Jimbo Fisher's hiring of Jeremy Pruitt as defensive coordinator in December continues to pay huge dividends for Florida State on the recruiting trail.
Landing five-star inside linebacker Kain Daub was huge for FSU.
Last Saturday, the Seminoles landed a commitment from five-star inside linebacker Kain Daub of Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood, the latest high-caliber FSU pickup whose recruitment saw Pruitt play a prominent role.
As you'll recall, the former Alabama assistant was the primary recruiter for two of the Seminoles' biggest signees in their 2013 class -- five-star 247Composite cornerback Jalen Ramsey of Brentwood (Tenn.) Brentwood Academy and four-star defensive end DeMarcus Walker, who was Daub's teammate at Sandalwood.
Pruitt's relationship with each of these players was crucial.
Thanks to the work of FSU defensive tackles coach Odell Haggins, the Seminoles already had a foot in the door with Daub. But Pruitt, who has a longstanding relationship with the Sandalwood staff, helped FSU close the door.
Daub has known Pruitt for a few years. In fact, they first met when Daub was in the ninth-grade.
By the way, FSU now has eight commitments and is No. 5 in the team rankings.
*Miami's hot start continued with the Monday commitment of three-star 247Composite offensive tackle Reilly Gibbons from St. Petersburg (Fla.) Catholic. That's six verbals to this point and a No. 9 team ranking.
DeAndre Thompkins was offered by Clemson yesterday.
The Hurricanes have four offensive line commits. The goal now is to start addressing the team's great need on the defensive line.
*Boston College gained a verbal from defensive end Harold Landry of Fayetteville (N.C.) Pine Forest last week, then struck again Monday by landing quarterback Darius Wade of Middletown (Del.). Those three-star commits gave Steve Addazio's Eagles four total for 2014 and a No. 27 team ranking as of Thursday morning.
Landry, the No. 43 player at his position nationally, was offered by both Clemson and South Carolina within hours of each other Wednesday. Until recently, he was somewhat under the radar, but the 6-feet-3, 228-pounder has picked up several offers in the past month.
*Clemson was busy Wednesday, putting out three offers -- that we know of. One of them went to receiver DeAndre Thompkins of Swansboro (N.C.), a player that has gotten a heavy amount of attention from colleges of late. The Tigers became the third to offer this week -- joining Notre Dame and Tennessee -- and 12th overall.
Does Clemson have a shot?
It may be too early to tell, but Thompkins said he definitely plans to visit the Tigers sometime soon. Clemson is recruiting him to play the receiver position that was occupied by another DeAndre --- DeAndre Hopkins -- last season.
*Four-star defensive end Kentavius Street of Greenville (N.C.) J.H. Rose lists Georgia as his leader, but don't count out FSU. The Seminoles are in second, and the 6-feet-2 and-a-half-inch, 262-pound Street said Florida State is "close."
Street grew up in south Georgia and has followed that program as long as he can remember. However, he never has visited the Bulldogs. In fact, he has never met a Georgia coach in person. Street will visit that school in May or June.
Kentavius Street has Georgia on top, with FSU next.
He also will be checking out Florida State for the first time in either June or July.
"I grew up rooting for FSU, and my dad was a fan of FSU," Street said. "I just knew a lot about FSU as a kid."
Street, the No. 37 overall prospect and No. 6 strong-side end in the 247Composite, also appears to have some interest in Virginia Tech, and hopes to visit the Hokies sometime in the near future.
For the major parties involved, this could be a long ride. Street, an Army All-American, might not announce until that game or National Signing Day next February.
*Duke hoped to do well on the offensive line in this cycle, and so far it has. Right now, the Blue Devils have four commits [and a No. 32 team ranking], and three of them are offensive linemen.
All three have three-star ratings.
Offensive guard Jake Sanders of Carrollton (Ga.), who committed last week, was the latest pickup. He was offered by West Virginia the following day.
Sanders is a top-100 player in the always-loaded Peach State.
*It might be shaping up to be a major instate battle in North Carolina for 2015 receiver Michael Bowman of Havelock. Bowman has five offers, but North Carolina and N.C. State are currently the programs on top. A couple family members -- an uncle and cousin -- have played for the Wolfpack, and because of that Bowman grew up a fan of that school. The Tar Heels, though, are recruiting him as hard as anyone, he said, and can't be counted out.
One reason Bowman is likely to stay close to home -- he has a 9-month-old son, Jayden.
During Havelock's 2012 state championship season, the 6-feet, 190-pound Bowman had 56 catches.
*Wake Forest picked up 2014 verbal No. 1 last Saturday when safety Cameron Glenn of Stone Mountain (Ga) Stephenson pledged to the Demon Deacons while visiting the school. As one would expect, Wake continues to make an impact in the Peach State. The Deacs signed four players from there in February, and two the year before.
*Virginia Tech assistant Charley Wiles is making his presence known in the Carolinas. According to 2015 defensive end prospect Michael Barnett of Dorchester (S.C.) Woodland, Wiles already has been to his school about a half-dozen times. Barnett's coach told 247Sports that Wiles was on board with Barnett as soon as he watched his film, and almost immediately made his way to Woodland. Mostly because of Wiles' effort, the Hokies are in good shape with a player that probably will be a double-digit offer guy before long. Barnett will visit Virginia Tech next weekend.
Street, who is mentioned earlier in this article, said Wiles is one of the main reasons he's giving the Hokies a look.