Jaccobi McDaniel is one of the best defensive players in the nation for the 2009 class. The dominating lineman attends Madison County High, which has recently turned into a pipeline for Florida State. Many have felt that McDaniel is a heavy lean to the Noles, so when he announced at the Army All-American Combine that the rival Gators where his leader, people were shocked. McDaniel did not go to their Junior Day, but he did make the trip this weekend to checkout FSU. He said he had a good time, saying, "It was a good day today. I got a chance to talk to all the coaches, and I got a chance to spend a lot of time with Coach Odell (Haggins). When I go there I talk to all the coaches, and I make sure I spend quality time with Coach Odell."
Before Jaccobi made the trip to San Antonio he was in Gainesville making a visit to Florida. So when he made the announcement in Texas, some thought he was just coming off the high of the visit. He explains that wasn't the case. "The reason I said that was because Florida is coming along and they are winning some games. I've been there two times and I wanted to see if I could get closer to the coaches. But that didn't happen and I don't know if that is going to right now. At this point I am still looking around and even with everyone," explained McDaniel.
It was natural that many Seminoles fans became upset after the announcement, especially learning that a recruit thought to be a heavy lean was leaning towards the arch-rival. Jaccobi stated that FSU didn't do anything wrong, but it's just a case of him trying to keep an open mind. He said, "It's nothing FSU has done. I love them and they've always been my favorite. When people would ask I would always say FSU is my favorite. I didn't know that all of these schools really like me and that I have options. It comes down to I just want to look at these options and make sure what's out there. FSU is still one of my favorites."
Florida State showed McDaniel a good time on Sunday, and he was able to check out what FSU has to offer besides the football side of things. "When I went there I brought my uncle with me. The coaches were talking about the educational side with me. FSU is known for football but they do have good academics. When I met with Coach Bobby Bowden he was telling me about how the main reason we go to college is to get a degree, and that football is always second. I liked that and had a good day seeing that," said McDaniel.
As it stands right now Jaccobi has no summer plans and is wide open right now. He does have some schools he is looking at, and has an idea of some of the schools he wants to check out over the summer. He said, "I want to visit Alabama, Georgia, USC and I want to visit Florida again. I'll be at FSU some too. I may visit LSU, but I am not sure yet. They do produce good linemen, though."
Right now it looks like Florida State will have tougher battle on hand to land this All-State player. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Jaccobi and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.