Feb. 3, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher announced Monday the Seminoles’ five early enrollees in the 2014 signing class.
Five-star running back and Florida Mr. Football Dalvin Cook (Miami, Fla./Miami Central) highlights the class, which also includes junior-college offensive lineman Kareem Are (Floral Park, N.Y./Fort Scott Community College (Fort Scott, Kan.), linebacker Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood), long snapper Stephen Gabbard (Tallahassee, Fla./Godby) and defensive back Trey Marshall (Lake City, Fla./Columbia).
Cook was named 2013 Mr. Florida Football by the Florida Dairy Farmers Association after rushing for 1,940 yards and 24 touchdowns on 177 carries while leading Miami Central to the Class 6A state championship. Cook earned a five-star rating and was ranked the nation’s No. 2 running back by both Rivals and 247Sports. An All-USA First Team selection by USA Today, Cook rushed for a game-high 78 yards and scored a touchdown in the 2014 Under Amour All-American game.
Are is ranked as one of the nation’s Top-10 junior-college offensive lineman recruits by ESPN, 247Sports and Rivals, and is a consensus Top 50 JUCO prospect. The Floral Park, N.Y. native played at Fort Scott Community College after attending Sewanhaka High School. The versatile 6-6, 335-pound Are played guard at Fort Scott, but could play tackle at FSU.
Gabbard is rated the nation’s third-best long snapper by ESPN and the fourth-best by Kohl’s Kicking Camps. The two-star recruit by Rivals and ESPN is a local product of Godby High School in Tallahassee where he helped the Cougars win a 5A state championship in 2012 and to a 10-2 record and a playoff appearance in 2013. His father, Steve, was a four-year starter at defensive for the Seminoles from 1985-88 and played in the NFL.
Marshall is a consensus four-star defensive back who is rated the sixth-best safety in the nation by 247Sports.com and the country’s 14th-best by Rivals. Marshall was timed at 4.34 in the 40-yard dash at Nike’s “The Opening” camp last summer and he played in the 2014 Semper Fi All-American Bowl in Carson, Calif.
Daub is also a consensus four-star recruit and is rated the third-best inside linebacker prospect in the nation by ESPN, No. 6 by 247Sports.com and No. 9 by Rivals. The 6-4, 243-pounder joined Cook at the Under Armour All-American game where he had two tackles. He led Sandalwood to an 8-3 record in 2013 an a spot in the 8A regional quarterfinals.