There’s at least one person who wasn’t turned off by the poor performance from Florida’s defense against Furman.
“I see it as an opportunity,” said Jacobs, who is committed to Tennessee. “I know they’re kind of young and they’re trying to get things together. But I think they have a good future and I can have an impact in that future.”
Little did he know, that impact could be an immediate one.
“I didn’t realize the availability they had for a D-tackle to come in and play so soon at Florida,” said Jacobs, who attends East Mississippi C.C. in Scooba, Miss. “It’s a great thing to know because that’s No. 1 for me.”
Jacobs was able to see the facilities, campus and nightlife during his stay in Gainesville and called everything “top notch.”
But his first priority is early playing time, which he will receive a lot of in Knoxville according to the Volunteer coaches. After speaking at length with UF head coach Will Muschamp, defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and defensive line coach Bryant Young, Jacobs said the Gators offer the same shot at a starting job with the departure of senior DT Jaye Howard.
“The coaches told me how much of a necessity I am to them and that I could come in and possibly be a starter,” Jacobs said. “They said I’d be ready to roll from day one, so the rest was on me once I got in the rotation. How much I play will be determined by how well I practice.”
Although Jacobs became sold on the staff and school, there was no pressure on him to switch his commitment.
“Coach Muschamp told me to take everything and digest it in,” Jacobs said. “He didn’t want to rush me into a fast decision so he told me to take my time.”
Jacobs plans to make a final decision shortly after his team plays in the NJCAA Football Championship on Dec. 4.