Colleges Checking Out Parkview Junior

A football recruiting report features a talented Peach State junior with an Auburn football connection.

Lilburn, Ga.--One of the more impressive athletes at the fourth annual Scott Kennedy Competitive Edge Sports Combine in Duluth, Ga., was Parkview High School junior Brandon Jacobs.

A two-way football player, who lines up at running back and linebacker, the 6-0, 237-pounder showed his quickness with a 4.53 clocking in the 40-yard dash.

"I have been playing football since I was about nine years old," Jacobs tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I have been playing both sides of the ball all of my life. I am pretty good on both sides. I try my best."

Jacobs says he isn't certain if he is more effective as an offensive player or defensive player or which one he likes playing the most. "It is kind of hard to say because I like both sides of the ball," he says. "I can't pick either one."

A versatile athlete who plays first base and the outfield in baseball, football is his main sport. When asked about his statistics from last season, Jacobs says, "I missed two games my junior year. I had about 900 yards running on about 120 carries."

His team's offense featured split backs and as the season progressed it spent more time in the shotgun formation, something Jacobs expects to see more of his senior season.

When asked if he has an early list of favorite colleges, Jacobs says, "Basically, I have liked any school in the SEC."

He has a family connection to one of the SEC's power programs where a relative, Steve Wallace, was a star offensive tackle who moved on to become an All-Pro player for the San Francisco '49ers.

"Uncle Steve played at Auburn a couple years ago--actually more than a couple of years ago," Jacobs says of the 1980s AU standout. "He is retired from the '49ers. He is a good guy. He gives me football advice all of the time. He has a little son who looks up to me."

College coaches have already noticed what Jacobs has done on the football field. He ran a 4.31 NFL shuttle at the Kennedy Combine and did a 34-inch vertical jump and his standing broad jump was strong, too, as he leaped nine feet, five inches.

"I have gotten some letters from Auburn, Clemson, N.C. State and Florida," says Jacobs, who notes that he plans to take multiple visits to on-campus football camps prior to his senior season to get a better feel for where he wants to play his college football. He notes that he is definitely interested in Auburn.

Jacobs, who just took the SAT, says the he makes A's and B's at Parkview High.

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