From Sherron Collins and Julian Wright to Cliff Alexander and Jamari Traylor, Kansas has had success recruiting the Chicago area.
That continued on Sunday, when Bill Self and his staff dipped into Chicago again, this time pulling a commitment from 2019 guard Markese Jacobs.
"I feel like Kansas is the school I’ve always wanted to go to," Jacobs told Scout. "I feel like they go through their guards. They are a great guard team. I feel like I fit their category in their guards."
Although a young player, Jacobs was being heavily pursued by local schools like Illinois and DePaul. Why such an early decision? Jacobs told Scout that it was something he couldn't up.
"It’s an opportunity of a lifetime," Jacobs said. "I don’t’ want to wait and mess it up. I want to take it now and start preparing."
Kansas began recruiting Jacobs after assistant Jerrance Howard watched him with the Mac Irvin Fire 16's and 15's during the summer. Shortly after the Jayhawks offered him a scholarship and the relationship began to grow.
"The relationship is real close," he said about Howard and Self. "They’ve been supporting me for a long time. They’ve been in my ear for a long time so our relationship is real close."
On the court, Jacobs is known for his speed, toughness and ability to score the ball.
"His number one strength is his athleticism and number two is his toughness," Mac Irvin Fire coach Jimalle Ridley told Scout. "His game is very similar to Sherron Collins. But he shoots thre ball better at the same stage."
"He's an unbelievable athlete," Ridley added. "He's about 6-1. He's not a conventional point guard, but is more of a scoring guy and playing making guard."
Jacobs is Self's first pledge of the 2019 recruiting class.