Taivon Jacobs Signs with Maryland

By Alex on February 6, 2013 at 10:15a

Yesterday the Washington Post broke the story that longtime Ohio State wide receiver commit Taivon Jacobs was considering signing with his home state school, Maryland. 

The story caught Buckeye fans off guard a bit, as Jacobs decided against taking an official visit to Maryland a few weeks back and it was thought that he was solid to OSU. That turned out not to be the case, as Jacobs just signed his letter of intent with the Terrapins and faxed it in to head coach Randy Edsall.

With news in the story that Jacobs has a young daughter that he wanted to be close to, coupled with the recent additions of Corey Smith and Dontre Wilson at wide receiver for Ohio State, maybe it shouldn't have come as such a surprise that the flip to stay home was made.

The departure of Jacobs now gives the Buckeyes 25 commits in the class of 2013, and although he is talented, it is not thought of as a huge loss considering the group Urban Meyer has put together.


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JozyMozy's picture

Can't be mad at him for staying home. Best of luck to ya, big guy. 

DannyBeane's picture

I wish him luck and have no ill feelings towards him. You have to do what you have to do.

Bj Mullens over Sully's picture

Obviously hurts to lose him, but after the committments of both Wilson and Clark who'd play similar positions do you think the staff didn't push to hard to keep him?

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Buckeye Chuck's picture

That's how it looks. Did we have the scholarship numbers to keep Jacobs while still adding Wilson and Clark, assuming no other decommits?
I'm glad the kid landed on his feet with the hometown school and wasn't left high and dry, and I'm certainly happy about the way this recruiting season has ended...but let's not pretend that if this same situation was taking place at a SEC school, there wouldn't be a lot of folks calling foul.

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TheBadOwl's picture

Gotta do what you gotta do. Seems like a great kid, best of luck to him. I would have made the same call.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

rampageripster's picture

Best of luck young man, do the state of Maryland proud... happy that he stayed in conference

Cause I couldn't go for three

ATXbucknut's picture

God bless him and his family and good luck to him! UNder different circumstances, I think he would have stuck with OSU.

Rockhbuck's picture

Good Luck to Taivon. I really like this kid and think he made the right decision to stay closer to home with his new baby. Good luck at Maryland (except when you play us!)

SilverBulletNYC's picture

Good luck, Taivon. He's a man for putting family first. You can't knock him for that...We'll be seeing you soon, Mr. Jacobs.

The South will NOT rise again!

jaxbuckeye's picture

Am I missing something here?  Did he not have a child when he originally committed?  I just don't understand these kids.

Culp's Freaking Hill's picture

Not sure, but it doesn't matter at this point.  He made the right choice today to be the best father he can be.
(also, makes the overall look of the B1G faster in the future)

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703Buckeye's picture

He had the kid when he originally committed to OSU. I'm happy he took the time to think things over and stay close to home, it's probably better for his whole situation.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

theobi's picture

Best of luck to Taivon. Shows a lot of maturity to give up your dream school to take care of your family. I hope he does great things

SuperBuckFan08's picture

Best of luck to the kid. 
BTW, there's a typo in the Grey Box. "Dontre Wilsono" 

Because I couldn't go for three.   -Woody-

Culp's Freaking Hill's picture

The "o" at the end is short for offensiveattack.  It's new.

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avail31678's picture

Good luck to youTaivon!  I wanted to see what you could do as a buckeye with your wicked speed, but I'll be anxious to see you do well at Maryland.  Watch out, though, when league play starts wtih Maryland in the B1G - we got some boys that are gonna hit you!
Dont' forget to make some "plays" as a Dad too. 

Mi.Buckeye's picture

Bad gray box!
Good luck to you Taivon!

osu07asu10's picture

so it would be  GrEy box then...

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D. Anthony's picture

Good luck... and keep it in your pants

D. Anthony

Whosisbrew's picture

The fact that a young man of his age was able to view his situation with such a mature perspective is truly admirable. Good luck, fella.

dubjayfootball90's picture

Good luck to you, sir. Take care of your academics and your family and the be the best man you can be for everyone on your life

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

Unky Buck's picture

Best of luck to him! Can't blame a kid for wanting to do what's right for his family.

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Dr. Kenneth Noisewater's picture

Good Luck Taivon.  You made the right call for your family, that is #1.
And good luck to teams trying to stop you and Diggs on the edge together, yikes.

BucksfanXC's picture

I just want to say I came into this thread to neg the shit out of anyone who said something stupid to this young kid making his life altering decision. I was pleasantly surprised that I got to upvote a bunch of classy commenters instead. Way to go everyone! Make the Great State of Ohio Proud!

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

BucksfanXC's picture

Addendum: I hope we are all this understanding with any other recruit that makes this decision, we'll see later today with E-Z-E possibly. I have high hopes for everyone! Stay classy 11W!

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater's picture

Too funny, I was expecting the same thing.    Faith in (Buckeye) Humanity restored.

tennbuckeye19's picture

I'm thinking when Zach Smith reportedly told Jacobs not to enroll early and to enjoy his senior year, perhaps it had to do with his daughter and spending time with her. 
I hate losing anyone in a class, but I wish him the best at Maryland. 

buckeye76BHop's picture

"The departure of Jacobs now gives the Buckeyes 25 commits in the class of 2013, although while he is talented, it is not thought of as a huge loss considering the group Urban Meyer has put together."

This^^^Same thing I said last night...with what we got today...it doesn't matter much.
Good luck to him and his family.

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

abrahajc's picture

thank you buckeye fans for reacting with class to this. I think this young man did a very admirable thing considering his circumstances at home.

acBuckeye's picture

Good luck Taivon. You take care of that little girl. You have more than just yourself to think about now. Very admirable.

theDuke's picture

Good decision to take care of your daughter young man. Get a degree and see where the world takes you. Best of Luck! We'll be seeing you soon! ;)


MackRM408's picture

Good decision by the young MAN. Thats a big boy decision. Here's hoping everything works out him and his little girl.

bukyze's picture

Nice to see Taivon make a mature, intelligent decision.  Love to see that he's putting his family first.  Best of luck young man!

Sean N's picture

Who was the speedster from Maryland a couple of years ago?  He came and played a little WR as a freshman.  Then he transferred somewhere.  Whatever happened to him?  Did he do well?

BucksfanXC's picture

Lamar Thomas? Not sure what he's doing now.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

MackRM408's picture

Wasn't he Flash Thomas? Im pretty sure he went to like Arizona, ASU or New Mexico for some reason

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater's picture

It was Lamaar Thomas.    Transferred to New Mexico.   2012 was his senior year, had 15 catches for 165 yards and a TD.   29 catches, 360 yards and 3 TD's for his 4 years combined between OSU and new Mexico.  

Sean N's picture

That's the guy.  Thanks for the info. Easier than googling or something.
I guess that's a good thing to keep in mind about this circus.  We're all so excited about these guys today, but some of them will be long gone in five years and we won't care or even remember their names.

Phillips.449's picture

Taivon is a "Grown man" for making a decision that is best for his family.  It hurts but Buckeye Nation understands.  We wish you and yours the best.

DefendOhio's picture

You want to see why 11w forums/threads are some of the better ones out there in College Football? Take a look at this thread. A lot of other sites/fan bases would have trashed this decision. Nothing but class here. Well done guys and gals. 

Earle's picture

Would rather he be a good dad than a Buckeye.  And I wanted him to be a Buckeye.  Good choice, son.

Snarkies gonna snark. 

BuckeyeNinja's picture

Once a Buckeye always a Buckeye....I prefer to think of him as a Buckeye in Terrapin colors

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

See you in 2014, Taivon.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

BucksfanXC's picture

I almost forgot they are going to have to play us. Joining the conference, DUH!

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

otrain2416's picture

Get to play football with his bro and be close to his daughter seems like a win win to me

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

GoBucks713's picture

No but really, good luck Taivon. Personally I think it took some serious maturity to decide to stay closer to his daughter, which in the end will benefit him in his personal life more than he can imagine.

-The Aristocrats!

MediBuck's picture

You can't argue with his decision. Family comes first, and he needs to take care of his daughter. Wish the kid good luck with his future. Hope he can make Maryland competitive by the time they join the B1G.

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes

Smanpoint10's picture

can't blame him. i have utmost respect for him to stay and take care of his daughter

RedStorm45's picture

That's tough, grew up a Buckeye fan too.  That said, he and Diggs? Watch out, rest of big ten who doesn't have our DB's.

Baroclinicity's picture

Best of luck to the young man, and as others have stated, can't blame him.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.