ORLANDO, Fla. -- Jacob Pugh has been on the big stage of the FHSAA state finals before. A season ago he tallied nine tackles as a sophomore to help Jefferson County win the 1A state title.
Godby (Fla.) 2014 LB Jacob Pugh tallied seven tackles and two sacks in the 5A FHSAA finals.
The 2014 outside linebacker is now at Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby and added another state championship medal to his collection.
“It’s unbelievable,” Pugh said after Godby’s 21-20 victory over Immokalee. “We won it, but I mean it’s back to back for me...I was here last year and won a state championship.”
This time around inside the Citrus Bowl, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound junior took his production to another level. Pugh tallied seven tackles, two for loss, a pair of sacks and he added two pass break-ups.
“It’s natural, we practice it a lot,” he said. “We got a good hard defensive coach. He gets it all from us Monday from Thursday and then we come out here and get our money on Friday.”
The junior already has a host of colleges programs taking notice.
“I offers from Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, East Carolina, a lot of schools. I got about 15 or 16 offers.”
His latest offer came from the Miami Hurricanes last month.
“They offered the last game of the regular season,” Pugh said of the Hurricanes. “It’s just another one in the book. I just got to do my research.
“I don’t know much about Miami, but I know they could have done better than what they did this year.”
Florida has been showing minimal interest in Pugh early in the process, but that does not change his feelings for the Gator program.
“They sent me the recap of the previous games, but other than that no,” Pugh said of Florida. “I’m a true Gator, so I’m going to have to take the offer from Florida. I mean for one my uncle, Darren Hambrick, played at Florida...I grew up a Gator.”
Pugh is a long and lean athlete that is currently being recruited to play a few different positions.
“North Carolina, they got a position called ‘Bandit’ outside linebacker/D-end, what I was playing tonight. All the others want me as just an outside backer. Miami wants me as a tight end.”