Meet the freshman: Jacobbi McDaniel

As Florida State's freshman class arrives in Tallahassee in the coming weeks, NoleDigest will profile each athlete telling fans what to expect from every player.

Name: Jacobbi McDaniel
Position: Defensive tackle

Why he chose Florida State: McDaniel was the first commit for FSU as he pledged his allegiance to the garnet and gold the day 364 days before national signing day. For the standout tackle, he says it was never a question as to where he would end up.

"I committed early because I know where I want to be," McDaniel said after committing. "I don't really want to go through all the attention."

FSU's long history of putting players into the NFL also played into his decision as well as Tallahassee's location.

"As a kid I always liked FSU," McDaniel said. "I like that they have great tradition and that it's 50 miles away from home.
I love how Coach Odell (Haggins) develops his players. He uses his players in a variety of ways, and that's what I want. Also, you can't forget the amount of talent Florida State has put into the NFL. That's my ultimate goal."

McDaniel chose FSU over Florida, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Miami and Mississippi.

Strengths: When it comes to being physically gifted and talented, McDaniel has all of the tools. Scout recruiting expert Mike Bakas says, "He's the most athletic big man in the state of Florida for the Class of 2009. His quickness off the ball is very impressive." McDaniel also shows the drive it takes for elite players at the high school level to make it at the college level. Once he arrives in Tallahassee, if he can keep it up, he could see early playing time.

Weaknesses: In high school, McDaniel simply overpowered and flew past most blockers allowing him to dominate every game. In college, he will need to learn technique in order to be as effective, and according to Bakas, there is room for improvement.

"He doesn't have to utilize much technique or use too many moves when rushing the passer because he usually wins with straight quickness," Bakas said. "He's a little short but makes up for it with playing with a low center of gravity and just doing a nice job of creating pressure on nearly every snap."

Chance of redshirting: 0% McDaniel will be needed early and often for FSU this season and if he can come into camp and show that he can learn technique to make him effective at the division 1 level, he could even lock down a starting job by season's end. Currently, FSU does have experienced players at the position, but no one who has done enough to grasp a strong hold on the position as of now.

McDaniel's senior year in high school: McDaniel was named Parade All-American and participated in the Under Armour All-American Game, he was named #5 on the Mobile Register's Super Southeast 120, FSWA 2A First Team All-State. McDaniel is the #1 rated player at defensive tackle according to

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