LSU added its first commitment for 2014 in the form of 6-foot-3, 227-pound linebacker Kain Daub (Ponte Vedra, Fla./Nease), who starred with the Louisiana Bootleggers during Saturday's 7-on-7 tournament.
It's early, but Daub is projected by many to be one of the top defenders in the 2014 class. Daub's original intention was to visit LSU and go home Friday, but he said he enjoyed his stay enough to extend it to Saturday.
"I loved the school and campus so much, and I liked the coaches so much I was like, 'Oh man. Maybe I should stay for one more day and get a better feel for everything,' " Daub said.
The Tigers couldn't have picked better company for him than the Bootleggers. The eventual winner of the 7-on-7 competition featured no less than five LSU commitments -- including Jeryl Brazil (Loranger, La./Loranger), John Diarse (Monroe, La./Neville) and DeSean Smith (Lake Charles, La./Barbe). As one might expect, the future Tigers got to work on Daub early and often.
"It was crazy. I barely knew anyone ... but we all just connected," Daub said. "When they found out why I was there they were like, 'Oh yeah, bro. You need to commit. You need to commit.' All day they were just telling me that it was great, and they were telling me about New Orleans. I already loved it, and I was just like, 'Man, this is something I need to be a part of.' "
All the factors in play led to an eventual commitment to LSU coach Les Miles on Saturday night. Daub said the Tigers' head man was elated with his decision and was eager to welcome him into the fold.
"He was telling me how I could fit into the team and why he liked me -- all that kind of stuff," he said.
Of course, with about a year and a half until Daub can sign a letter of intent, and roughly 600 miles between Ponte Vedra and Baton Rouge, there's reason to believe the commitment might not last. With such a talented player in the Jacksonville area, Florida and Florida State are bound to have their say in Daub's recruitment.
Despite that, the rising junior was clear. Despite the timing, Daub said the Tigers have found themselves a solid commitment to open the 2014 class.
"I'm just going to continue to work out, talk to my coaches every day and build a relationship with them," he said. "I'm just going with the flow right now, but there's no possible way for me to back out of my commit. I'm pretty solid, and I don't think I'm going to be taking any more trips or anything like that."