New Coaches Make An Impression on Recruit

Running back Brandon Jacobs discusses his official visit to check out the Auburn football Tigers.

Lilburn, Ga.--Running back Brandon Jacobs says he was impressed by what he saw from Auburn's new offensive coordinator on television last week. Over the weekend, on an official visit to check out the Tigers, he got to spend time and talk offense with Gus Malzahn.

"I watched Coach Malzahn's last game at Tulsa (GMAC Bowl last Tuesday) when they had 440 yards rushing," Jacobs says. "That was really good from my perspective as an offensive player. When I was watching that game I was thinking, ‘That could be me out there in that offense playing for Auburn getting as many yards as they were gaining.' I was impressed."

Jacobs, who committed to the previous Auburn coaching staff, noted he hit it off well with the new staff including Curtis Luper, who is coaching the running backs for the Tigers in 2009.

"They are all really good guys," Jacobs says. "Luper and Trooper (receivers coach and assistant head coach Trooper Taylor) are the funniest guys. They are real down to earth and are real straight up with you.

"They seem like they will be really great coaches," Jacobs adds. "I think they really care about their players and that is what I am really looking for."

The past three years at Oklahoma State, Luper's running backs have put up impressive numbers as the Cowboys have led the Big 12 in rushing over that time period.

"He has had good running backs over the years," Jacobs notes. "He just got done with a 1,600-yarder at Oklahoma State. That impresses me. He is a coach who makes it happen."

Jacobs, a 6-0, 237-pounder, is coming off a senior season in which he rushed for 1,577 yards with 19 touchdowns at Parkview High School.

A freshman walk-on defensive back showed Jacobs around Auburn over the weekend. "My player host was a player who played at Parkview High, Brandon Evans," the running back notes. "I requested him. He is one of my pretty good friends. I had fun with him. We hung out with some Parkview people and watched a couple of movies. We basically chilled. We went out to eat and had a good time."

Jacobs says he ate well all weekend. "We had some good steak last night and had some good barbecue, good breakfasts and everything was really good," he says.

He says he enjoyed spending part of Saturday evening having dinner at Jordan-Hare Stadium. "We got down on the field and got a good view of the stadium and it looked really good."

Earlier in the day he spent time talking with various academic officials on campus. "I met with some of the sports medicine people, which is something I am thinking about majoring in," he says. "I am also interested in pharmaceutical sales, and I also thinking about going into business."

Commenting on his weekend, Jacobs says, "The visit went real good. I got to meet the coaches and got to get a real good feel for them. They are all pretty good guys. Auburn is the place I want to be. They showed me a lot of love and I had a great time all weekend."

The big running back adds, "It was a good weekend and great visit. I got meet a lot of new guys, elite players from across the South who want to go here also. It was good to get to know them."

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