- David Helman, Reporter, RecruitingNation
Linebacker Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) is no longer a commitment for LSU's 2014 class, his mother confirmed Tuesday.
"We were kind of talking about, did he commit too early?" said Jeannie Daub. "It's not that he doesn't want to go to LSU. I think it's more that he wants to go to some camps, and he wants to go on some visits. There's some other schools that he wants to visit that he'd probably never get a chance to go visit otherwise."
Daub's reversal is the latest blurb in a long line of recruiting news for the Tigers this week -- though this is the first instance of bad news for LSU. The ESPN Watch List member projects to be one of the top players in the state of Florida next season, and he'll likely be one of the best defenders in the nation.
The decommitment doesn't come as a huge surprise with Daub, as he recently allowed earlier this season that he'd reopen his recruitment to other schools after having shut it down. The Tigers were hoping to reaffirm their status with Daub during last weekend's massive home game against Alabama, but he was unable to make the nine-hour trip.
"We tried to come up for the game this weekend, and it was difficult," said Jeannie Daub. "I'm not saying he's not going to come back there. He liked the school, loved the campus and liked the coaches. He hadn't felt that way about any other school he'd been to."
Daub will have no shortage of suitors now that he has reopened his recruitment. He holds a total of 11 offers as a junior, from national powers such as Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State and Miami. He also received an offer from Southern Cal during the weekend. His high school teammate, 2013 defensive end DeMarcus Walker, is an Alabama commit and has been selling the Tide to his younger teammate. But Daub's mother cautioned fans not to believe rumors about her son's activity.
"I know he wanted to go check out Alabama's campus. But everybody thinks he decommitted to go to Alabama, and that's not the truth -- it's far from the truth," she said.
Don't count the Tigers out yet, either -- not with so much time until Daub's national signing day in February 2014. LSU is still the linebacker's first choice, but there is now more work to do to restore his favor.
Alabama, Oregon and Tennessee were a few others mentioned, along with LSU, on the standout's interest list.
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