FIU commitments react to firing

Coaches get fired. It is part of the business of college football.

McCollum will give Indiana a serious look.

In most cases, a firing is expected or at least foreshadowed by what occurs on the field leading up to that moment. On Wednesday, when news broke that FIU had parted ways with head coach Mario Cristobal, many were shocked, including a number of current commitments to the Golden Panthers.

“I’m very shocked,” Miami (Fla.) North three-star cornerback Troy McCollum said. “I’m speechless.”

The 6-foot-1, 170-pound defensive back has been committed to FIU since August. Now, he is considering opening things back up.

“I honestly would say yeah,” McCollum said when asked if he was going to open things up. “Coach Cristobal is a good coach in every aspect. To see him go is shocking.”

McCollum says he will consider other schools, mentioning specifically that Indiana is in the thick of it for his services.

He is far from the only one surprised.

Miami (Fla.) Belen Jesuit Prep three-star cornerback Xavier Hines also chimed in.

“I’m shocked,” Hines said. “I’m trying to look for more answers to why this happened.”

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound defensive back who also committed in August says he will now look at some others, if they come calling.

“A little,” Hines said when asked if he was going to open things up. “Im going to open myself back up to more schools.

“I’m going to contact some schools and if any call me back or reach out to me and I get an offer, then I’ll take a visit,” Hines added.

Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee three-star cornerback Willie Smith, who is focusing on a semifinal playoff game at this time, says the change in status for Cristobal may lead him to back off his commitment that he made in September to the Golden Panthers.

“I might have to pull out,” Smith said.

Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood two-star offensive guard is also considering backing off his commitment.

“It definitely changes my look on things,” Rocker said. “I’m going to start looking around some more.”

Rocker mentioned that he has drawn interest from Iowa State, Marshall, and Miami.

How shocking is the timing of Cristobal’s departure? No commitment better demonstrated that than Miramar (Fla.) two-star wide receiver Sean Avant.

“I didn’t even know,” Avant said. “I had just committed yesterday.

"That is real crazy," Avant added. "I just talked to him last night. He was so fired up about my commitment."

Avant isn't sure where his commitment stands at this moment.

“That is a bit upsetting to me,” Avant said.

FIU currently has 14 commitments which can be seen here. Their class is ranked No. 72 overall and No. 6 in Conference-USA.

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