Freshman Spotlight: S Davon Jacobs

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – talked with freshman safety Davon Jacobs, who talked about what he expects for Rutgers football during his time with the program.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Freshman defensive back Davon Jacobs is fresh out of his first collegiate training camp and is in the process of learning both the cornerback and safety positions. For Jacobs, he is open to getting onto the field at either spot, but if it were up to him, he says he could choose between the two positions.

"I like safety better because I feel like I'm more interactive with everything," he said. "I can see what's going on and keep everything in front of me. Playing corner is more like being on an island by yourself, so I like playing safety best."

Jacobs has been impressive so far while wearing scarlet, but admitted to a big difference in mental preparation between the high school and college game.

"To me, college is more mental than high school," he said. "Studying the playbook and getting all of the plays is more important now."

It will likely take some time for the six-foot, 170-pound DePaul Catholic (Wayne, N.J.) product to figure into the two-deep in the secondary. Luckily, he is learning from some of the best defensive backs in the Big East in players like Duron Harmon and Logan Ryan.

"It's really helpful, those guys know a lot, and they've been here for a long time so they've helped me a lot," Jacobs said of his teammates. "Them taking the time to help me during meetings or back at the dorm, even though we have long days, they still offer to help me. I appreciate that."

Jacobs said he was most drawn to the program by former defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley, who has since departed for the NFL as the assistant defensive backs coach with Greg Schiano's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Despite the initial disappointment, he is still happy to be a Scarlet Knight and enjoys his interactions with defensive coordinator Robb Smith and graduate assistant Anthony Campanile in the secondary.

"Coach Hafley was my favorite recruiting coach, but it's a business and he got a great opportunity and I'm happy for him," he said. "I took my official [to Rutgers] had fun and bonded with everyone. I'm still getting to know the new staff, but I like them so far. Everything is fast tempo, so they're cool."

Jacobs ended the interview playing philosopher, when asked what he saw for Rutgers in the next four years years, he sported a beaming smile and made his prediction. "I see us winning a national championship, that's it."

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