Kain Daub is already a household name in the 2014 class.
The Ponte Vedra Nease prospect is considered one of the top in-state linebackers for the next recruiting cycle and some big-name programs are after him.
The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder has offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Ohio State, South Carolina and UCLA.
The Gators were the first school to extend an offer and gave the rising junior a ringing endorsement.
“It felt the best (to have) one of the top schools in the country offer you so everyone else knows about you,” Daub said.
Daub made his fifth trip to UF on Saturday for the Will Muschamp Football Camp and got some work in with linebackers coach D.J. Durkin. He said the defensive staff told him he could possibly play all three linebacker positions and also rush as an end in third-down situations.
He hails from the same high school as Tim Tebow and is now led by another former Gator quarterback in Shane Matthews, who was hired as head coach in January.
“My whole coaching staff is from Florida,” Daub said. “There’s only two coaches that aren’t from Florida, and they know everyone at Florida.”
Daub is drawn to UF’s statewide support as well as its athletics and academics.
“I just like how everyone in the state of Florida supports the Gators,” he said. “It’s just a good school, good education, good football program that puts kids to the next level.”
Daub doesn’t have any favorites at this time and wants to release a leaderboard after his junior season. But if he falls in love with a school before then, his plans could change.
“If I get that right feeling, I could commit tomorrow,” he said.