Report: Taivon Jacobs Reconsidering OSU Commitment
By Brandon Castel
The eve of National Signing Day is always an exciting and stressful time for college football coaches around the country. They are just hours away from seeing all their hard work pay off with a bright new crop of incoming recruits.
There is anticipation over signing day announcements and enthusiasm over closing out a class that is, many times, multiple years in the making. There is also the downside of waiting. That last 24 hours can often feel like 24 months, as some kids reconsider their options before faxing in that letter of intent.
One name to keep an eye on as the faxes roll into Columbus tomorrow is District Heights wide receiver Taivon Jacobs. The two-time All-Met receiver out of Maryland has been committed to play for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes since July, but he told the Washington post he is strongly considering the in-state Maryland Terrapins as well.
According to the report, Jacobs has had “extensive contact” with coaches from both Ohio State and Maryland recently. His older brother, Levern, is a rising sophomore wideout with the Terps and Jacobs says he will decide between the two schools during a ceremony at Suitland High School on Wednesday at 10 a.m.
“I’ve discussed it over with my family,” Jacobs told The Post.
“I want to make the best choice for me. I have a child. I want to make sure I’m a great father and a great player.”
The 5-foot-11, 155-pound sounds truly torn between playing for Ohio State, a school that has been on his radar since he was just a little kid, or Maryland, the hometown team where he could play alongside his older brother.
Jacobs is listed as a 3-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com, but he is known as one of the fastest players in the Washington D.C.-Baltimore area. He was a track star in high school and wants to run track in college as well.
That would not have been possible at Maryland before the Terrapins agreed to leave the ACC to join the Big Ten Conference.
As a football player, Jacobs racked up 1,065 receiving yards and 15 total touchdowns as a senior this past season. He also picked off six passes on defense, helping the Rams to the Maryland 4A South final.
He is one of four receivers in Ohio State’s 2013 class, which added a dynamic playmaker out of DeSoto, Texas on Monday evening. The addition of Dontre Wilson is not believed to be a factor in Jacobs’ decision to reconsider his commitment to the Buckeyes, although OSU did add wideout Corey Smith to the class just last week.
Jacobs would face some serious competition at the wide receiver position when he got to Ohio State, but it sounds like tomorrow’s decision is more about feeling comfortable with where he is going to spend the next 4-5 years of his life.
“He’s always had some inkling” about changing his mind, Suitland Coach Ed Shields told The Post.
“I don’t know if it’s enough that it’s going to change his overall mind. He’s still trying to figure out what’s going to happen.”
Timmons Comes Off the Board
With the news Jacobs is strongly considering a flip to Maryland on Wednesday, it makes even more sense why Meyer and his staff have been feverishly tracking down every available playmaker on the market.
The addition of Dontre Wilson was supposed to close the door on a few of those options, but if Jacobs decides to bounce on the Buckeyes, there might be room to squeeze in one more receiver for the 2013 class.
It won’t by Ryan Timmons. The 3-star wideout form Frankfurt, Ky. officially ended his recruitment on Tuesday, opting to play in the new Air Raid offense of coach Mark Stoops at the University of Kentucky.
Timmons had been on Ohio State’s radar for a while, but he was considered to be a backup option if the Buckeyes swung and missed on Wilson and James Clark. Timmons had an offer from OSU, but all signs pointed to him staying home to play for the ‘Cats.
He did visit Florida over the weekend, along with Clark, but the speedster out Franklin County High School wanted to stay close to home. He had hats from Ohio State, Florida and Illinois on the table during his live announcement Tuesday, but got emotional when talking about his commitment to play for UK.
Elder Not Planning to Sign Wednesday
Another name on Ohio State’s radar at the receiver position is Cornelius Elder. The wideout/running back out of Nashville took an official visit to Columbus back in January, but now it sounds like he won’t be signing anywhere tomorrow.
According to a report in The Tennessean, Elder would like to wait until after National Signing Day in order to weigh all of his options. A big part of that is the fact Elder wants to play basketball at the next level, and he already has some scholarship offers on the hardwood as well as the gridiron.
“I like both football and basketball,” he told The Tennessean.
“I don’t know if I’m really ready to give one up. That’s why I’m waiting right now. I’m just taking it day by day.”
The 4-star athlete is still considering Ohio State, but it sounds like Georgia Tech and Auburn are in the lead if he is going to focus primarily on football.
Elder recently received a basketball scholarship offer from Purdue, and he has also drawn interest from the basketball coaching staffs at Tennessee, Memphis and Vanderbilt.
The 5-11, 170-pound Elder has led Ensworth to the past two Division II-AA basketball championships and was named tournament most valuable player. He is averaging 21.2 points this season for the Tigers (17-6, 9-0 DII-A).
He also led the Tigers to three straight DII-AA football titles, rushing for 2,618 yards and 39 touchdowns as a senior last season. He is the two-time Mr. Football Back of the Year in Tennessee.
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