Stealth mode for 6-foot-2, 220-pound Tommy Jacobsson began when he injured his knee his junior yea. Then, despite early interest and offer from Boise State, Jacobsson decided to focus on his team as a senior and helped guide the Aztecs to the CIF Southern Section semifinals.
When the dust settled on Jacobsson's senior season, it became necessary to restart the recruiting process for him.
"I shut down recruitment during my season to focus on the team and enjoy my senior year," he said. "Since then, I've talked to Boise State but they're full at my position.
"I started making a highlight tape and I sent it out to 10 schools, and I'm going to send it to about 10 more pretty soon. I'm very excited and I think I had a really good senior year. I'm excited to see what happens."
Jacobsson was named league defensive MVP and first-team linebacker after leading his Palm Desert squad in tackles. In addition, he was named first-team all CIF section at linebacker.
He was also named first-team tight end and first-team place kicker after pacing his team in receptions, racking up the second-most receiving yards and making the most field goals in the league.
"It was a really good year. We had a lot of fun," Jacobsson said.
Now, the Southern California athlete is beginning to hear from coaches. UC Davis and Redlands have been in contact with him, and he hopes that number increases as Signing Day approaches.
"I haven't come up with a top three schools, per-say, but I have a big list of schools that I like," Jacobsson said. "It would be nice to stay close to home so my parents don't have to travel so much to come see me play."
He is also keeping his options open, meaning accepting a walk-on opportunity is not out of the question.
"I'm completely open," he said. "If a walk-on spot at one of my top schools came up, I would consider it. I still want to have an open mind about every one."
With such a versatile and successful athlete still available, it's only a matter of time before Jacobsson is scooped up. Boise State is still keeping tabs on him as well.
"I'm not really talking to any of them much at this point," he said. "But I did send them an email the other day. I'm not really expecting a spot to open up there."
Whatever school ends up earned Jacobsson's services is getting a prospect with a ton of confidence, truck loads of talent and a very high ceiling.
"I am the smartest guy on the field in just about every game I play," he said. "I'm hard-nosed and I play aggressive. I have that mixture of aggressiveness and the smarts to keep my cool and play within myself. I am a leader on the field."
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