Taivon Jacobs Is A Buckeye!!!

Written July 19th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Mr. Jacobs

The drought is over.

Nope, not the one that’s gripping the heartland and screwing with our future pizza, the Ohio State recruiting drought of wide receivers.

This morning, Maryland District Heights’ Taivon Jacobs gave his verbal commitment to Ohio State over West Virginia and the home Terrapins.  He also held offers from Notre Dame, Miami (FL), Florida State, Nebraska, Michigan State, Pitt, and Boston College.

He’s been identified as a “legitimate 4.4 laser timed” athlete, and his highlights (after the break) certainly show that speed.  At 5’10 and 165 pounds, he certainly has the tools to excel in Coach Meyer’s offense. He also is a track star, and will more than likely look to run for the Buckeye squad as well.

During his recruiting, he mentioned that Ohio State was his dream school; his relationship with #BuckeyeSwaggernaut Zach Smith certainly helped him become Ohio State’s fifteenth commitment for the 2013 class.

Welcome to the Buckeye Family, Taivon!!

7 Comments

  1. ryanNo Gravatar
    July 19th, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Kids got major skills. Rivals/Scout low ratings helped us with this steal for sure. I like Meyers recruiting of pure athleticism. Looks like he may need some polishing in proper decision making on punt returns, but you can’t teach a 4.4 40. I just hope he doesn’t go down the Jeff Demps path of high expectations and never meeting them. Very excited about what he might do in a Buckeye uniform. Welcome to the family Taivon.
    We only have space for 1 or 2 more, maybe this will start a WR push.

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    JimNo Gravatar
    July 19th, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Look at his offer list… Jacobs wasn’t flying under the radar and low ratings from the scouting services (some of which haven’t even evaluated Jacobs yet) had nothing to do with it.

    WR Coach Zach Smith, who has been recruiting Jacobs since he was coaching at Temple, is what made the difference here.

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    ryanNo Gravatar
    July 19th, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    I heard in his interviews that Zack Smith did a lot for his recruitment. Minimal exposure with the recruiting services means fewer invitations to big camps and combines. Means big schools which don’t typically recruit the Maryland area might not offer. No SEC, Pac12 or Big12 offers. Highly recruited by ACC and Midwestern schools, as we all recruit out of Maryland.
    From my few years of following recruiting, it seems like most big teams pull big name highly rated players from across the country, and then fill in with some more local 2 and 3 star recruits, who they can easily evaluate. USC and Texas don’t usually waste recruiting money and time flying across the country to see an unrated or 3 star recruit, when they can evaluate a dozen unrated recruits in their backyard with the same investment.

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    JimNo Gravatar
    July 19th, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I took issue with you giving credit to recruiting services for anything other than taking money off of people stupid enough to give it to them.

    They are in the business of making money- they are not in the business of fairly or even competently judging high school football players on their talent, or even more importantly, their potential to turn into good college football players.

    That said, I don’t disagree with your point about a team’s ability to evaluate underrated local talent easier than they can evaluate underrated national talent.

    At the same time, any coach that bases their recruiting strategies on recruiting service rankings doesn’t deserve to be a head football coach and probably won’t be for very long. While underrated players don’t get invited to national events, they do attend the same local camps with the hyped players that coaches from across the country come to see.

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    ryanNo Gravatar
    July 19th, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    I can agree with that 100%. I don’t put much stock in the recruiting services. All they are is media trying to cash in. They give the news which sells the most subscriptions. I trust our coaches to get right right guys. I mean who would trust a service which rated both AJ Hawk and John Simon as 3 star recruits. Two of the best defensive football player sin recent OSU history. At the same time, neither of the two had nearly the offer list that Mr. Jacobs had.

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  2. zNo Gravatar
    July 20th, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    He sure looks like he had speed to burn. If he can hold on to the ball, he could provide needed help at kick off returns and punt returns. Something that OSU has been sub-par in for years.

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  3. Ben HNo Gravatar
    July 20th, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    You can’t teach speed and he has it. The punt returns on film as a “JR” look fine to me. I can see this guy being VERY dangerous at OSU receiving, punt and kick returning as well. I doubt he sees the defensive side of the ball with skills like this that are really needed on OSU’s offensive side. Great pick and IMO better than Levonte Whitfield. Now they need to get Quick, Allen or Gibson (Forget about Foster). Not sure what’s up with Gibson or the staff’s perception of him now, but it better get figured out or I can see him getting left out (but I really hope he gets in. dont want Auburn to get him).

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