Incoming Gators Q&A: Damien Jacobs

The Gator Nation is growing and the 2012 recruiting class is coming together. A few of the commits will be enrolling early and will be on the Florida campus in January. Defensive tackle Damien Jacobs will be joining the Gators from Scooba (MS) East Mississippi Community college. FightinGators.com takes a few minutes to get to know the incoming defensive tackle.

Name: Damien Jacobs

Hometown: Gray, LA

Position: DT

Height: 6-2

Weight: 300

Q: What was one of the biggest factors for you as far as choosing Florida?

A: Playing time was a big factor. I think they're going to have a pretty good team next year.

Q: You were originally committed to Tennessee, what led you to change your mind?

A: Things that made me change my mind about Tennessee….well, they lost a lot of games that probably they shouldn't have lost that they should have played better in. You know, I think that Florida was the best place for me, you know I only have two years to win also, so, I think they (Tennessee) is a few years away from winning. Florida, I don't think they're rebuilding, I just think they're reloading.

Q: What number do you want?

A: I'm going to have number 4.

Q: Who are you planning on rooming with at Florida?

A: Omar Hunter.

Q: Have you known him for awhile?

A: Since the visit, we've been keeping in touch like twice a week, we talk all the time, that's my boy.

Q: Who inspires you?

A: I can't really pick somebody who just inspires me, I guess you could say my family and friends inspire me in a way, but there's not one person I could say is like a direct inspiration on me.

Q: What are you going to major in?

A: Criminal Justice.

Q: What are you most excited about about coming to Florida?

A: I'm just ready to get on campus and get settle. There's some big stuff coming from JUCO, so I'm really excited to see how things work and how things go. Really excited.

Q: What's your favorite football memory?

A: Winning the (NJCAA) national championship this past year.

Q: What's your most embarrassing moment on the field?

A: Hmm…I don't really have an embarrassing moment…I could say this, I was celebrating because we had recovered a fumble in the state championship game, and when I got up out of the pile I fell right back down, I slipped and fell, I wasn't really embarrassed because that was more excitement, but I could say that was kind of embarrassing after I look at it.

Q: How did you get started playing football in the first place?

A: I started when I was about 8 years old, I was about 5'7'', 5'8'', about 150-pounds, and I was begging my mom to get on the team and she wouldn't let me because she said I was too big, she eventually let me get on, I've been doing it ever since.

Q: Was there a moment when maybe you realized that you were really good and could have a serious future in it?

A: Oh yeah, that first year, it was my first time playing football, but the coaches were telling me all the time that what I was doing was good, I was hurting a few people, and I was like ‘yeah, I can do this.'

Q: When you were 8?

A: Yep. It's been a dream for me since I was young. That's all I've been thinking is Division I football and NFL since I was young.

Q: If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

A: I just want to predict the future to see how far I'll be able to go.

Q: What's your favorite thing to do when you're not playing football?

A: Chill with my friends, play some video games.

Q: What's your favorite video game?

A: NCAA.

Q: If you could share the field with any athlete past or present, who would it be?

A: I'd like to play with Ray Lewis. He's just a big motivator. I think he'd have me ready to play more than anything before a game, and he's just really one of my favorites. He plays hard every play, coming with it.

Q: What's your favorite movie?

A: I don't really have a favorite movie, I watch movies but I'm not a big movie guy.

Q: What's the most played song on your ipod?

A: I don't know, but I know the artist would be J. Cole. That's the most played artist.

Q: What's your favorite pre-game ritual?

A: I just relax, keep calm, kind of stay to myself with my music, keep my mind going, think about that game, that's it.

Q: What's something about you that surprises people?

A: Thing about me that surprises people…how humble I am off the field, because of how crazy I am on the field. It's a whole different person out there on the field, and when people actually meet me, they don't know I have that side to me.

Q: How do you want to be remembered?

A: Just as a good person, as a great football player.

Q: What are 3 things you can't live without?

A: Football…what else…my car…and I don't know, I don't know a third thing.

Q: Anything else people should know about you?

A: No, that's pretty much it. You popped some questions on there I didn't think of.


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