Seminoles take local long snapper Gabbard


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- In what's certainly looking like a full recruiting class, Florida State has decided to put a long snapper on scholarship.

Stephen Gabbard (Tallahassee, Fla./Godby), a 6-foot-3, 220-pound prospect, accepted an offer from the Seminoles to join the roster on scholarship.

"I am officially committed to play football at Florida State on scholarship," he said.

Jimmie Tyson, the Godby special teams coordinator, raves about Gabbard's ability.

"He is a talented young man," said Jimmie Tyson, the Godby special teams coordinator. "He has a wonderful work ethic. He is at practice early every day, stays late and works on his craft. He is always on us as coaches to make sure his time is down and where it should be."

Gabbard is a teammate of four-star linebacker pledge Jacob Pugh (Tallahassee, Fla./Godby). Both plan to stay home as teammates at Florida State.