Jacobs comes away ‘impressed' from ASU visit

For such a coveted prospect, four-star linebacker Seth Jacobs' recruitment has been fairly quiet. The next few months are naturally going to be quite different in nature. The Arroyo Grande (Calif.) standout began his official visit circuit this past weekend at Arizona State and talked to Devils Digest about his recruitment with the Sun Devils who are on Jacobs' short list of favorites.

"It was a great experience and I really had a good time," said the 6-2 215-pount Seth Jacobs. "I got to tour the whole campus, get to see what happens there when you are a student-athlete. It was great hanging out with some of the players and get more of a student-athlete perspective. I liked how the defense played (versus Colorado). I was impressed with the defensive line because in order to do your job as a linebacker you need to have a solid front. They both did their job and I was impressed.

"I already visited here in the spring so I knew what to expect and nothing really surprised me. I always liked Arizona State and they are one of my top schools."

Jacobs always felt that academics are going to be a big part of his ultimate decision, and in this aspect the Sun Devils were able to make a strong imprint on him as well.

"They (ASU) definitely proved that saying that Arizona State is just a party school is not true and that they are a great academic school," Jacobs commented. "In comparison to other schools academics aren't an issue. That was good to see. All the visitors talked to the University President and he was very informative about what each particular program can offer to each recruit and what they wanted to do."

Jacobs plays both running back and linebacker for the 8-1 Eagles and excels on both sides of the ball. On the ground he has collected 326 yards (13.5 yards a carry) and five touchdowns. On defense he leads his squad with 84 tackles, and also has two interceptions and three passes defended thus far in the 2011 season.

Jacobs is being recruited by his suitors mainly as a linebacker, but the possibility of playing safety has also been discussed, which is the approach ASU is taking concerning his recruitment.

"It's not really an issue for me what position I play," Jacobs claimed. "I know I'm a player that can do a lot of different things. The Arizona State coaches like how I play with reckless abandon and fast. I can cover a lot of ground, have good instincts and am very athletic.

"They said I bring a lot of value at the linebacker spot, because they can keep me an outside backer out there and not bring a nickel back when they switch coverage. That's how see my game."

Jacobs indicated that he doesn't plan to make his decision before signing day, but that his list of favorites right now consists of only a few schools.

"My top schools are Arizona State, Oregon and Arkansas," Jacobs stated. "I'm going to visit Arkansas this weekend because I have a bye week and Oregon sometime after my season is over. Other schools may come into the picture that I might take visits to, but right now I'm focusing on three schools and focusing on finishing up my senior season.

"I can see myself taking all five officials. Northwestern may be one of those schools I visit. They are in the East Coast which I never been to before and they have great academics. I'm still looking over some other schools I'm possibly going to check out, so we'll see. I'm looking for a school that for sure has good academics, a good football team that is a winning program and an environment where I can see myself living at for four years.

"I know it's going to be a tough decision."

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