NCF On The Trail: Damien Jacobs

Juco DT Reed signs with UF

February, 6, 2013
Junior college defensive tackle Jarran Reed (Goldsboro, N.C./East Mississippi CC) has signed his letter of intent to play football at the University of Florida.

The 6-foot-4, 305-pound lineman chose Florida over Alabama.

Reed, who previously had been committed to Ole Miss before officially decommitting last Thursday, joins two other defensive tackles in Florida's class: commit Caleb Brantley and early enrollee Darious Cummings.

Reed, Cummings and Florida defensive tackle Damien Jacobs all attended EMCC.

Two juco switches in SEC 

December, 21, 2011
There were two big commitment switches Wednesday, which is the first day junior college players can sign, and both involved SEC schools. Offensive tackle Darone Bailey (Clarksdale, Miss./Coahoma CC) went to bed committed to the Kentucky Wildcats but signed this morning with the Ole Miss Rebels.

“There was a lot going on with Kentucky so I decided to switch after I took a visit to Ole Miss,” Bailey said. “I liked everything about Ole Miss. I really like how hard coach [Hugh] Freeze and coach [Barney] Farra recruited me in such a short amount of time. They've changed the atmosphere there.”

The 6-foot-6, 320-pound Bailey is originally from Cleveland, Miss.

Florida adds another juco DT

December, 21, 2011
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida has the first official signee of its Class of 2012.

Damien Jacobs, a 6-foot-3, 295-pound defensive tackle from East Mississippi Community College who was previously committed to Tennessee, announced the switch on Wednesday afternoon. The school later confirmed it received his signed letter of intent and expects Jacobs to enroll in January and participate in spring practice.

"I just joined the Florida Gator family!" Jacobs posted on his Facebook page.

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Jacobs is coveted but committed 

December, 7, 2011
It’s been a roller coaster ride for the past two years for junior college defensive tackle standout Damien Jacobs. Originally from the state of Louisiana, he signed with Florida State out of high school. But after having academic issues he failed to qualify and enrolled at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, Miss.

“I messed up early in high school and was always playing catch up,” Jacobs said. “So I didn’t qualify. The junior college experience has been good for me. I grew up a lot and learned a lot about myself. I learned that no matter what and no matter how talented you are you have to have the grades.”

Jacobs, now 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds, has played well. In fact, he helped East Mississippi to the junior college national championship. Last week EMCC beat Yuma Arizona Western 55-47.

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