Getting to watch an SEC showdown on Saturday night was unlike any experience Arroyo (CA) Grande standout Seth Jacobs has every experienced.
That's what the linebacker/safety prospect said after finishing up his official to Arkansas on a weekend when the No. 7 Razorbacks downed No. 9 South Carolina 42-28 before 73,000-plus at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
"I have to be honest with you and say that I have never seen anything like the atmosphere at the game Saturday night," Jacobs said. "It was just a wonderful experience with two big-time college football teams and a crowd that was just amazing. It was big-time college football at its best. The SEC is something else."
Jacobs (6-2, 215, 4.53) paid particular attention during the game to current Razorback senior defender Jerico Nelson.
Nelson plays the hybrid "Jack" position and has excelled there for four years and that's the spot that Arkansas envisions Jacobs playing in college.
"He (Nelson) made several big plays and showed off his athleticism and hitting ability," Jacobs said. "I think that is just a perfect position for me because I can both drop in coverage and come down and make plays in the running game."
Arkansas had a couple of dropped touchdown passes, a pick six and two missed field goals, but still put the game away with two fourth-quarter touchdowns.
The Razorbacks had a 435-207 total offense advantage.
"I thought they made some mistakes that kept it from being a total blowout, but the offense played well and I thought the defense really played well against Steve Spurrier's offense," Jacobs said. "I loved how hard they competed."
Jacobs, who has family in Tulsa and whose dad played college football for Idaho when current Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino and assistant John. L Smith were on the coaching staff there, lauded the fans he met during the weekend.
Jacobs took an official visit to Arizona State and has plans to at least take another visit to Oregon, although that date has not been set up yet.
"I may also take my last two (official) visits," Jacobs said. "I'm looking at Northwestern and Colorado for those two visits. Both are great places."
Jacobs currently does not plan to make his decision public before signing date.
"I think that is what I am going to do," Jacobs said. "I just don't want to rush things and want to take my time and make sure.
"Of course this visit helped Arkansas," Jacobs added. "But just to be fair to everyone I am going to say that I had great visits to both Arkansas and Arizona State and everyone is still in it."
Arroyo Grande is 8-1 this season with Jacobs having racked up 98 tackles and two interceptions and also rushing for 326 yards and five score.
Jacobs did not have a carry in the first three quarters of his last game, but had eight totes for 121 yards in the final quarter of a 35-17 win over Paso Robles.
The Eagles, who had this last weekend off, will finish the regular season with San Luis Obispo this weekend.
They've won eight straight games since a season-opening loss.
"We've really been coming together as a team and leaving it all on the field," Jacobs said. "We feel like our best football is really ahead of us."
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