On the eve of National Signing Day, Suitland senior Taivon Jacobs, a two-time All-Met wide receiver, said in a phone interview he will decide between Ohio State and Maryland during a ceremony at his school on Wednesday at 10 a.m.
Jacobs orally committed to Ohio State in July, but he said he has been reconsidering that decision in recent weeks for a variety of factors, including his desire to be close to his one-year-old daughter, Bailey.
“I’ve discussed it over with my family,” Jacobs said. “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.”
Jacobs had been mostly quiet publicly about his recruitment since picking Ohio State, but he said he has had extensive contact with coaches from both schools recently. On Tuesday morning, the 5-foot-11, 155-pound wide receiver/defensive back said he was truly undecided and would take the next 22 or so hours to make up his mind.
Jacobs made his official visit to Ohio State on the weekend of Jan. 11 but did not take an official to College Park.
“I don't know what I’m going to decide,” Jacobs said. “You’re going to know tomorrow. Tonight is going to be a tough night.”
Also a standout sprinter on the track, Jacobs said both schools have outlined similar plans for him football-wise. At either place, he said he would play wide receiver and contribute on special teams.
Jacobs’ older brother, Levern, is a rising sophomore wide receiver for the Terrapins, and Jacobs said his brother has been helpful as he moves toward a decision.
“He talks to me like he’s not a Maryland player,” Jacobs said. “He gives me advice like a big brother should. He told me to look at the pros and the cons and whatever weighs out best, that’s where I should go.”
Jacobs said he would be able to run track at both schools, as well. When the senior was originally deciding where to give an oral commitment the future of Maryland’s men’s track team was in doubt, but it has since been saved from the list of programs eliminated by the school.
This fall, Jacobs raced to repeat All-Met honors at wide receiver, posting 1,065 receiving yards and 15 total touchdowns. He also picked off six passes on defense, helping the Rams to the Maryland 4A South final.
“He’s always had some inkling” about changing his mind, Suitland Coach Ed Shields said. “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.”
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