GODBY’S PUGH STRIVES
JACOB PUGH, AN OUTSIDE LINEBACKER AT GODBY HIGH School in Tallahassee, is striving for perfection. The 6-4, 220-pound prospect, who lists Alabama, Florida and Florida State as his top three colleges, set a goal to win four state
titles during spring football of his eighth-grade year.
Although he didn’t win one his freshman year, he did win a state
championship at Monticello Jefferson County as a sophomore before
transferring to Godby as a junior. Last year, the Cougars edged Immokalee, 21-20, to win the Class 5A title. Three out of four wouldn’t be bad.
Pugh now sets his sights on another ring, but he also has high
expectations for himself.
“This year, I want to be flawless in what I do,” said Pugh, noting
that he developed into a better player when he got to Godby. “I want
to get better each game, with my technique, and working on doing
what I am coached to do.”
Godby coach Ronnie Cottrell, who coached at FSU under Bobby
Bowden in the 1990s, says Pugh is “phenomenal.”
“He has tremendous length and is a great pass rusher,” coach Cot-
trell said. “He does a great job of defending players in space. He’s got
a great combination.”
That package is exactly why the 4-star recruit, according to Rivals,
will be playing on Saturdays next fall.
“It’s a dream come true,” said Pugh. “I’ve wanted to play college
football for a long time.”
But first, Pugh will try to help his team get back to Orlando.
“We are young, but we will get there,” he said. “We handle adversity
very well. That’s one good thing about our team.” – Mike Ridaught
PLANT CITY’S MCBRIDE TURNING HEADS
AS MONTEL MCBRIDE ENTERS THE WEIGHT ROOM AT Plant City High School, the clanking of steel ceases momentarily and everybody’s attention immediately shifts to the behemoth squeezing his 6-4, 320-pound frame through the doorway.
Recruiters, too, have increasingly been taking notice of McBride.
McBride, a Class of 2014 offensive guard prospect, has seen his stock
rise dramatically this offseason, partly from an impressive highlight tape
distributed to colleges by Raiders head coach Wayne Ward, but also from
his performances at various camps across the Southeast.
At the MVP Camp in Valdosta, Ga., McBride was named the top offensive lineman. A month later, McBride was given the offensive line
MVP award following a dominating showing at the Orlando Nike Football
Ward, in particular, is anxious to see how McBride’s stellar offseason
will translate on the field for a Plant City team looking to get back to the
playoffs after a two-year drought.
“He’s really getting a lot of attention right now,” Ward said. “We’re look-
ing at big things for him this year.”
McBride is an immovable object on the offensive line. His size makes
him instantly recognizable, but it’s his quick feet and his tenacity in finish-
ing his blocks that has separated him from the pack. With his athleticism,
McBride is capable of playing on the defensive line at the next level.
At offensive guard, however, is where he can do the most damage.
“He’s aggressive, he’s a go-getter and he’s an enforcer up front,” Ward
said. “His strength has improved tremendously. He just does a lot of
things well.” – Bryan Burns
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