Jacobs Finds a Home

After an impressive showing at Cincinnati's Friday Night Lights Camp, Carter Jacobs wasted little time before giving the Bearcats his verbal pledge.

Last Friday found prospects from several states looking to open the eyes of Tommy Tuberville and his coaching staff.

One prospect that got the job done was Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage School safety Carter Jacobs.

Wednesday, Jacobs issued his verbal pledge to the Bearcats.

"I had a great time at camp," said Jacobs about his Friday Night Lights experience. "Cincinnati originally started recruiting me a couple of months ago when Coach (Eddie) Gran came by the school and checked me out.

"He saw my highlight tape and they liked what they saw. However, they really wanted to see me in person and invited me up to camp. So I came up and did the camp and I did what I had to do when I was there and they offered me a scholarship.

"I loved the area and the feel of everything and really thought that it was the place to go. So I made my commitment."

It was the Florida natives camp experience and ties to the program that might have sealed the deal for the Bearcats.

"It was great working with Coach Clinkscale," said Jacobs. "It was big for me to get a chance to do some work with the coach that is going to be coaching me the next four years. So to do a little work with him was actually really good as I got a chance to know what kind of coach he is and how he'll push you in drills and in practice.

"There is also a guy from my school (Tyler Cogswell) who is playing tight end up there and he kind of showed me the ropes and how the players do things. I just love how it's a family over there and how they do everything together like workout together and go to class together.

"Everything there is about them working with each other and working things out. There is a great atmosphere; the school is great and they have a great business school. There is not really anything to say bad about it."

Jacobs may not have enjoyed the recruiting process but fully understands he'll get his chance to repay the faith shown in his abilities by the Bearcats coaching staff.

"The recruiting process wasn't the best for me," he explained. "There was a lot of talk about me being underrated. I don't really like worrying about that stuff and just kept my composure when it was brought up. I found the right place for me and all of those other places wasn't the right place and didn't work out. So Cincinnati was the place for me."

A solid student in the classroom who carries a 3.8 GPA, Jacobs uses his smarts on the field as well.

"Cincinnati wants me to play the safety on the back end," said Jacobs. "They really want me to conduct the defense and I feel my football IQ is what separated me from a lot of guys. I know who to read an offense well and when I see something, I make a play happen. So they really want me in the back end so I can control the defense and be the field general/quarterback of the defense."

Standing just under 6-foot-2, 1956-pounds, Jacobs looks to bring more than just smarts to the field as a Bearcat.

"My strengths are that I'm really good at tackling in the open field," he said. "I know when to make the big hit and when to make a solid clean tackle. My coverage skills in man are pretty good, but no one really knows much about that as I'm not really playing down that much. I'm more of a zone type guy. But you can always work on the little things with your game and that can make you a better all around player."

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