Pugh "loving it"

Jacob Pugh is loving his new home at Tallahassee Godby. And why not? Since leaving Monticello Jefferson County he has picked up 15 scholarship offers. Pugh is emerging as one of the top defensive ends from Florida in the 2014 class.

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A junior emerging from Florida's capitol city is defensive end Jacob Pugh. Pugh, close to 6-foot-5 and 210-pounds, plays defensive end. This past spring he transferred from nearby Monticello Jefferson County. It was an up and down transition period for Pugh.

"I came to Godby in April," Pugh said. "I actually lived here but was going to school at Jefferson. I transferred because of my mom. I did it for her. At first it was tough and I didn't like it. Now I love it here at Godby. It's just different and this is a great program. Everyone has been so nice and I have been treated so well. I am loving it."

So is Godby head coach Ronnie Cottrell. He believes he has something special and unique in Pugh.

"That kid started at safety on a championship team last season," Cottrell said. "He's almost 6-5 and boy can he run. He can play in space. He's long and very athletic. I have been around some great ones over the years and this kid has a chance to be a great one. He's a tremendous pass rusher with great ball skills. He's very similar to Jevon Kearse at the same stage."

Pugh is part of some great bloodlines. His mother is Kay Hambrick.

"He's kin to the Hambrick brothers," Cottrell said. "Troy and Darren were great players a while ago. He's just as athletic as those guys."

Pugh also stars in hoops and in track. But football is his game and he also is a standout at tight end for Godby.

"I don't know what it is but I have this knack for getting to the ball," Pugh said. "But I know I can improve my game all the way around. I need to keep working and I want to become a better tackler. Things will only get harder once I get to college."

Well, at least at this point Pugh knows that he will have plenty of options when it comes to the next level. North Carolina was the first to offer him a scholarship and he has picked up 14 more since.

"Man I couldn't believe it when UNC offered me," Pugh said. "I was stunned. I never would have ever imagined that a school like that would offer me. But things have changed since I got to Godby and coach [Cottrell] has been great."

Pugh has also picked up offers from Tennessee, South Carolina, Miami, South Florida, Kentucky, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, North Carolina State, Florida International, Florida Atlantic, and Ole Miss while teams like Florida State, Florida, Alabama and many others could be very close.

"I really believe that FSU and Florida are close to offering," Pugh said. "I was at the Clemson/FSU game last weekend. That was crazy. It was a nice atmosphere and Doak [Campbell] was rocking. The crowd was nice.

"I really want to see Florida and I am supposed to go see the LSU/Florida game next weekend. That should be crazy.

"This is all so exciting to me. Each day is a new day and I love picking up my mail. Right now I am just open and I know I just need to keep working very hard."

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