Jacobsen Gives Early Recruiting Outlook

For the second time in three years, Texas could boast the nation's top LDS recruiting prospect. This time around college coaches will be eyeing a speedy receiver instead of a gigantic run-blocking guard. TBS gets the first report from this Lone Star state prospect.

The Dragons of Southlake Carroll High School took the Texas 5A State Championship during the 2004 season by beating rival Smithson Valley High School 27 to 24 in the Texas Bowl. The win also earned the Dragons the number #1 spot in USA Today's high school football rankings.

Starting on Southlake Carroll High School's football team is LDS wide receiver McKay Jacobsen. A speedy wide receiver who has started for the division 5A Dragons since his sophomore year of high school.

"I don't know if you are aware but we won state. I go to South Lake Carroll and we're 5A in the state of Texas," Jacobsen informed TBS. "We were actually ranked number 1 in the nation by a couple polls. One of which was USA Today. We were ranked number 1 in the nation a couple of weeks into the season after De La Sal had lost their first game.

"My sophomore year I had a really good season. I had been the punt return guy and started at slot receiver. I caught 70 passes for just under 1,000 yards, so I had a good season as a sophomore. We threw the ball a lot but that year we lost the state championship by one point so that was tough. As a freshman I was on the varsity team but did not play, but as a sophomore I had 2 punt return touchdowns and I think I had like 7 or 8 catches for touchdowns."

Following a fast start his junior year in the 2004 season, Jacobsen suffered an injury that kept him out during most of regular season play.

"I injured my right fibula. I broke it. I had a spiral fracture. I played for like the first three games and in the fourth game I injured my leg. I was out until the first week of the play-offs down here in Texas. We play up to 16 games counting a six game play-off, so I was able to come back and play the final 5 or 6 games of the year. We finished 16 and 0 and I finished up the season with 35 catches for just under 500 yards, so it was a decent season for how much I played.

"In the first three games I had around 200 and some odd yards, 2 punt returns for touchdowns and 2 other touchdowns besides that. It was actually really tough to come back. A lot tougher than I though," Jacobsen said.

Missing most of his junior year didn't deter college coaches from offering the talented wide receiver football scholarships.

"I have four offers right now. The University of Houston, University of Missouri, Texas Tech and BYU. Yeah, BYU has offered me and I'm excited. I heard they had a good recruiting class, so that's pretty exciting with the new coach in Bronco Mendenhall. I actually met him during the last summer camp. He seems like a pretty intense guys and very dedicated and that's what I like."

Other than BYU being a private college for Latter-day Saints hosting a top quality education, BYU is also an attractive college for Jacobsen from a family perspective as well.

"My older brother [Preston] is on his mission now [in Santiago, Chile] but will return in May," said McKay. "He will be attending BYU, and my sister [Brittany] attends BYU now. She's a freshman and been there almost a year now, so I could definitely see myself going up there and being around my family."

Another BYU attraction for Jacobsen is the fact former Texas Tech coach Robert Anae has been hired as their new offensive coordinator.

"It's a great school and I'm really excited about how coach Anae is going to bring in that Texas Tech offense," said an enthusiastic Jacobsen. "I'm really excited because it's the same offense we run down here at my school. We run that four wide spread with a no huddle down here at my school, and I'm a slot receiver and I can play both outside and inside. I think it would be a great fit for me to go play in that offense, so I was really, really excited when coach Anae said he was going to be coaching down there at BYU. I didn't really know him personally but when I was looking at Tech at the Tech camp, that's what brought me to look at Tech's offense and now that offense is going back up to BYU. That just makes it even better."

Jacobsen will graduate early this year so he can attend college early to prepare himself for spring practice.

"It's a lot of fun and I love being a receiver down here. I've started since I was a sophomore and it's a lot of fun to run. It would just be tons of fun to play in that offense at BYU and I plan on graduating early to attend to what ever school I go to. So after December I'll graduate from high school and I'll enroll early and go through their spring ball to get me ready for what ever I need to do.

"I'm really excited for next year. We'll have a good team next year but we are losing our quarterback," Jacobsen said of Southlake Carroll quarterback Missouri bound Chase Daniel. "We'll have a good quarterback this next year in Greg McElroy. He's about 6'2" and around 200 pounds. We have really good receivers returning next year and will have three returning receivers from last year..."

Jacobsen saw how BYU freshman sensation Austin Collie played as a true freshman and remembers playing with him during a BYU summer camp while a sophomore.

"I've watched him play this past season and he didn't look like a freshman to me," Jacobsen observed. "I remember when I was going to be a sophomore he was up there at the BYU camp and he was really good. I remember watching him and went up and saw BYU play USC and that was exciting even though USC won. I'm really excited about coach Anae going up to BYU from Texas Tech."

Jacobsen is currently preparing for another track season. Last year, He finished in the top 8 in the 200 meters in the entire state of Texas.

"I'm 5'11" but I'm getting close to 6'0". I'm about 180 pounds right now and I run a 4.4," Jacobsen said. "I'm getting ready to run track now. Last year I made it to state finals in the 200 meters in the state of Texas. I was in the final eight runners in the state, and it was pretty crazy because I was the only white kid. Hopefully I'll have another good year in track to help me with football."

Despite already having a scholarship offer, Jacobsen told TBS that he plans on attending BYU summer football camp to show case his talents once more for BYU coaches

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