Ohio State's pursuit of another in-state linebacker has fallen short as four-star Jestin Jacobs has signed with the Hawkeyes.
— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) December 19, 2018
An Iowa pledge since this past May, the Buckeyes extended an offer in November in the hopes of enticing the Clayton Northmont product.
Jacobs made a trip to campus for an unofficial visit during the weekend of the Michigan game. Following the trip, most agreed that the Buckeyes would need to get him back for an official if they wanted to flip the in-state 'backer. The Dec. 7 official visit came and went with little fanfare which led many to believe he'd stick with his Iowa commitment.
Hawkeye coaches then made the rounds to check in with Jacobs and it became clear that things weren't going to work out for the Buckeyes and the state's No. 7 prospect. He's the second highest-rated recruit in the Hawkeyes' 2019 class.
Ohio State has commitments from a pair of in-state linebackers in Lexington's Cade Stover and Cleveland's Tommy Eichenberg. Fort Wayne athlete Craig Young is a safe bet to end up at the position while four-star Georgia signee Steele Chambers is capable of playing both running back and linebacker.