Florida State Football Recruiting: Meet the Noles' 2014 Early Enrollees
National Signing Day is still a few days away, and so the destination of dozens of future college football stars is still pretty unknown.
However, every year, a few high school players who feel ready to make a jump to college right away, becoming eligible to participate in spring practice and getting a leg up on the rest of their competition to earn playing time.
Florida State has five such players this year, who are part of the 2014 recruiting class but already are putting in time and taking classes in Tallahassee.
It's assumed that you've heard of Dalvin Cook, the talented running back out of Miami Central. A 5-star talent who flipped to Florida State from Florida during the Under Armour All-American Game, Cook has the type of talent that should get him playing time in his first year.
Similar in height and weight to departing running back Devonta Freeman, Cook is speedy (he runs a 4.46 40-yard dash) and also physical. Looking at the film breakdown by Bleacher Report's Michael Felder and Adam Kramer, Cook has the ability to make the right man miss and capitalize off of it with huge gains.
A 5'11", 196-pound safety from Columbia High in Lake City, FL, Trey Marshall is a 4-star talent and one of the top high school safeties in the country, ranked sixth by 247sports.
His height and weight may seem a little small for a safety, but keep in mind that one of the best to come through Florida State, Lamarcus Joyner, is listed at 5'8", 190 lb. on Florida State's roster. Though enrolling early will allow for Marshall to gain a few pounds of muscle, he should be just at home in Florida State's system.
Kain Daub, a linebacker recruit from Jacksonville Sandalwood, is not somebody who will be looked at as a player in need of growing. He measures up at 6'3" and 238 pounds—a reason why Daub was listed as the No. 6 inside linebacker in the 2014 class.
Daub has the ability to blow up blocks on the inside and make a play in the backfield, as well as pursue runners at an angle and make an open-field tackle, both of which are essential for succeeding at the next level. An athlete that also played basketball for a year in high school, Daub could have a shot at playing time should he perform well in spring practices.
Kareem Are is a junior college signee, spending two years in Fort Scott, Kansas before moving on to the FBS level. The offensive guard yielded six offers, from FSU, Penn State, Kansas State, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Temple.
At 6'6", 335 pounds, Are is just the type of player that offensive line coach Rick Trickett likes. With players who have established themselves on the offensive line leaving next year—names like Cam Erving and Bobby Hart—Are will have a chance to prove himself and put himself into position for a starting spot.
Gabbard is the No. 3 long snapper in the country, which is essential for a position that has more to do with a team's success than most realize. He's a home-bred talent, having attended high school at Amos P. Godby in Tallahassee.
Gabbard will join three other players, Danny Adams, Brian Patterson and Barrett Kernon, who will compete for the job left by Philip Doumar, a redshirt senior who earned the starting long-snapping position this last year.