Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Five inside linebackers for 2014
By Corey Dowlar
NoleNation takes a look at five inside linebacker prospects for the Class of 2014 that have already piqued Florida State's interest.
Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood): Although committed to LSU, physical junior Kain Daub doesn't appear to be as solid as he was a month ago. At 6-foot-3, 227 pounds, Daub already has offers from a who's who of college football, including Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Ohio State, South Carolina, UCLA and most recently, USC. The Seminoles have had good success in Jacksonville in the past, primarily at First Coast High School, but this will be a much harder assignment.
Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County): McMillian, an ESPN Watch List member, figures to be one of the top-rated players in the state of Georgia for 2014. Both Georgia and Ohio State have made an impact on him early, but there is a long way to go until crossing the finish line. His other offers include Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Miami, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Texas A&M, and USC. McMillan isn't expected to make a decision until late in his senior year.
Hoza Scott will be a tough pull for the Seminoles, but FSU gave itself a chance by offering the Texas prospect early.
Delvin Purifoy (Pensacola, Fla./Catholic): Florida State is probably in the driver's seat early on for Purifoy having recruited him earlier than most, if not all, programs. South Alabama, USF and Tennessee have also offered and Florida is showing strong interest. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker has been to several Seminoles games this season aand likely will visit again for the regular season finale when FSU hosts the Gators in late November.
Shaun Dion Hamilton (Montgomery, Ala./Carver): The key to getting any top-flight prospect out of Alabama is getting involved early, and that's exactly what Florida State has done with Hamilton. Offering along with the Seminoles are Auburn, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami, Mississippi, and Tennessee. While it is never easy to get an ESPN Watch List member away from the in-state powers, recruiting coordinator Dameyune Craig has had relative success in doing so. FSU will hope that continues here.
Hoza Scott (La Porte, Texas/La Porte): At 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, Scott has the ideal build for a middle linebacker. Considered a Texas and Texas A&M battle, he has early offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon and USC, too. Sure, the Seminoles have a lot to do here, but they've at least gotten a foot in the door with an early offer.