Saturday, February 23, 2013
LB Kain Daub has two out in front
By Corey Dowlar
ESPN Watch List linebacker Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) is zeroing in on two programs.
A former commitment to LSU, the 6-foot-2, 243-pound linebacker is still looking at the SEC West, but also an ACC program.
Daub has Alabama and Florida State one and two, but not in any particular order.
His most recent trip was to Tallahassee to check out a basketball game and visit the football facilities.
"I went to Florida State two weeks ago," Daub said. "I went to the Duke-Florida State basketball game and I just hung out with the coaches all day."
A former teammate of Daub's, DeMarcus Walker, enrolled at FSU not too long ago. And every time he visits, Daub makes sure to see his old friend.
"Every time I go down there I see DeMarcus," he said. "I hang out with him for a little bit and see what he's up to."
The Seminoles' strongest advantage seems to lie in their coaches' relationships with Daub. Jeremy Pruitt, the new defensive coordinator, has been recruiting Daub for several years now.
But Daub insists it isn't just Pruitt that he likes.
"It is probably the best relationship that I have with any college coach right now," he said. "I've known him since I was a freshman and he was the first coach I met at Nease. He told me to just keep working and that he would definitely come back at me when I get older.
"Coach [Charles] Kelly, Coach [Odell] Haggins, Coach [Jimbo] Fisher, all of them. I have a good relationship with all of them."
Alabama, meanwhile, sells itself.
Having won several national championships over the last few seasons, Daub says he can't afford not to check out the Crimson Tide if they are interested.
"I just like that they are a dominant program," he said. "You have to respect them. You always have to give them a look if you have that offer.
Defensive coordinator Kirby Smart is leading the way in the Tide's courtship of Daub.
Smart, and the rest of the Alabama defensive coaches, believe he has the ideal size and speed to play inside in the Tide's defensive scheme.
"Coach Kirby [Smart]," he said. "We have a strong relationship. I wouldn't say as strong as Florida State's, but we talk every now and then.
"They like my size and how fast I am and how I play middle linebacker."
Daub said he will take visits to both Alabama and Florida State soon, but has not set official dates for either trip yet.
As for LSU, Daub said it's pretty quiet considering he hasn't spoken to them since he originally committed to the Tigers.
"No relationship at all," he said.
An offer that Daub doesn't have, but wouldn't mind getting, comes from the opposite side of the country. Oregon, known for its flashy uniforms and recent success in the Pac-12, has his attention.
"I don't think they've offered me yet," he said. "They've never been by the school. But they are interested in me, they send me mail and stuff. I like their uniforms, it is so far away from home and it is something new."
Daub mentioned Tennessee, LSU and Miami as other favorite programs at this point in the process.