Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Silence is golden for FSU commit Daub
By Corey Dowlar
Call Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) the strong, silent type. He has never been shy about his lack of affinity for the recruiting process.
He's certainly not anti-social, but when it comes to his recruitment, the calls from coaches and reporters, the mail and all that comes with it, he keeps the answers short.
Kain Daub is the highest-ranked player in Florida State's 2014 class.
The good news for Daub is that the annoyance, for the most part, should be in the rearview mirror. He's now committed to Florida State with a decision that appears set in stone.
"I am really relieved now. I just get to work on recruiting kids and stuff,” said Daub who committed to the Seminoles on April 6. "There are a couple of kids that I met from camps and stuff. Guys like Jacques Patrick (Orlando, Fla./Timber Creek)."
Ranked No. 36 overall in the ESPN 150, Daub already has heard it all.
He has a former teammate, DeMarcus Walker, at Florida State already. Plus there are plenty of other top prospects from the Jacksonville area that would like to lure him to their school of choice.
But he also thinks that advice, or suggestions, that are sincere and from other players hold a different kind of weight. They are something you can put stock into.
"Player to player, you always want to listen, because it is another player," Daub said. "You want to know his opinion. When it is a coach, you are like, 'How does he know?' So when a player talks about it, I think you can relate more."
With his decision now made, the nation’s second-ranked linebacker’s focus has turned to life at Florida State. And he won't have to wait much longer.
Daub and his family have decided to get a jumpstart on his Seminoles career by enrolling early and forgoing his final semester in high school.
But because Jacksonville is just a short ride down Interstate 10 from Tallahassee, Daub doesn't feel like he will be missing much in the meantime.
"I love the coaches, and it is close to home," he said. "And I feel like I can get an early start when I early enroll.
"I think it is all worth it. You can always make friends no matter where you go. If it is really important to me, I guess I can always come back (home). My mom can come pick me up, and I can go to prom or senior trip or walk, whatever."
Much has been made of Daub's relationship with defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, but Charles Kelly, the new linebackers coach from Georgia Tech, has played his part, too. Daub and his future position coach have been able to hit it off well.
"He brings some great energy and he is a great coach," he said. "He just really knows what he is talking about. He can relate to kids and help us go through what we are going through.”
If it seems like Daub has been on campus nearly every other week at Florida State, well, that's probably because he has been. Surely, the FSU coaches don’t mind the 6-foot-3, 243-pound prospect’s presence.
He's taking the time to learn all he can before he reports himself in January but is doing his best not to intrude too much.
"When I go to practices, I'll go into defensive meetings and stuff," he said. "Other than that, I don't try to take up too much time. They have their own stuff to do. I am just happy to be there."
Short and to the point, what would you expect from the strong, silent type?