‘Nebraska will be around until the end'

One of the key areas to Nebraska's 2010 class has to be along the defensive line. Nebraska should be looking to nab multiple players on the inside and outside. The Huskers are looking in some familiar areas nationally to get some commits. The search leads Nebraska to Louisiana and to the doorstep of a big DT from Houma (La.) H. L. Bourgeois.

At 6-foot-4 and 280-pounds, Damien Jacobs has tremendous size for a defensive tackle. The standout for Houma (La.) H. L. Bourgeois says that he and his team are working hard this summer.

"Things are going good," Jacobs said. "We are working out either in the mornings or in the evening. I wanted to work more on me getting better as a player, not so much on the field, but more as a leader.

"I know what I am capable of doing on the field and what I need to improve on. I wanted to get my speed down this summer and get strong. As the teams goes I wanted to be more of a leader because we need senior leadership."

Jacobs is a player that isn't playing out of position in high school. He knows as a defensive tackle what he does well and what he needs to work on.

"I didn't play any defensive end this last year. I am being recruited to play the three-technique in college. I think that I have a good get off. Sometimes, I can get my pad level too high, but I am working on that too.

"I want to make sure this season that I get my hands on the lineman before he gets his hands on me. Last year I didn't do a very good job doing that and he got the best of me."

Its right around a double-digit offer total for Jacobs, but he hasn't started narrowing anything down yet. He has done this mainly to be fair to all of the schools recruiting him.

"I have nine or 10 offers. They are from Florida State, Nebraska, Tulsa, Florida International, Tulane, South Alabama, Ole Miss, Arkansas and a couple of others.

"I haven't narrowed anything down yet really because I would like see some more places before I start to eliminate people. I would like meet the whole coaching staffs at some of these schools because all I have met is the defensive coordinator or the recruiting coach."

Jacobs has gotten out to see a few schools already this summer. He will see another this weekend and has another planned, but isn't sure if that one is going to work out or not.

"I have been to see LSU, Auburn, Tennessee, Tulane and I am going to Florida State this Sunday. I have a Tulsa trip planned also, but I might be looking to reschedule it. I would like to get up there before it's all over."

When Jacobs makes his decision he is going to be looking at some key things. The depth chart, and the year of those players at his position, is one of his biggest considerations.

"What's going to be big for me is the depth at the defensive tackle position. How many upper classmen there are at the position as well as freshman. Also, the location of the school and the campus are important."

The Huskers are a school that Jacobs knows a little bit about. Some of the coaches at Nebraska came from LSU a couple of years ago including the head coach.

"I like Nebraska because I know that their coaches are true winners. Their head coach came from LSU and was there in 2007 when they won a National Championship.

"I know that the staff at Nebraska is defensive-minded and that is a good thing for me. I know that it's a good program and they have been sending me pictures of the facilities and they look really good."

While Nebraska might not get a visit from Jacobs this summer, it's not because he doesn't want to. Jacobs said that Nebraska will likely get an official visit and that Nebraska will be in it until the end for him.

"I don't have anything set to see Nebraska this summer and I haven't thought about my official visits this fall yet. There is a good chance that I would see them on an official. I think that Nebraska will be around for me until the end."

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