Theliar makes his decision

The journey of Butler WR Edgard Theliar (6-3, 190) is almost complete. After transferring from College of the Desert, he says he's happy to be a part of one of the top JC programs in the country and he's currently working hard with his teammates getting ready for the start of fall camp. However, he took care of some business this week when he made a commitment to a school from his home state.

"I committed to Florida International this week," Theliar told on Thursday evening. "I just decided that it was close to home and with the way coach (Mario) Cristobal has built up his staff it's pretty amazing.

"They have coaches from big schools there and coaching us up and he's brought in the strength and conditioning coach from Miami and (Cristobal) from the U, so it's a top notch staff and they are building a top notch program."

Theliar turned down offers from Hawaii, Oregon and South Florida to accept the offer from the Golden Panthers, but he said he's still keeping an open mind.

"I'm glad I committed to them, but it's still really early on," Theliar said. "I love their school and their program, but I want to keep an open mind on things.

"I'm going to take some visits, either during the season or shortly after it's over, and then I will be 100% sure."

Theliar prepped at Manatee High School in Bradenton, Florida and was an outstanding D-1 prospect, but a family situation took precedence over his school work so he had to go to a JC and he decided on College of the Desert in southern California.

"They were the one school who was always checking up on me and making sure I was doing ok," Theliar told back in April. "They really made me feel at home and I loved the coaches and my receivers coach a lot."

But some financial problems reared their ugly head this spring and Theliar had a decision to make.

"Financially it just wasn't working out for me there," Theliar said. "I liked my time there, but honestly, being here at Butler is the best situation for me.

"Me and Tyrece Gaines are going to be formidable this fall. We've been out here working out together for the past couple days and man, defenses are going to be in trouble.

"He's so big and he's fast and I think we'll complement each other well."

Theliar said his mind is on Butler's first opponent, an August 28th matchup vs. Blinn.

"That game is going to be off the hook," Theliar said. "They are a great program and we are great program, so it should be a lot of fun to play in and I think we'll give them all they can take."

With his size and speed (4.4), Theliar is a wideout that has a chance to take it the distance anytime he gets his hands on the ball and he put up huge numbers at COD last fall posting 56 receptions for over 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Theliar said he's still on pace to graduate this December so he'll be able to sign and be on campus for spring practices wherever he ultimately ends up.

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