It has always been a dream for Aqeel Glass to play Division I football.
On Wednesday, the Class of 2017 quarterback at Lutheran North High School in St. Louis took a big step toward doing that that when he made a verbal commitment to Florida International University, which he announced via his Twitter account.
“It’s amazing, honestly, to get (the opportunity) from any university,” Glass said. “But especially a university like FIU and a coach like Ron Turner who has had success in not only college but the NFL.”
Glass, a 6-foot-5, 220-pounder, received the offer from FIU a couple weeks ago but hadn’t had a chance to visit the Miami campus until Wednesday.
What made FIU the right fit?
“All the coaches and the staff are all focused on bettering you and making you a better man and a better player,” Glass said.
Glass said he got a chance to talk with everyone on his unofficial visit. The atmosphere, the weather and coaching staff were the highlights of his trip to South Florida.
The quarterback’s visit also gave him a chance to see how he would fit in with what Turner and the Golden Panthers want to do offensively.
“They were saying that they like to throw the ball deep and they said I have a lot of arm strength and they need a guy who can get the ball out quick and make efficient decisions to get downfield and they said I fit all of that,” Glass said.
As a junior, in 2015, Glass completed 56.1 percent of his passes for 2,811 yards, with 32 touchdowns against 14 interceptions, and also ran for eight touchdowns.