JUCO DT looking forward to UF


Florida only has a handful of visitors expected for Saturday’s game against Furman, which is no surprise given the opponent.

This will allow the coaches to give a ton of attention to Rivals.com’s No. 10 JUCO prospect in the nation.

“I’m ready for this weekend,” said defensive tackle Damien Jacobs, who will be on an official visit. “It’s gonna be nice to talk to the coaches. They like me a lot and they’re just stressing how much of a help I could be to them. There’s an opportunity for early playing time.”

Seeing the field early is the biggest factor for Jacobs and the reason why he committed to Tennessee in July.

“I’ll be getting heavy reps with the first team in the spring,” Jacobs said of the Volunteers, “and the coaches told me I should be a starter by the first ball game.”

While Jacobs is still open, he isn’t sure what it will take for UF to change his mind. But he knows what he will be watching for in The Swamp.

“I wanna look at them depth wise,” he said. “How much they rotate guys and see if they’re really in need of me like they say they are.”

Jacobs won’t be making the trip with his teammate, defensive end Denico Autry, who ranks as the nation’s No. 3 JUCO prospect and originally planned on visiting for Furman. Autry has not rescheduled the visit yet according to Jacobs.

Also visiting this weekend will be commits Latroy Pittman and Austin Hardin, top linebacker target Josh Harvey-Clemons, three-star receiver Gehrig Dieter and 2013 running back Adam Lane.


  1. Based on his comments Jacobs sounds like the perfect guy to play anywhere but UF. If he becomes a Gator will he insist on a written, signed contract guarantee that he will be a starter by the first game in the fall. Go Damien. Go anywhere except UF.

  2. Recruits and Gator Nation: Have you seen enough? Please Jerry (can I call you Jerry?) Fooley send Senior Boom and that inept crew of assistant coaches somewhere, anywhere other than Gainesville!! For a couple of million a year in salary we deserve more than Fooley has produced!!

  3. Well if this transfer believes the UT coaches then he might be too imature and foolish to play for UT. Of course with our depth on could assume that a starting position is avaiable, you just would have to earn it. If he wants to be given something then UT is the place for him.

  4. Ew, up too early but much to do before the holiday break.

    William, why the HELL would we want to hire a new OC? Let’s see. Weis took Brady – a SEVENTH round no-name – and turned him into a stud. At Notre Dame, he turned Brady Quinn into a stud. He took Cassell, a player whose career was on the fast track to perennial backup and helped him put up top notch numbers last year. Now because Brantley isn’t performing up to snuff you want to replace him? Ditch the guy with the multi-year proven track record because our SENIOR quarterback isn’t playing up to snuff? Or because our backs don’t fit the scheme he’s running? Or because we don’t have those tall receivers like they have in the NFL (or FSU, for that matter)?

    I’m just going to assume your comment was sarcasm. I don’t think there’s anyway you could have possibly meant that.