Suitland rising senior Taivon Jacobs, an All-Met wide receiver and sprinter, orally committed to Ohio State on Thursday and said in a telephone interview he plans to play football and run track in college.
During a discussion with his family Wednesday night, Jacobs narrowed his final choices to Ohio State and Maryland. Jacobs said the talk ranged from the academic offerings of both schools to his track ambitions to how he might fit into the offenses of each program. When he woke up this morning, Jacobs said, the answer seemed pretty clear.
“Their program is great, their family and tradition is great, and the way they run their offense, I felt like that’s the type of player that I am and that I could be a great fit in,” Jacobs said of the Buckeyes.
Jacobs, who is 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds, believes his quickness will help him make an impact at Ohio State. He said the Ohio State coaches told him they envision utilizing him much the same way first-year Buckeyes Coach Urban Meyer did Percy Harvin and Chris Rainey when Meyer coached at Florida. Harvin and Rainey made their marks carrying the ball out of the backfield and catching the ball in Florida’s passing game.
“Coach Urban Meyer loves speed, and that’s something that I’ve got,” said Jacobs, a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com. “I think I can be very productive in their offense.”
Jacobs said Ohio State’s football coaches are open to the idea of him competing on the school’s track team as well. Jacobs, a 400-meter sprinter, said he would “most likely” play football and run track in college.
At Maryland, Jacobs could have played alongside his older brother, Levern III, who enrolled at College Park this spring and will play football for the Terrapins. The Maryland outdoor track and field program recently staved off elimination, as it was the only one of eight varsity programs that raised enough money to avoid being cut as part of the athletic department’s efforts to overcome a multi-million dollar deficit.
Taivon Jacobs did not go into specifics about what ultimately gave Ohio State the edge over Maryland in his mind, though he acknowledged the final decision was difficult to make.
“It was a hard decision between them and Maryland because Maryland is a great place to be also,” Jacobs said. “I felt as though Ohio State was where I needed to be to help them out. That was my dream school since I was a young kid.”
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