With his 6-8, 230-pound muscular frame, Jeremy Jacob looked like he could have been of some help on the football field for the University of Arkansas on Saturday.
But his sport is basketball and Razorback basketball coach John Pelphrey – who hosted Jacob on an official visit this past weekend - wouldn't mind seeing him powering toward the hoop for his program in the future.
"I really like Coach Pelphrey and (UA assistant) Coach (Isaac) Brown," Jacob said. "I like their up-tempo style, the way they get up and down and how they use their guards. I like all that and they are definitely up there for me."
Jacob prepped at Baton Rouge (La.) Woodlawn before matriculating to Hargrave Military Academy, where he averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds.
He then moved on to Georgia, where he actually played six games last season while averaging 5.2 points and 3.3 rebounds before suffering a season-ending stress fracture in his foot – one that resulted in a medical hardship and eventually a decision to transfer.
He has already visited Auburn and is also drawing interest from Kansas, Kentucky, DePaul, Marquette and Washington.
"All those schools are wanting me to take visits, but I haven't decided what I am going to do just yet," Jacob said. "That's a lot of schools. I think about it every night but I don't know if I will sign early or late."
In an earlier story, Chipola assistant coach Jake Headrick noted there are several reasons why he is drawing such interest.
"First off, it's his toughness from just the type of kid he is and playing and practicing with SEC players," Headrick said. "He is a skilled four guy that can play the 3. He plays really hard, can play with his back to the basket or face up. He finishes through people, but can also step out and hit up to 18 feet."
Jacob, a four-star recruit out of high school, feels good about how his game is developing.
"I feel real good about my face-up game," Jacob said. "I am about 15 pounds heavier than when I left high school. That is going to help me because you have to be tough in the SEC. There were guys more physical than I was so I had to pack it on."
"The way I see it whether you shoot the three or you take to the basket, count it and get fouled – it all ends up being three points," Jacob said. "That's how I like to get my threes, but I can do them both."
Jacob had also been on one previous trip to Fayetteville for the Real Deal on the Hill.
"I have enjoyed my time here and I am just trying to learn everything I can," Jacob said. "I am just looking for a place I can come right in and make an impact right away. Arkansas has told me they think I would make a great impact right away."
He is thrilled to have gotten the medical hardship year, in essence giving him a chance to start over.
"It's great to have that year back," Jacob said. "After my one year at Chipola, I will have three years to play at a D-1 school and I want to take full advantage of that."
Chipola head coach Greg Heiar compares Jacob, one of eight freshmen signees, to former Chipola and Oklahoma State star Mario Boggan.
"He's the closest we've had to Boggan on the low block," Heiar told the Jackson County Floridan newspaper. "He's a very good athlete who can score, is relentless on the boards and plays extremely hard. He really competes, he can face you up and shoot it from mid-range and he can handle the ball too.
"He's got a lot of those same qualities Boggan had, but he's a better athlete and runs the floor better."
Chipola is loaded again this season after a 35-2 season – including a 24-game winning streak – with pre-season juco All-Americans Gary Flowers and Casey Mitchell.
"There's no doubt that the goal is to win the national championship," Headrick said. "I really think we can be up to the challenge this year. These guys are hungry to get that done."
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