Jacobs Comments On Visit From AU Coaches

Parkview High running back Brandon Jacobs talks about where he stands with the Tigers and their new head coach Gene Chizik.

Lilburn, Ga.--Running back Brandon Jacobs received an in-home visit on Saturday from a pair of Auburn football coaches and talked to new head coach Gene Chizik by telephone on Saturday, the final day coaches could be on the road meeting with prospects until January.

"The visit went real well," Jacobs tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I got to meet the coaches and talk to them. Coach Chizik wasn't able to make it, but Coach (Jimmy) Perry and Coach (Joe) Whitt came.

"I talked to Coach Chizik on the phone and he said that he has great things planned for Auburn," Jacobs says. "He said that he wanted to get back to the way Auburn used to be--smashmouth football. That is always good to hear when you are a running back."

Not only is Jacobs a running back, he is a big, physical one. The 6-0, 237 pounder rushed for 1,577 yards and 19 touchdown yards as a senior for Parkview High and had close to 50 tackles in part-time duty at linebacker.

"They talked to me saying that Auburn has a history of big running backs," Jacobs notes. "They also told me they aren't sure right now who will be on the new coaching staff or who the offensive coordinator and the running backs coach will be. They told me as soon as they find out they will let me know."

Jacobs says that the visit and the phone conversation was enough to reinforce his commitment to Auburn. "I have pretty much finished it with other schools," he says. "I still have chances to go other places if I want to, but I am committed to Auburn. That is the place where I want to go. I plan to take an official visit to Auburn Jan. 9th, 10th and 11th."

The big running back says he isn't concerned that Chizik's Iowa State teams struggled the past two years. "When he got hired people were talking about how he didn't have good seasons the past two years, but after the coaches came by and told me the stats he had before, and the championship teams he coached on and how those teams improved a lot, he seems like a great coach."

Jacobs, who is also an outstanding baseball player, is training for his final high schools season in that sport. He is considered as a player who will have a chance to be drafted by Major League Baseball in June. "That is something that I will continue to look at," he says.


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