Cougars Bound by Commitment

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Tallahassee, FL - Jacob Pugh and Stephen Gabbard were complete strangers about six months ago. Gabbard transferred to Godby during winter break.

Together in this weight room for summer workouts, they're now bound by their commitment to Florida State for the class of 2014.

"I was saying to myself like when I go to college I want to go somewhere with somebody who I played high school ball with," Pugh said. "We haven't talked about anything. Then I heard the news that he committed and I was very happy."

"Me and Jacob are going to work together and be teammates for the next six years, so it's going to be awesome," Gabbard said.

Gabbard will be third generation Seminole. He'll join the Garnet and Gold as a long snapper. Pugh is a U.S. Army All-American nominee expected to play linebacker for FSU.

"It's nice to get the commitment out of the way so we can focus on team stuff," said Gabbard, who plays tight end and defensive end for Godby.

Cleon McFarlane is in his 16th year as an assistant coach at Godby.

"Florida State is no stranger to good athletes and Stephen and Jacob they personify what a good athlete is, a good student-athlete is," McFarlane said.

"We hope we get some more Godby players over there and keep that Tallahassee pride at Florida State," Gabbard said.

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