One of the nation's top outside linebacker/safety prospects took an unofficial visit this weekend to see Arkansas – a place where the coaches are very well known to his dad.
Arroyo Grande (CA) standout Seth Jacobs (6-2, 205) looked over the Razorback program on Sunday – a day after taking a trek to visit to Oklahoma State.
"I had a great visit to Arkansas and was very impressed," Jacob said. "They have great coaches and tremendous facilities, the best I have seen. It's SEC football, which is the best out there so I just came away really impressed with what I saw."
Jacobs' dad played at Tulsa's Booker T. Washington – where he was coached by the dad of Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee.
He then went on to play his college football at Idaho, where current Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino and assistant John L. Smith were coaches.
"He knows all those guys really well and has a lot of familiarity with how they coach and what kind of football guys they are," Smith said. "I was very impressed with all of the coaches I met today. They were very straight up with me and that's what I want to hear, what I need to hear. The truth about how things are."
He spent most of his time on Sunday with defensive coordinator Willy Robinson.
"He really knows what he is doing, really has a great background with the NFL and college and a plan on what he wants to get done on defense and how to develop players," Jacobs said. "I was very, very impressed with how he laid out his plan for me. The whole coaching staff is very organized and very impressive."
Jacobs, the nation's 22nd-best safety according to Scout.com, has 14 offers – including one from Arkansas.
He is teammates with quarterback Brent Vanderveen – another Arkansas and Oklahoma State target.
"It's a possibility we night end up at the same place, but our decisions will be made on what is best for each of us – not something where we would just be going to the same place," Jacobs said.
He has offers from such high majors as Arkansas, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Northwestern, and Oregon State.
Jacobs is also getting interest from schools such as Michigan, Oregon, USC and Utah.
"I am still open to other schools that my offer me a scholarship, but I am going to try and narrow it down to five about the time my senior season starts," Jacobs said. "I would say I am wide open right now and that distance will not be a factor in my decision.
He had an outstanding junior season while playing a whopping eight positions – quarterback, wide receiver, tight end, running back, two linebacker spots and both safety spots.
Jacobs, who prefers defense, had 106 tackles and added three interceptions, a trio of fumble recoveries and four pass break ups while in coverage.
The Razorbacks see him as prospect for their hybrid linebacker/safety spot they have dubbed "Jack."
"I really like playing defense, really loving playing the game of football," Jacobs said. "I feel like my strengths are my love for the game and how I run to the football no matter where it is at. You can always get better at every facet of the game, but I have a good work ethic so I keep working to do that."
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