Florida State received a huge boost for its defensive front seven when linebacker Jacob Pugh of Amos P. Godby High School in Tallahassee (Fla.) gave his verbal commitment early Wednesday afternoon.
Pugh, who held offers from over eight SEC schools, picked the Seminoles over co-finalists Alabama and Florida.
"I just felt Florida State was the right fit for me," the Under Armour All-American told Derek Tyson of ESPN. "I went up there on Tuesday and talked with coach [Jeremy] Pruitt and all the coaches and the D-lineman DeMarcus [Walker] and it just made me want to be a part of what they are doing even more.
"Plus it's closer to home. When I go up there I just feel like I belong there. When Coach Pruitt first got the job, coach [Jimbo] Fisher asked him about me, and Coach Pruitt told him he was going to get me -- and now he's got me."
Pugh is a four-star prospect (247Sports Composite) and the No. 14 overall outside linebacker in the recruiting class of 2014. Surprisingly enough, however, he is the third-highest rated player in Florida State's current class, behind counterparts Kain Daub and Demarcus Christmas.
Pugh is the definition of a versatile linebacker and will be a nice fit to Florida State's defensive scheme. He has great size and length (6-foot-4, 220) and utilizes both as an extremely physical player at the line of scrimmage.
He's quick and isn't a liability in pass coverage—which can't be said for many players at his position at this level of play. In fact, he's an asset. Pugh turns his hips very smoothly, much like a safety, and is a solid vertical runner. This allows him to get a better jump on routes to break up passes.
Pugh also does a nice job defending the run, using his elite speed to get downfield to the line of scrimmage and stop a ballcarrier in his tracks. He is a sure-tackler and we can expect Fisher to use him as an effective blitzer from the weakside.
"They are going to get a player with a motor, a non-stop motor that's going to play -- that's going to hit and I'm going to play like I've never played before," said Pugh. "Like I'm on fire."