Stock is rising

It's a small crop of defensive linemen in Louisiana for 2010, but a few new names have recently emerged as BCS-level prospects from the Bayou State. All three happen to be from South Louisiana and one guy whose stock is rising quickly is Damien Jacobs.

After a stellar junior campaign where he terrorized opponents in District 8-5A, Damien Jacobs (6-3, 300, 5.2) expected to hear early and often from college coaches as they began to crank up the heat on defensive tackles for 2010.


Surely, 81 tackles – 25 solos and 56 assists – to go with 10 sacks and seven forced fumbles was enough to land Jacobs some early offers, but it wasn’t until the end of April when the Houma-H.L. Bourgeois product’s first scholarship offer rolled in.


Once that first overture was made, though, the dominoes began to fall. Tulane, Tulsa, FIU and Louisiana Tech jumped on board when they got a chance to see Jacobs in action then the big boys cranked up the heat.


“Florida State offered me around the first week of May then Ole Miss offered on Wednesday,” Jacobs said. “LSU came by and said they were real interested, along with Tennessee, Auburn and Mississippi State.”


Jacobs will hit the road this weekend to visit a couple of schools that have grabbed his interest as he and his friend, Trovon Reed, will visit Auburn and then make the drive up to Knoxville for a session of the Tennessee camp. That will be only the beginning of what will be a very busy camp schedule for Jacobs and company.


“I’m going to Florida State and Ole Miss in July and I may be going to LSU for their June camp next weekend,” said Jacobs. “Florida State was my first BCS offer so that means something then Ole Miss was my first offer from the SEC and I was excited to get that good news. I want to see both of those places then LSU is right here close to home and I know they’re all about winning.”


The LSU camp entered the picture after Tigers secondary coach Ron Cooper evaluated Jacobs in person – most recently at the H.L. Bourgeois spring game.


“Coach said they have a lot of interest in me, but they need to see a little bit more of me,” explained Jacobs. “They like my size and my athleticism, and they liked what they saw in me at the spring game.”


Playing the waiting game a little longer is something that Jacobs is willing to do because he feels that there will be a number of schools getting in on the action down the road.


“I think more schools are going to offer because it’s still kind of early,” he said. “A lot of schools came through in the spring like LSU, Florida State, Ole Miss, Alabama, Oregon, Mississippi State, Auburn, and there were some more, so I got a good feeling on where things are going.”


An LSU offer would be big according to Jacobs since he is nestled down in South Louisiana and seems that it would fit what he is looking for in a school.


“An offer from LSU would be huge,” Jacobs stated. “It’s LSU and they’re always going to be good. It’s also home and there’s a lot to like about LSU.”


“I want a place that I can feel comfortable at for the next four or five years and be satisfied with the coaching staff,” he added. “I also want to go to a program that is strong.”


Until more offers come in, Jacobs has one school at the top of his list and he has a description of his game for those who haven’t seen him play yet.


“Florida State is in the lead right now,” he said. “They’ve been recruiting me and I’ve been talking with the coaches a good bit. I just have that comfort level with them right now.”


“I’m a playmaker,” added Jacobs. “I’m real quick for my size and I’m real strong. I can even play on the outside so I’m versatile.”


Note: Jacobs claims a 310 lb. bench and 500 lb. squat. He says his GPA is close to a 2.5 and he has a 16 on the ACT.

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