A lot of college football prospects see a drop off in recruitment efforts when they eventually decide on a school to attend. But it's safe to say that hasn't been the case for Kain Daub (Ponte Vedra, Fla./Nease) to this point in his junior campaign.
Daub, LSU's first of three current commitments for 2014, is projected by many to be one of the top defensive prospects in his class when those rankings roll around next year. But plenty of other schools would like to pry his pledge away from LSU, if the number of people calling Daub is any indication.
"Ever since I committed, there's schools I had never talked to that talk to me now," he said. "They talk to me on Facebook because now they can talk to me after Sept. 1."
That list is getting longer by the day, judging by an offer list which includes the likes of LSU, Florida, Florida State, Miami, South Carolina, Florida, FSU, Miami, Alabama, Arkansas and Auburn. Daub is also hearing from Southern powers that have yet to offer, such as Georgia and Georgia Tech.
With the bevy of activity on the recruiting front, Daub said his decision to commit to LSU has helped the process -- he simply doesn't answer for any coaches but the Tigers.
"All these coaches are trying to talk to me, and I don't really have to talk to them. I just talk to my coaches, the coaches I have to play for, and that's all that really matters," Daub said. "I talk to Coach Raymond -- that's my recruiter -- about once every two weeks. And I talk to all of them -- defensive coordinator, head coach and my recruiter -- like once a month."
Daub became the first commitment of LSU's 2014 class back in July, when he visited the first day of the Tigers' July recruiting camp and fell in love with what he saw. It was the linebacker's first trip to Baton Rouge, and he pulled the trigger on his way out of town. He said his bond with the coaching staff has only grown in the past few months as the Tigers continue to check in on his junior season.
That season got off to a bit of a rocky start, as Nease started off the year with a 54-17 loss to Bartram Trail -- a Class 6A state semifinalist in 2011. The Panthers bounced back with a 16-10 win over Middleburg last week, however. Daub said it's been encouraging to see the Nease offense improve from last season, which has helped him and the rest of the defense tremendously.
"Our offense is getting the job done and moving the ball, so our defense gets breaks and we're not on the field as much," he said. "It's kind of better than last year because last year the defense had to be on the field quite a bit."
With his commitment so firm to LSU, Daub doesn't figure to have a very busy season on the college front. He said he plans to travel down the road to the Tigers' road game against No. 18 Florida in October. In an unsurprising trend among LSU targets, he also said he hopes to attend LSU's Nov. 3 game against No. 1 Alabama.