Jacobs Anticipates Bright Future at Utah

FOX Sports NEXT caught up with Las Vegas (Nev.) Desert Pines point guard Julian Jacobs at the Pangos Summer Sweet Sixteen to talk his commitment to Utah, his thoughts on the future of the program, and more...

Las Vegas (Nev.) Desert Palms point guard Julian Jacobs was out at last weekend's Pangos Summer Sweet Sixteen tournament, showcasing his skill with his team, Las Vegas Prospects.

"For me, tournaments like this are about just getting guys involved. That's what coaches are looking for in addition to winning, just being a leader out there," he said.

In March, Jacobs decided to end his recruitment by committing to Utah.

"It was humbling," said Jacobs of picking up the offer. "It was great because they were the first ones to offer me and it was good to know that all my hard work had paid off and that somebody out there had noticed."

The 6'2", 170 lb. prospect had a few other offers, but felt that Utah was where his talents could be best used.

"At first I wasn't too familiar with Utah, but I've learned a lot. The staff really cares about me and I wanted to go somewhere that I was needed, not just wanted. I felt like Utah was that program for me," he said.

A visit to campus sealed the deal for Jacobs.

"The people out there are great; they really care about you. Campus is beautiful. I understand that in the winter it's going to get cold, but everything was just really nice," he said.

For Jacobs, his commitment to the Utes is a testament to his belief in a promising future for the program.

"I'm going to try to turn the program around, try to get it back to where it was. Hopefully I can come in and make a big impact my freshman year and get Salt Lake going again. I definitely feel like it can be an elite program again; that's why I'm going there," he said.

In what area does he feel like he can best contribute?

"My passing abilities. I'm really athletic, so hopefully I'll make the ESPN Top Ten every now and then," he laughed.

With his own commitment behind him, Jacobs has been busy talking up the Utes' program to other targets.

"I've been talking with Sir Washington, on my team. Utah really likes him. There are a few guys on our younger team that Utah is looking at, so I always put in a good word," he said.

Jacobs has also been working to become an even more all-around player, including taking care of his studies off of the court.

"I've been working on my shot and keeping busy in the weight room. I've been watching a lot of film, trying to get better as an overall player. I'm also working to score high on my SAT and just getting prepared for college. I know things will be a lot harder," he said.

As Jacobs enters his senior year, one thing is for certain: the status of his commitment.

"I'm going to be a Ute," he said.

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