JUCO DT Damien Jacobs joins Gators

Damien Jacobs (6’3″, 294 lbs.) is the second Junior College Defensive Tackle to commit to the Gators in just four days. Jacobs signed his Letter of Intent on the first day JUCO players could sign.

In High School, Jacobs originally committed and signed with Florida State University out of Houma, Louisiana. As a senior at H.L. Bourgeois High School, Jacobs had 91 tackles, seven sacks, 33 tackles for loss, six forced fumbles, three recovered fumbles and two pass deflections.

However, when the NCAA Clearinghouse flagged a few of his classes, Jacobs needed to earn a few credits at a Junior College, choosing East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, Mississippi.

At East Mississippi Community College this season, Jacobs has 25 solo tackles, 22 assisted tackles, eight tackles for loss, two sacks and two fumble recoveries. In 2010, Jacobs nabbed 28 tackles, 20 assisted tackles, four tackle for losses, one and a half sacks and one fumble recovery.

With Jacobs’ commitment, the Gators now have four committed Defensive Tackles joining Visesio Salt, Dante Phillips and JaFar Mann.

According to Rivals.com, Jacobs is a 4-star prospect. He is ranked as the 10th best Junior College player and 3rd best Defensive Tackle.  Jacobs picked the Gators over Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Tennessee.


Daniel Thompson is a graduate of the University of Florida, majoring in Political Science and Economics. During his time as an Undergraduate, Thompson worked at the University of Florida Football Recruiting Office for three years. He can be found on Twitter @DK_Thompson. 

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