NCF On The Trail: Kain Daub

Top position classes: LB 

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With national signing day in the books, RecruitingNation is looking at the top position classes. For the full series, click here.

Nationally (and SEC)
The Alabama Crimson Tide’s 2014 class fill just about every need on the board, and that includes linebacker. With designs on addressing pass rushing and the ability to play in space on the edge at outside 'backer in Nick Saban’s 3-4 scheme, Alabama signed the Nos. 1 and No. 2 outside linebackers in the country in No. 48 overall Christian Miller (Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley) and No. 52 overall Rashaan Evans (Auburn, Ala./Auburn), who is pound for pound of the best pure athletes in the 2014 cycle. The Crimson Tide added two more talented linebackers in ESPN 300’s No. 102 Shaun Dion Hamilton (Montgomery, Ala./Carver) and No. 281 Keith Holcombe (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Hillcrest). Hamilton is an MLB.

The Crimson Tide had the nation’s best linebacker class; here’s which schools had the best in each of the remaining power conferences:

Biggest flips: ACC 

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With prospects making commitments earlier than ever, naturally there are second thoughts before signing day. That leads to a number of recruits decommitting and flipping to another school.

Here is a look at five of the biggest flips in the ACC in the 2014 recruiting class.


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Florida State played in the first BCS championship game. It could play in the first championship decided by a playoff, too.

Monday, they beat Auburn for the final BCS title. The Noles will go for a second straight title in 2014 and they bring back several key pieces next season, most notably quarterback Jameis Winston. They will suffer some departures from central players, but a loaded recruiting class ranked in the top five should add depth throughout the roster.

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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Wednesday's Early Offering is coming to you from the Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando. Here’s a sampling of some of the top news from the event so far and a look at who stood out in the third day of practices

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Miller Safrit/ESPNA shoulder injury sustained on Tuesday could keep Tony Brown out of the UA game.
Brown suffers shoulder injury
Cornerback Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen) was having a tremendous week of practices at the UA Game, but his week took a sudden turn when he suffered a shoulder injury during Tuesday’s practices. Brown was hurt while reaching to defend a pass in a non-contact coverage drill. He received medical attention at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and was transported from the practice facility by cart, his head buried in his hands and his arm in a sling. Brown's mother said Tuesday afternoon that her son still would like to play in the game, but it’s unclear whether he will. He is still on schedule to announce his college decision.

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Under Armour game storylines: ACC 

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The rosters are set, plane tickets purchased and coaching staffs assembled. The 2014 Under Armour All-America Game is less than a month away.

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Courtesy of IntersportDeshaun Watson could be the starter from Day 1 at Clemson.
With nearly all of the country’s elite prospects all together, there are bountiful storylines leading up to and during the Jan. 2 game in St. Petersburg, Fla. Here are five for ACC fans:

1. Will Deshaun Watson follow the footsteps of Jameis Winston and Christian Hackenberg? Both Winston and Hackenberg were the No. 1 quarterbacks in their respective classes and played in the Under Armour Game. Both then went on to have great freshman seasons (Winston after a redshirt year) and have their teams in position to make waves on a national level the next few seasons. Watson (Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville) is the No. 1 quarterback for 2014 and will enter a similar situation to Hackenberg’s. Clemson will have an opening at quarterback in 2014, and Watson will enroll at Clemson following the game. He will have to beat out 2012 Under Armour All-American Chad Kelly, but there is a legitimate chance Watson could be the starter from Day 1 for the Tigers. He is that good.


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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: With the first edition of this year’s BCS rankings released Sunday, we take a look at how the top five teams in are faring on the college football recruiting trail.


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Best ACC recruiters 

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Editor's note: For a look at the national recruiter power rankings based only on Class of 2014 success, click here.

The best head coaches are often called the closer when it comes to sealing the deal with recruits. Whether on a visit or a trip to a prospect’s home, the head coach is called upon to secure the signature.

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UA Game jersey tour: Kain Daub

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Senior inside linebacker Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) was presented his honorary game jersey Thursday during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game. The event was part of the three-month tour.

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Courtesy of IntersportFlorida State fans can catch Kain Daub in action during the 2014 Under Armour All-American Game.
Daub, a Florida State commitment, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh annual Under Armour All-America Game presented by American Family Insurance, a nationally televised game spotlighting the country’s top high school seniors. The 2014 Under Armour All-America Game is set for 4 p.m. ET Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on ESPN.

“I would like to thank my teammates and my family for coming and all the support I’ve ever had,” Daub said. “And this is an honor and I never thought I would be here.”

Sandalwood head coach Adam Geis says it’s Daub's versatility and athleticism that makes him a potentially special prospect.

“He’ll do well against anybody he goes up against. He plays ‘Mike’ for us, but I think when Kain goes to the next level ... the way he can run and cover, he can do a lot of different things ... he’s probably going to be an outside guy, but I think he likes that too. Trust me, they hit on the outside, too, at the next level. He’s such a good athlete, there is a lot of different things he can end up doing at the next level.”

The fact that 2013 participant and former Sandalwood teammate DeMarcus Walker spoke so highly of the event made the decision to accept the invite a simple one for Daub.

“I decided to play in this game because my whole family goes to the game, and my teammate from last year played in the game last year and told me about the experience ... and I thought I had to be a part of it," Daub said. "It’s going to be great to play on ESPN. I played on it [ESPN] once, and it’s pretty hype. I’m looking forward to playing against the other guys that are going to big time D-I schools.”

The 6-foot-4, 243-pound Daub is the No. 35 prospect overall in the ESPN 300 and the No. 2 inside linebacker in the class. He committed to Florida State over LSU, Florida, Alabama and a host of others.

Best ACC classes by position 

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Florida State has the top class among ACC schools right now, but that is taking the Seminoles’ entire 23-recruit class into account. The Noles don’t have the best class at every position, as some of Florida State’s top rivals are looking stronger at certain positions. Here’s a look at which ACC school has the best class by position:

Quarterback

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Weekend recruiting wrap: ACC 

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Clemson and Florida State dominated the ACC recruiting headlines over the weekend.

Both teams saw changes to their commitment lists, with the Tigers adding and the Seminoles subtracting.

Best prospect performances: Florida State commitment and ESPN 300 inside linebacker Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) lived up to his billing as a run stopper in his team's 30-14 win over Creekside. Daub racked up 14 tackles and contributed on offense as well, rushing five times for 48 yards. Up next for Daub and Sandalwood is a city magnet school, Paxon.


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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- As the Jimbo Fisher Camp was ending, the coach stood in front of a bunch of prospects in a semicircle. Meanwhile, a five-star talent hung out on the field, talking to a few people and watching what was going on.

The prospect was surrounded by a couple of Florida State commitments in Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) and Trey Marshall (Lake City, Fla./Columbia). When you're Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Ala./Hoover), you command that sort of attention from your peers.


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NoleNation looks at 10 themes of Florida State's 2014 recruiting class to date:


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On the heels of NoleNation's all-time draft, we'll take a look a little further down the road.

Of course, it is far too early to project a prospect that hasn't even stepped foot on campus to one of the all-time greats at a school that's had a lot of them.

So, for a moment, let's look at three different commitments and targets and see how they might compare.

Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) four-star prospect, No. 85 overall

Daub is an elite inside linebacker prospect.

He's huge. 6-foot-4, 243 pounds, and he can run. Like ESPN's scouting report suggests, he looks the part of a college linebacker right now.

Daub is physical and loves to hit. It's hard to play in the middle without a characteristic like that and a little mean streak.

The four-star prospect isn't a guy that Florida State wants matched up against a running back or tight end on third downs, but he could definitely be a force on a blitz.

The Seminoles’ history of linebackers is long and deep, but most of them are on the outside. Guys like Derrick Brooks and Marvin Jones come to mind.

Even though Sam Cowart played his fair share of outside linebacker at Florida State (Daryl Bush manned the middle at some points during his career), he moved inside in the NFL. Cowart was big, nasty and tough and some comparisons can be drawn between him and Daub, though Daub is a little taller than Cowart was.

Cowart was selected by the Buffalo Bills No. 39 overall and played through 2005.


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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Speed is the name of the game for three-star defensive back Trey Marshall of Lake City (Fla.) Columbia, so it was no surprise that he decided to end the recruiting process early and was the first player to announce his decision Wednesday at The Opening.

The 6-foot, 196-pound Marshall, ranked as the nation’s No. 49 safety prospect, announced his decision for Florida State on ESPNU on Wednesday. He selected the Seminoles over offers from Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and West Virginia. He said his final two schools were Ole Miss and Florida State, but in the end, nothing could match what he saw in Tallahassee.

"I like their tradition,” Marshall said earlier in the week before his decision. “Coach [Jeremy] Pruitt and just the vibe between the players are incredible. How it was a couple years ago when they wasn't doing to good, the players weren't really together with the coaches. Now the players are around the coaches, and players stay around each other like a family.

“Being at a place that has that down-home family feel was very high in my decision.”

Marshall said he is 100 percent sure of his decision, but will still take all five of his official visits. At The Opening, he talked about still taking trips to FSU, Ole Miss, Georgia and Miami and was unsure of his final visit.

The addition of Marshall gives Florida State 16 commitments and bolsters a class that already ranks as the No. 5 group in the country.

The Seminoles have been on a run of defenders thus far in the class of 2014 -- including Marshall, FSU has seven defensive players committed. Not only are most of the players highly ranked -- such as fellow Opening star Kain Daub -- the defenders almost all have very good speed. That’s something Daub said will be important for the rest of the FSU class.

“We’re bringing a lot of speed to Tallahassee,” Daub said. “The coaches up there know that if you want to win championships, you have to be able to play with speed, and that’s why I’m excited to be going after guys like Marshall. That dude has some wheels.”

Marshall does for sure. He ran a blazing 4.34 40-yard-dash at the SPARQ national championship on Monday.

Lessons Learned: The Opening, Day 2 

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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- With the elite lineman challenge, numerous 7-on-7 games and five college commitments on Tuesday, there was plenty to learn at The Opening. Here are four things that stood out on a busy day.

Cameron Robinson doesn't need pads
In normal camp settings, the offensive linemen usually have a disadvantage when going against defensive linemen in one-on-one drills. At The Opening, both square off in pads, making it a more even matchup.


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