Recently promoted FSU DC Charles Kelly will make $500,000 annually. (CHRIS HAYS/ORLANDO SENTINEL / July 24, 2013)
As linebackers Kain Daub of Jacksonville Sandalwood and Jacob Pugh of Tallahassee Godby stood side-by-side during linebacker drills at the Jimbo Fisher Football Camp last week, onlookers just couldn't help but forecast the future.
The big, athletic duo provides a menacing look in a defensive middle and some speculate that this 2014 FSU duo of commitments could be the best pair of linebackers to ever roam the field at the same time in Tallahassee.
Both players are ranked among the top 10 of players in the Sentinel's 2014 Florida Top 100.
Daub (6-3, 234), a consensus top-five pick among the nation’s 2014 inside linebackers, has been a constant visitor to the FSU campus since committing to the Seminoles in April. He was working out at his second Fisher camp of the summer on Thursday, alongside Pugh.
The 6-4, 221-pound Pugh had FSU tight ends coach Tim Brewster licking his chops in the afternoon session, as he worked with the offense running pass routes.
Later that afternoon, an equally impressed head coach Fisher was shaking his head at Pugh’s pass-catching and route-running abilities during the 7-on-7 portion of the workout.
“Those two are going to be special players right there,” said Tallahassee Godby head coach Ronnie Cottrell of Daub and Pugh. “And the thing about them is that they are also great kids.”
The thought of the two roaming the Seminoles' middle conjures images of great FSU linebacking duos of days gone by, like 1991's tandem of junior Marvin Jones and freshman Derrick Brooks. That rates as FSU's gold standard for one year, but Jones went to the NFL early. Brooks joined Sam Cowart in the FSU defensive middle for two seasons after that. More recently, there was senior Buster Davis and sophomore Geno Hayes in 2006.
But Pugh and Daub have the oppotunity to play four years, side-by-side. This could be quite the combo for at least a few years, anyway, until the NFL lures them away.
Considering the linebackers at FSU's disposal in the next two years, there is potential for the 'Noles to have the best set of backers they have ever had. Several others have not even hit the field but are also in line for star potential with Matthew Thomas coming in as a freshman this season, Delvin Purifoy also part of the 2014 class with Daub and Pugh, and others already on the FSU roster in Terrance Smith, Markuss Eligwe, E.J. Levenberry, Freddie Stevenson, Ro'Derrick Hoskins, and on and on.
FSU linebackers coach Charles Kelly has to be pretty pleased with what he has to work with in the near future. So as the Seminoles say goodbye to a great one this season in senior Christian Jones, he can rest assured he's not leaving the cupboard bare.
Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on Twitter at @Os_Recruiting and Facebook at Orlando Sentinel Recruiting and now on Pinterest at Orlando Recruiting.