Taivon Jacobs May Flip

By Alex on February 5, 2013 at 3:25p

Here is a big reason why:

Jacobs orally committed to Ohio State in July, but he said he has been reconsidering that decision in recent weeks for a variety of factors, including his desire to be close to his one-year-old daughter, Bailey.

“I’ve discussed it over with my family,” Jacobs said. “I want to make the best choice for me. I have a child. I want to make sure I’m a great father and a great player.

Jacobs' older brother, Levern, also plays for Maryland and the recent decision of slot WR Dontre Wilson to commit to Ohio State has to be hanging over his head a bit.

He is definitely a very talented player and has great potential at the college level, but losing him wouldn't be a damaging blow to a class that will likely finish within the top three in the nation. 

If Jacobs were to commit to Maryland tomorrow (around 10 AM EST), it would open up a spot for the Buckeyes to further pursue ATH Cornelius Elder or bank the scholarship for the class of 2014.



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Dean's picture

This would be disappointing, but I applaud his responsibility.  If he chooses not to be a Buckeye, all the best to him.

William's picture

Responsibility? He has a child in high school. That's the antithesis of responsibility. The kid needs to stay in Maryland, for his child's sake. 

rdubs's picture

The kid made what most would consider a mistake by having a child while still in high school. Far too often in these situations the parents (and especially the fathers) do not own their mistake and take responsibility for raising the child. So while he could have been more responsible previously, he is not running from his choice.
On a somewhat related note, the homer in me is saying that he would have a better shot at providing for his kid by going to OSU considering our record for putting receivers into the NFL. But it is hard to fault him for making this choice if he does in fact flip.

buck-I.8's picture

Yeah but he'd be providing for a kid without really being around to raise him. That's what bothers me

Dean's picture

Look, I would venture that most people anymore are, um, active before they leave high school.  Some are irresponsible about it, and some are just unlucky.  Both groups have a tendency to end up with kids.  He wants to be a good father to his child.  Give him credit.

BuckeyeVet's picture

Whoa there. I know adults AND kids who have had children while not married. Making that mistake as a teenager is just that - a stupid mistake. Staying close & being a father IS taking responsibility. Best of luck if he stays - hope he is successful wherever he's at.

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William's picture

I'm saying that he should stay, not because it's the responsible thing to do, but because it's his damn duty to do so. I said he should say for the sake of the child, but I'm not going to applaud a guy for being entirely irresponsible and then owning up to it. Shouldn't that be expected? Not applauded? 

BuckeyeVet's picture

You have a good point, William. I guess in this day & age, what used to be considered a duty, is more of an option than it used to be.  

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Denny's picture

Actually, his child is 1 year old it says so up there in the blockquote.


buckeyedude's picture

I will not downvote your comment, because I agree somewhat with your obvious frustration at the high teen pregnancy rate.
But I applaud this young man for being responsible now. How many kids are born out of wedlock and never even know their biological father?
That baby, and EVERY BABY, IMHO, needs a mother and a father. Call me old fashioned.




Would not blame him one bit if he wants to be closer to home and his child.  Hope he chooses whats best for him

buck-I.8's picture

Maybe these are the same, but I hope he chooses what's best for the child. he has to take responsibility


Thats what I'm saying, yes.  

buck-I.8's picture

I know, but one could argue that what's best for him in a vacuum is to go to OSU because of the doors it will open. But he can't afford to be selfish

BuckeyeLurker0509's picture

He's prob a Terp.
jk, best of luck wherever he ends up.

dubjayfootball90's picture

yea man, good luck to whatever he chooses. Classy guy and this just proves it.

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Maestro's picture

Just can't wait for tomorrow to be behind us.

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BuckeyeinSavannah's picture

Hate to see him leave, but I have to repect his cause.  I have a one year old and I couldn't imagine being away from her for that long.

Northbrook's picture

Odd that we didn't hear anything of this until Wilson committed.

tennbuckeye19's picture

I hadn't heard about him having a child or that his brother played for Maryland, but there were rumors about him possibly visiting Maryland within the last couple weeks or so, but he supposedly never took the trip. 

Posterchild's picture

The timing is strange as previously mentioned. However, we all have to make decisions and I won't question the decision he makes. He is an intriguing prospect, slight in build but speed to burn and I was excited to see what he would bring to the offense. It'd be great to have him sign with the good guys, but if he chooses to stay home with his family, who could blame him?

ATT2121's picture

While I would hate to lose any recruit, especially one that has been committed this long, if it would help to be a better father then good luck to him. In this day and age it seems the ability to look beyond one's self is a rare commodity. JMHO


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OurHonorDefend09's picture

Shows why OSU recruited him in the first place, in addition to his skill. I'll be bummed if Buckeye Nation loses any of these guys, but he's got some balls to take responsibility like that. I hope he does well wherever he goes.

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Qujo's picture

I seriously doubt he would flip to Maryland because it is a better opportunity or,program... So his head and heart are in the best place for him and his one year old. It's better for him emotionally and it is better for tOSU to know that now instead of two years down the line and his heart isn't into it and he transfers all the while we could have used the scholly on someone who would be more emotionally bought into playing for the Bucks. This truly (if true) is the proverbial win-win... As unfortunate as it is to lose someone of his talent level.

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buckeye76BHop's picture

If he stays...I understand that part bc I have 5 kids myself.  However...if he had this inclination about this responsibility bc he had this child already or if it's on the way since he committed to OSU, then why wait till now to flip?  That part seems a bit disingenuous to me...and not to mention...really piss poor timing.  I like this kid a lot and really thought he'd be able to contribute at PR/KR/WR after seeing some time in the weight room and with his high protein meals.  Oh well...as I said before...good luck to him (with the acquisition of Wilson and perhaps Clark...it could be worse if TJ flips)...really wanted him to be a Buckeye if he chooses to go else where.  

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okiebuck's picture

I just hope that Eze doesn't flip to Mizzou.

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buckeye76BHop's picture

@OKIEBUCK:  Are you serious man...or being sarcastic????  Otherwise...what more proof do you need????

"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."

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TexasBuck11's picture

Kids in cars cause accidents and accidents in cars cause kids

SoDakBuckeyeFan's picture

I have an 8 month old son so I completely understand and respect his decision to stay home. That said it was still kind of a dick move to lead us on this whole time. I mean he didn't know before now? 


Poison nuts's picture

I think the part of this that people aren't discussing enough is Dontre Wilson & his effect on on Taivons situation. They play the exact same position, so I imagine it's becoming clear to Taivon that playing time could be limited or a serious battle. Between that and having a child, I can see why he would stay home. He's a diamond in the rough IMO, a speedster & a playmaker no doubt. I'd like this whole class to show up tomorrow in tact, but I see this kids situation & understand completely why he might not come aboard. 

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cinserious's picture

Can't say I blame the kid for thinking about his daughter but he can play for OSU and still be a good dad.  BTW, its time for Urban to go over to Maryland and slap Randy Edsall for thinking he can play with the big boys in recruiting. Then tell him he has one year to leave the school before it becomes a yearly s--t kicking festival in the Big-ten!

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Buckeyeneer's picture

Good luck to him.

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mclovin's picture

Definitely a good choice.  He was a three star among a bunch of four stars.  He would have had a hard time seeing the field in any other capacity beyond returning kicks or punts.  The kid would definitely have been reason enough to stay and go to UM but Dontre Wilson and James Clark are ultimately what triggered this.  Best of luck to him.  We will probably run into him the next couple years.  Hopefully this doesn't come back to bite us.  Pretty sure we'll be alright.