RECRUITING: Already Making Big Decisions
LSU commitment and Many standout Nick Jacobs has lots of things going on this spring
by Daniel Mingea III
Tiger Rag Recruiting Analyst
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LSU and coach Les Miles received some early spring showers just over a couple of weeks ago as five prospects offered their verbal pledges to the Tigers including in-state product Nick Jacobs (6-5, 245, 4.8).
It took Jacobs about a week’s time after being offered to determine LSU was the place for him as he grew up fantasizing about wearing the purple and gold.
“I’ve been a fan of LSU since I began playing football in the seventh grade,” Jacobs stated. “And being a native of Louisiana, LSU felt like the best place for me. I was down there for Junior Day and I told the coaches I wanted to commit. They were all excited and gave me hugs and congratulated me.”
Jacobs received a few more hugs a couple of days ago inside of the Cajundome as his Many High School basketball team was in the Top 28 state basketball tournament. Jacobs, the center for Many, hit a game winning shot as the buzzer went off to defeat the two-time state champions, St. Thomas Aquinas, 64-62.
While Jacobs is regarded as one of the nation’s top football prospects, he is no stranger to basketball. In fact, basketball was the sport Jacobs always saw himself playing.
“I think it’s even,” Jacobs responded to being asked which sport he was better in. “Basketball was my first love. I didn’t start playing football until the seventh grade and I didn’t even consider playing football in college until I was a sophomore in high school.
“During my sophomore year coach D.J. McCarthy told me I had a good body to be a college football player and that is kind of what planted the seed,” Jacobs added. “I think I’m just going to play football in college though.”
Surprisingly it took only a year for the seed to grow into a scholarship offer to LSU. The timing of everything caught Jacobs off-guard.
“I knew it was possible, but I was surprised it came so quick,” Jacobs explained. “I’m still only a junior and I’m already making big decisions.”
Note: Jacobs will lead his Many basketball squad into battle against Springhill High School on Saturday for the Class 2A championship. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:45p.m inside of the Cajundome.