ROCKLEDGE, Fla. -- The New Level Athletics 7 on 7 Southeast Regional ended on Sunday, and in this report 247Sports analysts Keith Niebuhr and Luke Stampini share some notes and observations from the two-day event that featured dozens of major college prospects.
Could a Pac-12 school be a factor with Kain Daub if it offers?
Let's start with a few tidbits about inside linebacker Kain Daub of Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood, the No. 38 prospect in the 247composite (he has Alabama and FSU on top, in no order) ….
1. Daub tells us whenever he's at Florida State, he hangs out with former high school teammate and 2013 FSU early enrollee DeMarcus Walker, a defensive lineman. Those two are pretty close, something that certainly won't hurt the Seminoles.
2. Apparently, the numerous coaching changes in Tallahassee this offseason actually have helped the Seminoles in this particular recruitment because new FSU defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt already had a prior relationship with Daub. Daub has known Pruitt since he was a ninth-grader.
3. Asked if there was a sleeper in his recruitment Daub replied, "Oregon." The question is, why? "They've never been by the school, but they're interested in me," Daub said. "They send me mail and stuff. I like their uniforms, they're so far away from home and it's something new." According to Daub, the Ducks haven't offerered. Obviously, he hopes they do.
*Receiver Isaiah Ford of Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian, one of the top playmakers during the event, claims 13 total offers. He said "South Carolina, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, Virginia Tech and North Carolina" are standing out at the moment." Of those schools, thus far he has visited only the Gamecocks, Gators and Seminoles.
Which college coach has the 6-feet-2, 170-pound Ford bonded with the most?
"Probably [South Carolina assistant] Steve Spurrier Jr.," Ford said. "He loves me. He tells me I'm his guy. He's been recruiting me really since the ninth grade. Our relationship is real close. He always tells me to stay in the weight room and keep working hard."
*2015 running back Jacques Patrick of Orlando (Fla.) Timber Creek, who claims about two dozen offers, has Florida slightly ahead of Florida State because he has "a little bit better relationship with the coaches" in Gainesville.
Will it be a Florida-Florida State battle all the way for 2015 running back Jacques Patrick.
His primary recruiter for the Gators, however, is new to that program. It's former Kentucky coach Joker Phillips, who Florida hired over the winter. "He seems like a good guy," Patrick said.
FSU, by the way, was the first school to offer Patrick, and that is something he won't take lightly apparently. He thinks very highly of that program. Patrick, though, admitted the Seminoles being in the ACC hurts them. He's partial to the SEC. "That's a big deal to me." Patrick probably won't commit to anyone until the end of his junior year at the earliest.
*2014 receiver George Rushing of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons has a name that may sound familiar to some in the Sunshine State. That's because his father (same name) was a tight end for Florida in the 1990s. The younger Rushing currently claims seven offers, with no team really standing out yet. He said Cincinnati and Marshall are recruiting him hardest, and he thinks Boston College, Western Michigan and West Virginia could be close to offering.
Rushing may be a receiver now, but he said he's still growing.
"I'm only 16 … I don't turn 17 until August," he said.
As for the Gators, Rushing camped in Gainesville last year and performed well but he hasn't had any contact with them of late.
*Here's a sleeper to remember -- Sam Gallahan. A 5-feet-11, 180-pound receiver from Alexandria (Va.) St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School, Gallahan is a kid that really came to play. He ran crisp routes and had great hands. Opposing defensive backs really struggled to stay with him. He always got open, and always made the tough catches. Right now, Gallahan is offerless. If he keeps plugging along, good things should happen.
*Trevon Diggs, a 2016 athlete from Rockville (Md.) Thomas S. Wootton and younger brother of Maryland's Stefon Diggs, definitely has some potential. Although he's not all that physically mature yet, he can play, and in this event showed off solid fundamentals at cornerback. Once Diggs fills out, we think he's going to be very good. In 2012, he recorded 37 catches for 769 yards and seven touchdowns.
*Miami quarterback commit Alin Edouard of Hialeah (Fla.) did not have his best event. He made quick decisions and surveyed the field well, but his accuracy wasn't where it needed to be. On the opening day of the tournament, his team went only 1-3. In an event such as this you'd expect a QB with his arm -- and offers -- to be a little more sharp. Was Edouard simply rusty? It's possible.
*It sounds like Trace McSorley, a quarterback/athlete from Ashburn, VA (Briar Woods), will strongly consider North Carolina regardless of where the Tar Heels (who recently offered) end up deciding which position they want him to play -- quarterback or safety. McSorley would like to be a QB in college, though, and he will have a chance to impress UNC offensive coordinator Blake Anderson this spring, as Anderson is expected to drop by his school to watch him throw. The Tar Heels had 10 known offers out to 2014 quarterbacks at last check, but three of those players currently are committed to other schools.
*2014 cornerback Chris Lammons of Plantation (Fla.) added an offer from South Carolina over the weekend. He's the No. 47 athlete in the 247Composite, but probably will play cornerback in college. He plans to visit UCF in March. This summer, he'd like to check out Florida, Florida State and Ohio State -- three schools he said have offered.
What offers stood out?
"Miami and Florida," Lammons said. "They're like family. They're backyard schools."