- Mike DiRocco, ESPN Jacksonville Jaguars reporter
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida coach Will Muschamp has dipped pretty heavily into the junior college ranks in his past two signing classes, adding four players -- including three from East Mississippi Community College.
The Gators have not had much luck with junior college players over the past 13 seasons. Ten of the 14 players signed have turned out to be busts, with the only exceptions being cornerback Reynaldo Hill, defensive end Jeremy Mincey, and safety Reggie Nelson.
But the four players signed in the last two classes -- defensive tackles Damien Jacobs, Jarran Reed and Darious Cummings and offensive tackle Trenton Brown -- could be different. The reason? They all play positions at which the Gators are in need of a lot of help.
Jacobs signed in 2012 out of EMCC and had a solid season as part of UF's tackle rotation. He had 10 tackles and 2.5 sacks as the backup to Sharrif Floyd, who is projected to be a top-five selection in April's NFL draft. Jacobs, a 6-foot-3, 284-pound senior, is expected to take over as the starter alongside nose tackle Leon Orr.
Florida's track record with junior college signees has not been good. Many flamed out with little impact on the program. The Gators are hoping the latest crop turns it around.