Recruiting in Tallahassee, Florida has become a hot topic of conversation in regards to the Florida State Seminoles football program, particularly since Jimbo Fisher took over in 2010. Consistent classes ranking near or inside the Top 10 have become a regular occurrence under this regime.
While the recruiting staff continues to build the 2014 class, we won’t no until next February where the class stands overall, obviously. However, while nothing is ever definitive until all of the LOIs are signed and the entire class can be properly evaluated, we’re starting to see a trend pertaining to the 2014 FSU recruiting class.
Florida State may be slowly turning itself into this generation’s version of ‘Linebacker U.’ Sorry, Penn State fans, but it’s true.
Earlier today, the ‘Noles secured the commitment of 4-star OLB Jacob Pugh out of Tallahassee. Pugh chose to stay in his hometown, as opposed to committing to offers from the Alabama Crimson Tide and the rival Florida Gators.
This marks the third major linebacker grab for Jimbo Fisher and staff in this class. Pugh joins the already-committed 5-star ILB Kain Daub and 4-start ILB Delvin Purifoy.
Now, what exactly does Pugh bring to the table with him? The answer is, a lot of potential that could be molded into something special.
Athleticism is no issue whatsoever for this young man. He is the epitome of what an outside linebacker in today’s speedy college football world should be. He’s versatile, has decent cover skills–which are required from an OLB now more than ever, and can make the big hits when necessary. At 6-4 and 221-pounds, it’s scary to imagine what he can turn in to once he begins his college development, especially when he learns the cerebral science that is effective blitzing from the outside.
While most eyes this season will be on the Seminole’s redshirt freshman QB phenom Jameis Winston, it appears that those eyes in 2014 may be shifting towards the opposite side of the ball.