football…chose Florida Tech for its outstanding academic programs and beautiful campus…most admires his mother because she stuck bedside him through the good and the bad and has molded him into who he is today.

What Coach Sabock is saying: “Derek is a great defensive lineman with relentless pursuit to the ball. He plays with great technique and effort. Derek will be a big asset to our defense and bring great leadership from a top high school program.”



Cameron Smith

RB/WR, Fr., 5-7, 160
Jacksonville, Fla. (The Bolles School)
Sports Management

High School: Attended The Bolles School…also competed in track & field.

Personal: Son of Chevis and Donita Smith…has three brothers, Carlton, CJ and Chris…career goal is to own his own business…chose Florida Tech because of its academics, campus and atmosphere…admires his father who is a retired navy veteran and is the most respectable person he knows.

What Coach Silvoy is saying: “We noticed Cameron this summer at one of our prospect camps. He blew us away with his quickness and explosiveness while competing in one-on-one drills. Coming from Bolles, Cameron will be ready to come in and compete right away without missing a beat.”

Curtis Theis

K, Fr., 6-1, 145
Pensacola, Fla. (Pensacola HS)

High School: Attended Pensacola High School…named to the 2014 Subway High School All-Star Game…earned Second Team PNJ All-Area honors as a senior.

Personal: Son of Chevis and Donita Smith…has three brothers, Carlton, CJ and Chris…career goal is to own his own business…chose Florida Tech because of its academics, campus and atmosphere…admires his father who is a retired navy veteran and is the most respectable person he knows.

What Coach Sabock is saying: “By adding Curtis to our group of specialists he will provide great depth and competition to a solid group of kickers.”

Derek Vogel

LB/RB, Fr., 5-11, 205
DeBary, Fla. (University HS)
Aerospace Engineering

High School: Attended University High School…was the lead blocker for 90 percent of his team’s total offense…also competed in wrestling…member of STEM.

Personal: Son of George and Angela Vogel…has one sister, Gabriella…career goal is to be an aerospace engineer…chose Florida Tech for its engineering program and football team…admires his parents.

What Coach Martin is saying: “Derek is a great kid and has the ability to play on either side of the ball for us. He will be a dedicated contributor to the Panther program.”


Troy Weissenhofer

LB, Fr., 5-11, 215
Homewood, Ill. (Mount Carmel HS)
Construction Management

High School: Attended Mount Carmel High School…helped lead his team to two State Championships and one Prep Bowl Championship…named team captain and first team all-conference his senior season…recorded 57 tackles and four sacks as a senior…registered 36 stops and three sacks as a junior.

Personal: Son of Russell and Sharon Weissenhofer…two sisters, Brett and Kelsey, and one brother, Mitch…career goal is to work with his father as a contractor and take over the family business when his father retires…chose Florida Tech for its construction management program because it’s the best he has ever seen…most admires his father because he built his own company from nothing and made it one of the best ever.

What Coach Sabock is saying: “Troy comes to us from a great high school in the Chicago, Illinois area. He has the tradition of winning in his blood! He is a very instinctive, true middle linebacker that will bring great leadership to our defense.”



Daniel Welch

DB, Fr., 6-1, 190
Melbourne, Fla. (Holy Trinity Episcopal HS)

High School: Attended Holy Trinity Episcopal High School…played quarterback and safety…completed 113 of 176 passes for 1,432 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior.

What Coach Tillman is saying: “A local product who played quarterback and defensive back for Holy Trinity. Daniel is an exciting playmaker that can make things happen with the ball in his hands. He has a great understanding for the game of football and we are excited about what he brings to the defense.”


Max Erdman (7:05 a.m.)

Chose Florida Tech over an offer from Jacksonville

WR, Fr., 5-9, 175
Merritt Island, Fla. (Melbourne Central Catholic HS)

High School: Attended Melbourne Central Catholic High School…recorded a 18 touchdowns, 1,041 receiving yards and 68 rececptions… MCC’s all-time leader in receiving yards…awarded First Team All-State, First Team All-Space Coast and invited to play in the Central Florida All Star game and Brevard County All Star game…member of FCA, NHS and MuAlpha Theta.

Personal: Son of Mike and Freddie Erdman…has six siblings, brothers Mike, Ray, Matt and Will and sisters Anna and Allie…chose Florida Tech for the great campus and football program…admires his family most because they are the most reliable people in his life.

What Coach Silvoy is saying: “We have watched Max over the years play across the street at MCC. He is a very shifty, hard-nosed receiver who is always making the first defender miss in open field. It’s great to have the top talent in the county stay and represent for their hometown.”



Marcus Pettigrew (7:59 a.m.)

LB, Fr., 6-0, 220
Umatilla, Fla. (Mount Dora HS)
Sports Management

High School: Attended Mount Dora High School…recorded 94 total tackles, including 43 solo stops and 51 assisted tackles his senior year…also registered four tackles for loss, four sacks, three bat downs, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery…also ran track and weightlifted.

Personal: Son of Henry Pettigrew and Dorothy Solomon…has two brothers, Henry and Corneilus…relatives who played in college and professionally include cousins Earl Inmon who played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders as well as Joel Maple who played for Bethel College (Kan.) and Kasey Hill who played basketball for Florida…chose Florida Tech for its academics and football program…career goal is to enter the NFL…admires his mom the most because she is his everything.

What Coach Silvoy is saying: “Marcus is a very physical and fundamentally sound middle linebacker. He has great athleticism from sideline to sideline and arrives at the ball with an attitude. Marcus is a great asset to the fast and physical defensive style that we have.”



DeVontae Weekley (7:59 a.m.)

S, Fr., 5-10, 150
Clewiston, Fla. (Clewiston HS)
Computer Engineering

Previous School: Attended Florida Southwestern in Labelle, Florida.

High School: Attended Clewiston High School…awarded three varsity letters…member of National Honor Society and FFA…also played basketball.

Personal: Son of Robert and Dena Weekly…has one brother, Robert Weekley Jr….chose Florida Tech because he believes it has the best engineering program…career goal is to enter the field of computer engineering…admires his parents most because they push him to be the best he can be.

What Coach Tillman is saying: “A speedy, versatile, hard hitting and athletic defensive back with a huge up side. A two-way starter at Clewiston High School that lead his team to an 11-1 record. We feel De’Vontae is athletic enough to play any position in our secondary. He has good cover skills and is very physical at the point of contact.”



Joseph Howell (8:16 a.m.)

DE/LB/FB, Fr., 6-0, 235
Ocean Springs, Miss. (Ocean Springs HS)
Biological Sciences/Pre-med

High School: Attended Ocean Springs High School…led the Gulf Coast in tackles for loss and sacks for a defensive lineman during his senior year…helped his team to the region championship with an 11-1 record…registered over 80 tackles as a senior…also played basketball.

Personal: Son of Fred and Lizabeth Howell…has eight siblings…career goal is to enter the medical field…chose Florida Tech because his sister worked at the school many years ago and he felt like it was an opportunity to receive a great education and play football.

What Coach Tillman is saying: “The brother of David Howell, Joseph is a productive, high motor guy. He makes plays all over the field.”



Kevin Purlett (8:26 a.m.)

Chose Florida Tech over offers from Ave Maria, Florida Atlantic and Florida International

WR, Fr., 6-4, 220
Miramar, Fla. (Miramar HS)

High School: Attended Miramar High School.

What Coach Silvoy is saying: “Kevin has the prototypical size you want in a wide receiver. Being 6-4 with incredible ball skills allows us to put the ball anywhere knowing he can come away with it. I am extremely excited to start working with him to help reach his maximum potential.”


Tyler Brentzel (8:34 a.m.)

Chose Florida Tech over offers from Mississippi College, West Alabama and West Florida

OL, Fr., 6-1, 265
Spanish Fort, Ala. (Spanish Fort HS)
Chemical Engineering

High School: Attended Spanish Fort High School...named scholastic athlete and Second Team All-state…member of FCA, National Honors Society and Mu Alpha Theta.

Personal: Son of Brian and Janet Brentzel…has two sisters, Mackenzie and Chelsea…chose Florida Tech for the academic challenge…career goal is become a chemical engineer…admires God most because he gave him life and opportunity.

What Coach Raymond is saying: “Tyler comes from a big time high school program in the state of Alabama. He’s a winner, he knows how to compete, and won’t accept losing. He’s a tremendously hard worker both on the field and in the classroom, and we know he will excel here at Florida Tech!”



Joey Caruso (8:49 a.m.)

Chose Florida Tech over offers from Davidson and Jacksonville

ATH, Fr., 6-2, 210
Hudson, Fla. (Hudson HS)

High School: Attended Hudson High School…named skill player of the year…a First Team All-FACA, First Team All-Sunshine Athletic Conference and First Team All-County selection.

Personal: Son of John and Marissa Stramiello…has three brothers, Giovanni, Matthew and James…career goal is to be a pilot…chose Florida Tech for the quality of academics and football team.

What Coach Sabock is saying: “Joey played seven position his senior year, which is pretty impressive. Joey is a true football player. He is a great sized athlete who will play multiple positions on our team including many on special teams.”



Simon (Scoop) Williams IV (9:13 a.m.)

Chose Florida Tech over offers from FAU, FIU and Lafayette

WR, Fr., 6-1, 170
Bradenton, Fla. (Palmetto HS)

High School: Attended Palmetto High School… awarded most valuable receiver in 2013 and 2014…hauled in 28 catches for 401 yards and four touchdowns his senior year…also played baseball.

Personal: Son of Simon Williams III and Dora Santana…has a brother and sister, Simanda and Xavier…chose Florida Tech because it was the perfect fit…post-grad goal is to enter the draft, play professionally and become a graphic designer after a football career…admires his little brother most because he means the world to him.

What Coach Silvoy is saying: “Simon is an extremely polished wide receiver. He runs very crisp routes and really understands the importance of all the little details it takes to become great. It’s always exciting having a player with his versatility and playmaking ability in our offense.”



Brandon Ziarno (9:13 a.m.)

Chose Florida Tech over offers from West Florida and UT-Martin

QB, Fr., 6-2, 193
Melbourne, Fla. (Melbourne Central Catholic HS)

High School: Attended Melbourne Central Catholic High School…recorded 3,000 yards, 49 touchdowns and just two interceptions during his senior year while helping the team reach the state playoffs…a two-time first team all-state selection… holds numerous Brevard County records.

Personal: Son of UCF alums Jim and Lorri Ziarno…father competed collegiately for UCF…has one sister, Taylor…chose Florida Tech for its academics and athletics…post-grad goals are to succeed in his chosen career…admires Peyton Manning most because he is the best at what he does.

What Coach Martin is saying: “Brandon is one of the most decorated quarterbacks to ever come out of the Space Coast area. I believe he exemplifies every quality you want in a quarterback, not only is he a great athlete but he is a coach’s son and he really understands the game. I’m excited to get him on campus and start working with him.”



Kyle Gullikson (9:38 a.m.)

P/K/LB, Fr., 6-0, 195
Titusville, Fla. (Titusville HS)
Ocean Engineering

High School: Attended Titusville high school…recognized as Scholar Athlete, special Teams player of the Year, all-conference as a punter, second team safety and Most Versatile Player…awarded three varsity letters…member of Interact Club, National Honor Society and chosen as leadership member of Assembly for RYLA…also played soccer and ran track.

Personal: Son of Gregory and Lori Gullikson…has four siblings, Eric, Amy, Jenny and Anna…chose Florida Tech to receive an excellent education…post-grad goal is to get a job in the field of engineering and raise a family…admires his brother Eric most because he’s always looked up to him.

What Coach Sabock is saying: “Kyle is a great athlete who plays multiple positions. He will be a very skilled athlete for us who will be able to help in the kicking game as a punter or kickoff specialist. Another great athletic addition to our team.”



Marquise Lewis (9:45 a.m.)

Chose Florida Tech over an offer from Lindenwood (Ill.)

OLB, Fr., 6-1, 190
Cocoa, Fla. (Cocoa HS)

High School: Attended Cocoa High School…was the defensive MVP of the central Florida All-Star Game…named First Team All-Cape Coast Conference.

Personal: Son of Marlon Lewis and Donna Utai…has three siblings, Mike, Malik and Mia…brother of Mike Ferguson, current football player for Florida Tech…chose Florida Tech because of its closeness to home, academics and great football program…admires Troy Polamalu most because he’s Samoan.

What Coach Tillman is saying: “Marquise is a rangy, high IQ, athletic linebacker, with his best football ahead of him. He is a student of the game and has a natural feel for playing the linebacker position. He is the brother of Florida Tech Panther Mike Ferguson.”



Robert Foy (9:49 a.m.)

Chose Florida Tech over offers from Alcorn St., Southern and Valparaiso

WR, Fr., 5-10, 190
Miramar, Fla. (Flanagan HS)

High School: Attended Flanagan High School…part of District and Regional championship team that went 13-1 his senior year…recorded 35 catches for 500 yards and eight touchdowns during his senior season…also competed in wrestling and track.

Personal: Son of Robert Foy…has four siblings, Kenan, Malik, T’Keyah and Amani…chose Florida Tech for the academics and its location.

What Coach Silvoy is saying: “Robert is a wide receiver who can really take the top off of coverages. On top of his speed, his strength and relentless effort make him a “do-it-all” type of player for us. His high school coach described him as the perfect example when it came to doing all the right things all the time.”



Noah Bringas (9:55 a.m.)

Chose Florida Tech over offers from Northern Michigan and Bentley

OL, Fr., 6-4, 310
Davie, Fla. (American Heritage HS)
Sports Management

High School: Attended American Heritage School in Plantation, Florida…graduated with a 3.3 ERA…helped lead his team to state championships in 2013 and 2014…named first team all-county in 2014 and second team all-county in 2013…also competed in lacrosse and track.

Personal: Son of Ozzie and Stephanie Bringas…has one brother and one sister, Stefan and Danielle…career goal is to become a general manager of an athletic team…chose Florida Tech because of its great coaching staff and academic opportunities.

What Coach Raymond is saying: “We like winners, and Noah is a winner. He played at American Heritage in Plantation, which is one of the best high school programs in the state of Florida, and they won a lot of games. Noah’s a guy who wants to play immediately and be a contributor to our success, and we believe he’s capable of doing so.”



Antwuan Haynes (11:04 a.m.)

Chose Florida Tech over an offer from Fordham

RB/S, Fr., 5-7, 146
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Plantation HS)

High School: Attended Plantation High School…graduated with a 3.6 GPA…recorded 2,745 yards and 43 touchdowns on 377 carries during his career…awarded Second Team All-Broward County and First Team Sleeper Athlete honors…earned four varsity letters.

Personal: Son of Dexter and Mahalia Haynes…has three siblings, Jaquan, Jamari and Lataris…chose Florida Tech because it feels like home and he believes his abilities can help the football program further…goals are to excel in the classroom, get a degree, make his football career last as long as possible and take care of his family.

What Coach Martin is saying: “Adding a young running back to a seasoned backfield, Antwuan will bring a new dimension to our backfield. Not only was he blessed with great speed but he can make people miss in the open field. Antwuan will make an impact in our return game the moment he steps on campus. He has the ability to score from anywhere on the field.”



Trevor Olds (1:05 p.m.)

Chose Florida Tech over an offer West Florida

OL, Fr., 6-5, 275
Niceville, Fla. (Niceville HS)

High School: Attended Niceville High School…was a first team all-area selection…helped team to a district championship his senior year…also competed in track & field.

Personal: Son of Dale and Hillary Olds…has a twin brother, Garrett…also has one sister, Mallory…career goal is to be a real estate mogul…chose Florida Tech for its high academic prestige and the bright future of the football program…admires his father for his mental fortitude and perseverance.

What Coach Raymond is saying: “Trevor comes from a fantastic football program in Niceville High School, from which come tough, hard-nosed, physical athletes. He has outstanding athletic abilities, and is a tremendous student in the classroom. He is going to have a tremendous career on the field, and even more success once he graduates.”



Kamal Pestaina (1:05 p.m.)

LB/SS, Fr., 5-11, 200
Miami, Fla. (Miami Killian HS)

High School: Attended Miami Killian High School…competed in the Public vs. Private All-Star Game…helped lead his team to the Class 8A District 16 title…registered 80 tackles and four forced fumbles his senior year.

Personal: Son of Khary Pestaina and Cynthia Leandre…career goal is to get a well-paying engineering job…chose Florida Tech for its strong engineering program…admires Elon Musk for his involvement in the US space industry.

What Coach Sabock is saying: “Kamal is a fundamentally sound linebacker who plays tremendously hard. He is very athletic and covers every area of the field with his great hustle. He will also be a great asset on our special teams units.”