(Courtesy Everything High School Sports)
The Cincinnati Bearcats have added their 14th commitment of the 2014 recruiting class in American Heritage safety Carter Jacobs. The Orlando Sentinel announced his intentions on Monday night but lead recruiting site 247 Sports released the information today in keeping with the young man’s wishes. Jacobs participated in Friday Night Lights at the Sheakley Athletics Complex last week and earned himself a scholarship offer. After mulling it over for the weekend he verballed to the Bearcats. Given his connections in Florida, it makes sense that Eddie Gran was point man in reeling in Jacobs. He was also responsible for fellow American Heritage player Tyler Cogswell in the 2013 recruiting class signing with UC and as a result created a nice little pipeline with the school. Jacobs boasted offers from around the MAC and Sun Belt as well as Appalachian State with BCS schools sniffing around. It will be interesting to see how his recruitment develops over the next several months.
|Height - Weight||6'1", 190 lbs|
|Hometown||Fort Lauderdale, FL|
|247 Sports||** - 75|
|Rivals||** - 5.4|
|ESPN||*** - 71|
Jacobs plays the safety position for the Patriots but more in a hybrid outside linebacker/safety role. He plays very close to the line of scrimmage much like current linebacker Nick Temple did during his time at Warren Central High School in Indianapolis. Jacobs displays solid instincts against the run, following the play with his eyes, the attacking the ball carrier with tenacity. He moves laterally very well and flips his hips smoothly to drive upfield to make the tackle. He carries his 6’1″ 190 lbs frame well and despite being a bit light as of now doesn’t appear afraid to throw his body around. And when he connects with a ball carrier he does a nice job wrapping up and bringing him down. Jacobs could improve in his ability to attack the middle of the body in the open field but in general he displays nice technique. Overall, this looks like a very solid pickup for the Bearcats.
I can absolutely envision Jacobs moving to outside linebacker when he comes to Cincinnati much like Temple did. He displays strong run-stopping fundamentals that will translate well to the next level. However, Jacobs will probably take a redshirt his freshman year because the Bearcats will have pretty good depth at linebacker in 2014, unlike in Temple’s first season. Plus it would behoove him to add some muscle in the weight room and get North of 200 lbs. But when that redshirt expires keep an eye out for this kid.