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Suitland’s Taivon Jacobs: a top football, track recruit

(Jonathan Newton/WASHINGTON POST)

“It’s kind of overwhelming the mail that we’re getting now,” he said.

Since the fall, Taivon Jacobs’s list of football suitors has ballooned. During the season, he had offers from Maryland (the first to offer him) and North Carolina.

Now, there are nine schools and counting. Ohio State coaches extended a verbal offer during Jacobs’s trip to the school last week, according to his father. Nebraska offered the week before and Notre Dame did so this week. He also has offers from Boston College, East Carolina, Hawaii and West Virginia.

Florida State, Michigan State and Southern California are also interested, his father said.

While Taivon Jacobs is likely going to accept a football scholarship from a school, he also wants to run track in college and has Olympic dreams.

Jacobs has no favorite schools so far and will likely visit schools until he decides, possibly after his senior football season, his father said. Even if some colleges don’t have men’s track teams, such as West Virginia, Jacobs can train with the women’s team and compete as an independent in events, his father said.

Maryland could still be an option for Jacobs — even though the men’s track and field teams are slated to be cut in the school’s effort to trim costs — for that reason, his father said. Also, his older brother Levern Jacobs III, a former Suitland wide receiver and Marshall recruit, enrolled at Maryland this spring and will play for the Terrapins.

“One of the things that [Taivon] loved about high school was that he had the opportunity to play with his big brother, that was one of the biggest things for him,” Levern Jacobs, Jr. said.

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010, wrote about high school sports across the region for two years and has covered the Nationals since the middle of the 2012 season.



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