COMMITTED: Catching Up with Taivon Jacobs

By Alex on July 20, 2012 at 10:00a
Jacobs has unquestioned athleticismJacobs is #15 for the Buckeyes (photo: The Gazette)

As reported yesterday, Forestville (MD) Suitland ATH Taivon Jacobs became the fifteenth member in Ohio State's recruiting class of 2013.

The verbal pledge came as somewhat of a surprise to Buckeye fans, who hadn't heard much about the 5-10/165 athlete, as many expected him to pick the hometown Maryland, where his older brother, Levern, is a freshman defensive back

Urban Meyer and Zach Smith were two people that weren't surprised with the news, as they had long been recruiting Jacobs after hosting him twice on campus in three months and identifying him as a prospect who could shine on the offensive side of the ball in the new Ohio State system.

Jacobs became the second wide receiver in the class, joining Jalin Marshall and likely leaving just one spot left in the position group. Many questioned accepting the commitment as Jacobs is rated lower than some other players on the board (Robert Foster, James Quick, Devon Allen, Shelton Gibson, etc.), but word has it that is due to a lack of participation at national combines/camps, and regardless fans should be excited that the staff, the most important evaluator, wanted Jacobs in the fold after seeing him camp in Columbus in late June.

We caught up with Taivon to hear how his courtship with OSU lead to a commitment, how he will be used when he arrives on campus, what his goals are for his Buckeye career, and more. Join us after the jump to hear more on the latest member of Buckeye Nation, Taivon Jacobs.

Many Buckeye fans hadn't heard about you before this week. Can you fill us in on how your recruitment started with Ohio State?

Zach Smith had been recruiting my brother for a couple of years and got to know me while doing that. We built a good relationship and he believed in me early and told me I had the potential to be a good Division I player. Ohio State was always a dream school of mine growing up, but once Coach Smith got hired there, I liked them even more. I went up to see a spring practice in April and then went to their one day camp in June and really loved it there.

With your brother at Maryland and West Virginia also recruiting you hard, what made you decide to pick OSU over your other two finalists?

I just felt it was the best place for me. I got a feeling that this is where I should be and I really liked the way the program is one big family at Ohio State. The people and the tradition there are great and the fan base is unbelievable. As soon as I committed I immediately got so much love on Twitter and got like hundreds of new followers. I've never seen anything like that before it was crazy.

When you committed to Ohio State, what did the coaches say?

I talked to both Coach Meyer and Coach Smith when I called OSU to tell them the good news. They were both really excited. Coach Smith said he was pumped up and that lifted me up a bit when I heard how excited he was. Coach Meyer was very excited as well and said he couldn't wait to get me up there. I told them thank you for the opportunity and now let's go get that crystal ball.

How did the coaches say they plan to use you?

I will be primarily playing wide receiver there, but they said they may use me like Chris Rainey in that I could be coming out of the backfield, or playing in the slot. I also will definitely be contributing on special teams and can return both kicks and punts. I am ready to play anywhere the team needs me to play in order to help us win games.

What were your final stats during your junior season?

I had 35 catches for 922 yards and 13 touchdowns. I also had seven return touchdowns on special teams.

Do you know when your next visit to Ohio State will be?

As I mentioned, I was there in April for a practice and then again in June for camp. I am not sure when my next trip will be, but I will definitely be there for at least one game this season.

Have you spoken to any of the other commits in the class yet?

Yes I have. Darron Lee, JT Barrett, Cam Burrows, and Ezekiel Elliott have all reached out and it's been cool starting to talk to those guys.

Now that you're committed are you 100% done with your recruitment?

Yes, I am 100% committed to Ohio State. They'll be my only official visit and that is where I will be playing my college football.



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hcazualcc's picture

love the crystal ball comment

DMcDougal24's picture

Awesome. I can't remember another recruit where all of the coaches immediately went to Twitter. This must be a guy they wanted pretty bad. Welcome Taivon

bassplayer7770's picture

Welcome to Buckeye Nation, Taivon.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Welcome to the Buckeye Nation Taivon!!!

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BrewstersMillions's picture

I generally don't get amped up about recruits because for every highly recruited player who pans out there are 2 or three Mike D'Andrea's. With that said, this dude has "Oh Shit" written all over him. By that of course, I mean each time he touches the ball, opposing defenses will have that exact reaction. He's going to look really good in space with the ball in his hands.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I'm STILL blown away about his high light video - for the first 6 minutes - he scored on every single play.  Simply amazing!

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sir rickithda3rd's picture

i like the fact hes carrying a 3.3 gpa. thats hard to do when everyone is telling you how great of an athlete you are.

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LouGroza's picture

True speedster @ 1:20 & 5:50 of the film. Kicks it into another gear. Will be fun to watch this kid play. Goodbye DAVE!

SPreston2001's picture

He def has another gear!!

Posterchild's picture

I like this kid, I like his speed, I like his attitude.
The only thing that I do not like about his recruitment, is that a young man who chooses to be a Buckeye (and someone who has been a fan for a long time) has been welcomed by Buckeye Nation in what can only be described as a malevolent fashion. After reading some of the posts on the 247 boards, I'm physically ill.
I don't understand how anyone, especially those who have actually watched his film, could not be excited about having such a BURNER on board.
Welcome to Buckeye Nation, Taivon. You're going to do great things in Columbus.

zbd's picture

Looks like a trementous asset for kickoff and punt returns alone.  

buckz4evr's picture

Welcome aboard!  Now go catch that crystal ball!

rkylet83's picture

Love all that was said in the interview.  Very talented kid and by just by watching the film you can see he's a playmaker with the ball in his hands.  Welcome to Buckeye Nation!
P.S. See below for his track times.

BuckeyeCash22's picture

Ummm....35 for 922..thats about 26 and change per catch...wowzers

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Looks like a dude that wore #7 for us a few years ago....even his running style reminded me of him....

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flipbuckeye's picture

Tape looks good. Gotta be more excited about his returning abilities.

klfeck's picture

Now that's speed!!!!!!



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razrback16's picture

Welcome to the Brotherhood. Hope he has a great career here.

nickma71's picture

So he is bigger than the cube, but not quite as big as Metcalf. Special teams can wreak havoc with a guy like that.

zachofaltrades's picture

When I heard the Ginn comparisons, I was skeptical. But after seeing him stride on those long runs, the similarities are certainly there.

cinserious's picture

I'm a little bit worried about the taivon jacobs commitment. With guys like him touching the ball and scoring so quickly and easily, our defense will be on the field way too much and get worn out. Oh wait, we're going to have the deepest, nastiest D in the country so everybody gets rotated fresh. In that case WELCOME TO BUCKEYE NATION TAIVON!!!!

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CowCat's picture

I don't worry about the rested defense thing so much.
If you're already up by 5 touchdowns you can play as much boring, 3 yard, ball-control,  run-Dave-again football as you want. LOL

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

danavh4's picture

Wow.  You can do anything with his speed.  However...did anyone catch the ref at the end of the first highlight?  I must have rewound that 10 times and laughed my ass off.  It's right as he goes into the end zone.  I don't think his feet even came off the ground when he ran.  (the ref I mean.)  If you didn't catch it go back and watch.  LOL

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southbymidwest's picture

Love the out of state recruits that have been Buckeye fans for a looong time-really emphasizes that Buckeye Nation is all over!

AJBor41's picture

Great commitment, very excited! 
However, where does the "i" in his name belong?  Watch the video introduction and how it magically changes location from Taivon (:01) to Tavion (:07).  And yes, I may have some mild OCD.

45buckshot's picture

there's been a lot of concern expressed over UM3 recruiting speed at the cost of size. i love the highlight video and this might be the kid UM3 is looking for (as Rainey? Why Rainey now and not Harvey?)
but i digress... he obviously has the speed, but needs to start lifting--i promise you he won't survive as a P/KR in the B1g at 165. I think that's how much Simon's left bicep weighs...
but if Mariotti can work his magic (is he enrolling early?), i hate to say it (jinx him), but he looks like Ted Ginn... can you imagine (what Teddy would have done in UM3's offense)?
congrats Taivon (get lifting!), go bucks

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Buckeyes125's picture

There are A LOT of posters on Bucknuts I can NOT stand at all.

schooey's picture

I don't thik that he will get that much bigger, looking at his bone structure in that photo and the size of his head compared to his shoulders, but he is already big enough if he is tough enough. Obviously fast enough! I agree with those who say that you can't hit what you can't catch. I doubt Meyer's will run him up the middle or anything like that. Of course he will take some punishment but that is where the toughness comes in. 

Buckeye Chuck's picture

Always good to see the Buckeyes landing someone from my old neck of the woods.

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45buckshot's picture

I don't know... I'm rooting for him, but historically, when tOSU brings in little speed guys they don't work out--the Cooper years were full of them; toughness only goes so far.
But I'm sure UM3 has a plan....

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rdubs's picture

I love when guys come in and earn a spot at camp.  

UncleBuck's picture

This guy is gonna be exciting to watch in a couple years.