A three-sport athlete at Madison County High School in Greenville, Florida, Jacobbi McDaniel has the blood of a champion running through his veins. Besides being named the No.5 prospect overall and No.1 defensive tackle by ESPN and Sporting News, Jacobbi was also selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 33rd round of the 2009 MLB Draft. Even with the opportunity to play in the MLB at his fingertips, Jacobbi chose to follow his passion and play football for Florida State University.
As a strong persistent force at defensive tackle, Jacobbi came in as a freshman and lead all FSU interior linemen with 25 tackles and 13 being solo stops. He earned freshmen All-ACC honors from Sporting News and was on Phil Steele's Third Team Freshmen All-American squad. Starting off on the right foot, Jacobbi started all 14 games during his sophomore season and established new single-season highs with 31 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss, 2 pass breakups, and collected his first career interception against Wake Forest.
Continuing his successful career with FSU, Jacobbi played in all 14 games in 2013 and helped Florida State’s defense lead the nation in scoring defense with 12.1 PPG and ranked third in total defense with 281.4 YPG. As the old saying goes, offense wins games and defense wins championships. Jacobbi finished the season with 29 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 2 pass breakups, a half sack, an interception, and a 2013 BCS National Championship Title, all while working towards and completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology. There’s no question where the road leads for Jacobbi McDaniel after FSU, the NFL.