Damien Jacobs Begins Visits

Scout.com talks with Gray, Louisiana defensive tackle Damien Jacobs, who has begun narrowing down his list and pencilling in visits. The talented athlete says he knows what he's looking for in a school and is hoping to learn more about his top five schools once he begins taking visits.

Damien Jacobs, the 6-foot-4, 295-pound defensive tackle from Bourgeois High School in Gray, La., hasn't scheduled any official visits yet, but will be attending the Florida State/Miami game on Monday, Sept. 7 at Doak Campbell Stadium.

"I can't wait," Jacobs said of the rivalry game. "I really want to see how the coaches interact with the team during the game and what a real game time environment is like."

Jacobs says he now favors the Seminoles slightly over Ole Miss, Texas Tech, Nebraska and Arkansas. All of his favorites have offered as well as Florida International, Tulane and Tulsa.

"The Florida State campus is really cool," he said. "I got to meet all the coaches and they made me feel right at home.

"I also liked the facilities a lot," Jacobs said. "Everything there is all in one area and not spread out all over."

The Seminoles are the only school in Jacobs' top five that he's actually visited. He also attended camps at Tennessee and LSU, but neither the Vols nor the Tigers have offered.

"I'm still really open though," he said. "I won't have a final top five until the mid-point of the season. I'll definitely be taking a few official visits too."

So what is Jacobs looking for in a school?

"Coaches, the area, the success of the program and a good football environment are the main things I'll be looking at," he said. "I don't really care about the distance. That doesn't matter."

One school that is likely to get an official visit from Jacobs is Ole Miss.

"They are taking the program in the right direction," he said of the Rebels. "They are getting top players and if they keep winning they'll be getting even more and getting even better.

"I also like the football tradition at Ole Miss," he said.

Nebraska is another program on Jacobs' list with good football tradition.

"I really like coach Bo Pelini," he said. "He's a defense-minded coach and I think he's also got them on the right track. I've read they should be pretty good this season and could even compete for the Big 12 North."

Another Big 12 program that Jacobs likes is Texas Tech.

"They just offered a couple weeks ago," he said. "I like the team and they have a lot of big commits already. I think they'll be a top team for a while."

Growing up, Jacobs says he never followed a specific school. "I always liked pro football more," he said.

The only school to call Jacobs on Sept. 1 was Florida International.

Jacobs finished his junior season with 92 total tackles, 76 solos, six sacks and four fumbles caused.

"I have good speed and strength," he said. "I'm big and use my size well. I have a good combo of size and speed and am hard to block."

He says he can bench 300-pounds, squat 465 and has a 31-inch vertical jump.

"I want to get faster overall and work on my technique," Jacobs said. "I also need to work on my pad level and keep my pads lower."

He starts his senior season on Saturday, Sept. 5 against Archbishop Rummel.

Jacobs reports a 2.4 core GPA and a 16 ACT, which he plans on retaking.

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