Exclusive: What's up with Jacobbi?

Since his commitment to Florida State in February Jacobbi McDaniel has been slated to enroll early in January of 2009. This week Jacobbi got some answers on when he'll be expected at FSU, and gives his thoughts on how his senior season ended.

Jacobbi McDaniel was priority number one on the defensive side of the ball for the coaches at Florida State for the 2009 recruiting class. The longtime Seminole fan eased the pain of not signing defensive tackles for the 2008 class when he committed to the Noles just days after Signing Day. When he made his commitment public McDaniel let it be known that he intended on graduating early and officially becoming a Seminole in January. This week some answers as to if that was going to happen came about, and as of today, unfortunately, the NCAA Clearinghouse will prevent Jacobbi from coming to FSU next month.

"Man, this is so dumb," said a disappointed McDaniel. "They told my coach this week that it wasn't sure if they were going to clear the classes I took over the summer because I finished them too quick. I don't know what that means, but when you finish a class you finish a class. I have my notes and everything from it."

NoleDigest spoke to Jacobbi on Thursday afternoon when rumblings were going around that FSU would have just one early enrollee from the 2009 class. With how the situation has developed Jacobbi has made the decision to let it go and wait to enroll in the fall of 2009. If he does graduate this month and isn't cleared, there's a chance we'd never see him in the Garnet and Gold.

"I can't believe this to be honest," said McDaniel. "I worked hard to get to this point. When I was at one of the practices for an unofficial recently the coaches were telling me that they were doing everything they could to help me, but that it was out of their hands now and up to the Clearinghouse. I just don't get it. My coach was telling me why now? Why do they have to fight us on this now? Pretty much if I graduate now and they don't clear me, I could risk my college eligibility. I haven't got the final word, so if something positive happens and I do get cleared, I will be at FSU in January. But I don't want to risk it so I'll just take some of those classes and play baseball."

The news that he can't fulfill his goal of graduating early comes at a bad time as McDaniel still has a bitter taste in his mouth from how his senior season ended.

"I'm watching the Lakeland/St. Thomas Aquinas game," said McDaniel, "and I can't believe it. Aquinas is really good. Then you have Godby….man that wasn't Godby in that game (Godby lost 7-6 to Cocoa). I still have a chip on my shoulder with our loss to Bolles. Chris Thompson couldn't play, Cory Akins couldn't play; I'm just going to use this all as motivation for me. The coaches at FSU told me that I won't learn to persevere without having to go through these kinds of things. I'm going to keep my head up, play some baseball, and get ready to play some football in the fall."

The news that Jacobbi won't be enrolling early is disappointing on many fronts because the defensive tackle position needs all the help they can get next fall. With the opportunity to participate in spring and the off-season workouts with the team, McDaniel would have had a great chance to play major minutes in the fall. Don't look for Jacobbi to let this stop him, as this development may make an already devastating player even more dangerous in the fall.

Stay tuned to NoleDigest as we track the 2009 recruiting class for FSU.


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