Head coach Steve Englehart and the Florida Tech football team will unveil its 2016 signing class on Wednesday, Feb. 3 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 and video highlights of 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 fifth 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.
- OT, Jr., 6-4, 280
- North Miami Beach, Fla. (ASA Miami)
Previous School: Attended ASA College in Miami, Florida...played on the Silver Storm offensive line.
High School: Attended J.P. Taravella High School in Coral Springs, Florida.
- DE, So., 6-1, 235
- Columbus, Ohio (Iowa Western CC)
Previous School: Attended Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa...played linebacker for the Reivers.
High School: Attended Beechcroft High School in Columbus, Ohio.
- WR, Jr., 6-1, 185
- Bradenton, Fla. (New Mexico Military)
Previous School: Attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico...played wide receiver for the Broncos...caught 15 passes for 289 yards and five touchdowns as a sophomore...also completed one pass for a 17-yard touchdown.
High School: Attended Braden River High School in Bradenton, Florida.
- OL, Sr., 6-4, 315
- Miami, Fla. (Jackson State)
Previous School: Attended Jackson State University in Jackson Mississippi...as a junior, was a member of the offensive line that helped lead the JSU offense to score 252 points and record 4,089 total yards (1086 rushing yards and 3003 passing yards)...as a sophomore, was a member of the offensive line that helped lead the JSU offense to score 310 points and record 4,513 total yards (1227 rushing yards and 3286 passing yards)...as a freshman, was a member of the offensive line that helped lead the JSU offense to score 313 points and record 4,571 total yards (2,140 rushing yards and 2,431 passing yards).
High School: Attended Valero High School in Miami, Florida.
- WR, Jr., 6-0, 185
- Hialeah, Fla. (New Mexico Military)
Previous School: Attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico...played wide receiver for the Broncos...caught 15 passes for 306 yards and a pair touchdowns in only four games as a sophomore...caught 12 passes for 285 yards and a score as a freshman.
High School: Attended Weston Hialeah High School in Hialeah, Florida.
- DL, Jr., 6-2, 260
- 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.
- QB, Jr., 6-4, 230
- Clearwater, Fla. (Presbyterian)
Prevoius School: Attended Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina...started eight games as a sophomore, passing for 1,472 yards and eight touchdowns...completed 128-244 passes with eight interceptions...also ran for 360 yards and made five trips to the end zone on the ground...as a freshman, appeared in six games passing for 560 yards and four scores.
High School: Three-year letterwinner...played for Mark Everett at Dunedin HS...two-star recruit by ESPNU...threw for 2,800 yards and 33 touchdowns as a freshman...totaled 1,100 passing yards as a junior...had 20 total touchdowns that season, including eight on the ground...recorded 1,500 yards passing his senior season...had nine passing touchdowns and three rushing scores as a senior...named to the All-GFL squad his rookie campaign...two-time team captain...earned all-district honors as a junior...garnered honorable mention all-Suncoast accolades as a senior...led the squad to three district titles.
Personal: Son of Jeff and Colleen Singer...has two brothers, Jeffrey and Michael
- LB, Jr., 5-11, 205
- Titusville, Fla. (South Dakota State)
Prevoius School: Attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota...Played in all 14 gamesas as a true freshman with 14 starts...recorded tackle for loss in collegiate debut, at Missouri...registered seven tackles, including one for loss, and a pass breakup in home debut, versus Cal Poly...blocked a kick, forced a fumble and made three stops in win over Wisconsin-Oshkosh...in first career start, matched season high with seven tackles and tallied first career interception in regular season matchup at North Dakota State...posted first career sack in road win at Indiana State...started final three games in November, including Football Championship Subdivision playoff game at Montana State...closed season with five-tackle performance in playoff contest at North Dakota State.
High School: Attended Astronaut High School in Titusville, Florida...recorded more than 100 tackles in each of his varsity seasons...earned all-conference, All-Space Coast and second-team all-state honors during a prep career in which he forced 20 fumbles, intercepted five passes and scored four touchdowns.
- OL, Fr., 6-2, 292
- Miami, Fla. (Christopher Columbus HS)
High School: Attended Christopher Columbus High School in Miami Florida.
Personal: Son of Michele Mazin…career goal is to own his own physical therapy facility…chose Florida Tech for the pre-med program…admires his uncle because he is very goal oriented and accomplishes his goals…in school, he was a member of the national Honors Society.
- QB, Fr., 6-1, 190
- Clearwater, Fla. (Countryside HS)
High School: Attended Countryside High School in Clearwater, Florida…in football, he recorded 19 throwing touchdowns, 12 running touchdowns and broke the record for most yards in a season and most completions…in football, won districts after 4 years going 9-1.
Personal: Son of Jim and Stacy Chmelik…brothers James and Cody played Division II football…career goal is to work in the field of astronomy…chose Florida Tech because it is close to home and its great academics…admires Coach Sabock because he is a good guy.
- DL, Fr., 6-3, 240
- Weston, Fla. (University School of NSU)
High School: Attended University School of NSU in Davie, Florida.
Personal: Son of Pablo and Valeria Savotinsky…chose Florida Tech for its football team…admires his dad because he is a hard worker…in school he was a member of the National Honors Society.
- WR, Fr., 5-11, 160
- Maitland, Fla. (Edgewater HS)
High School: Attended Edgewater High School in Orlando, Florida…participated in basketball, football and track….in football, he recorded 37 career touchdowns and 2000+ receiving yards.
Personal: Son of Bradley and Betsy Watkins…career goal is to play professional football…chose Florida Tech for its academics and football…admires his parents.
- DB, Fr., 5-11, 170
- Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas HS)
High School: Attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida…played football and participated in track & field…helped team win back-to-back state championships in 2014 and 2015 in football…track & field team also won state championships…received Brad McKinney Memorial Award in track & field in 2015…member of Unity Council for football team…academically, he was a member of several National Honor Societies.
Personal: Son of Dennis and Veda Wright…father Dennis played football at Auburn University…career goal is to be an entertainment lawyer…chose Florida Tech because of the football coaches and players…admires his father because he knows him the best.
- OL, Fr., 6-4, 280
- San Antonio, Texas (Clark HS)
High School: Attended Clark High School in San Antonio, Texas…was a member of the Cougar's offensive line.
- OL, Fr., 6-4, 290
- Vero Beach, Fla. (Vero Beach HS)
High School: Attended Vero Beach High School in Vero Beach, Florida….awarded ESPN top 32 and all area 1st team as a junior.
Personal: Son of Ed and Sherry Hendricks.
- TE, Fr., 6-4, 230
- Tamarac, Fla. (J.P. Taravella HS)
High School: Attended J.P. Taravella High School in Tamarac, Florida…in football, he was the team leader in receptions and receiving yards.
Personal: Son of Ken and Maragaret Hiteman…career goal is to work in psychology or be a firefighter…chose Florida Tech because it is a good fit for him.
- DB, Fr., 6-2, 180
- Rockledge, Fla. (Rockledge HS)
High School: Attended Rockledge High School in Rockledge, Florida…participated in football, basketball and track…awarded team MVP in 2014 and placed fifth in the regional triple jump competition.
Personal: Willie Parker and Willette Hill…chose Florida Tech because of the high profile education and up and coming football program…career goal is to find a job that pays well and suits his character and personality…admires his mother because she raised him and his siblings as a single mother.
- OL, Fr., 6-3, 305
- Coral Springs, Fla. (J.P. Taravella HS)
High School: Attended J.P. Taravella High School in Coral Springs, Florida…participated in football and wrestling.
Personal: Son of Jerry and Barbara Sheridan…Step dad Jerry played football in college…chose Florida Tech for its academics and believes it is a good fit for him.
- TE, Fr., 6-3, 220
- Pompano Beach, Fla. (Pompano Beach HS)
High School: Attended Pompano Beach High School in Pompano Beach, Florida…participated in football and basketball…won back-to-back SFC championships…recorded 45 rec, 862 yards and 8 touchdowns.
Personal: Son of Victoria Young…career goal is to be a C.E.O…chose Florida Tech for its football program and rigorous engineering classes…admires his mother for raising him single handedly.
- DE, Fr., 6-3, 225
- North Miami, Fla. (Champagnet Catholic School)
High School: Champagnet Catholic School in Hialeah, Florida…In 2015 participated in the TOC Miami-Dade North vs. South All Star Game.
Personal: Son of Joseph and Marie Lucas…chose Florida Tech because it is close to home and its academics.
- DE, Fr., 6-3, 200
- St. Petersburg, Fla. (Palmetto HS)
High School: Attended Palmetto High School in Palmetto, Florida…participated in football and weightlifting…awarded defensive captain of the year.
Personal: Son of Darrell Pittman and Gina Henry…chose Florida Tech for the engineering program.
- WR, Fr., 6-3, 190
- Pickerington, Ohio (McArthur HS)
High School: Attended Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines, Florida…participated in football and track…won district and regional championships.
Personal: Son of Sharese Watkins…chose Florida Tech because of the influence of the coaches and the football program… admires both of his parents because they have been through a lot and are successful.
- DB, Fr., 5-8, 155
- Fort Myers, Fla. (Riverdale HS)
High School: Attended Riverdale High School in Fort. Myers, Florida…in football, he recorded 9 interceptions and 82 tackles.
Personal: Son of Daniel and Marie Maliuert…brother Edwin plays football at Central Iowa...sister Lovely plays basketball at Hillsborough Community College…career goal is to be a mechanical engineer…chose Florida Tech for its academics and because the coaches treated him like family.
- DB, Fr., 5-11, 170
- Simpsonville, S.C. (Hillcrest HS)
High School: Attended Hillcrest High School in Simpsonville, South Carolina…participated in football and track….in football, helped team win 1st state championship in 2014….in track, won 1st region track championship in 2015.
Personal: Son of William and Vannetta Martin…career goal is to work in the field of Aerospace Engineering…chose Florida Tech for its Aerospace Engineering program…admires his parents.
- WR, Fr., 5-8, 180
- Greenville, S.C. (Hillcrest HS)
High School: Attended Hillcrest High School in Simpsonville, South Carolina….participated in football and track…in football, helped win state championships in 2014….in track, won the 4x100 state championship in 2015.
Personal: Son of Brian Spurgeon and Yolanda Fleming…chose Florida Tech for its academics.
- LB, Fr., 5-8, 190
- Miami, Fla. (Miami Northwestern HS)
High School: Attended Miami Northwestern High School in Miami, Florida…awarded most tackles on the football team for two years…awarded student-athlete award and played in the Miami-Dade North vs. South All Star Game.
Personal: Son of Henry and Kimberly Banks….career goal is to teach at an elementary school…chose Florida Tech for academics and its environment…admires his mom the most because she overcame obstacles and raised him well.
- DL, Fr., 5-11, 270
- Pembroke Pines, Fla. (Flanagan HS)
High School: Attended Charles W. Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines, Florida….participated in Football and won state championships.
Personal: Son of Devin Bus and Jemeica Ray…chose Florida Tech because of the great coaching staff.
- DB, Fr., 6-0, 180
- Pembroke Pines, Fla. (Pembroke Pines Charter HS)
High School: Attended Pembroke Pines Charter High School in Pembroke Pines, Florida...was a varsity team captain...received a 3.23 S.T.E.A.L.T.H. rating...was a member of the S.T.E.A.L.T.H. top-35.
Personal: Son of Jakub and Kay Martinek…would like to go to medical school after graduation…chose Florida Tech for its excellent academic program and football program…admires his family for always supporting him.