Seth Jacobs is the No. 24 safety in the nation in the 2012 recruiting cycle, according to Scout.com's preliminary ratings. Colorado is recruiting him as an outside linebacker, a position he also plays at times for his current team.
"I was very excited. I was ecstatic," Jacobs said of receiving an offer from Colorado. "Getting my fourth offer, I was excited about that."
Jacobs said he is familiarizing himself with the coaches and the programs who have offered and are showing interest. He has talked with CU linebackers coach Brian Cabral once so far and plans to call him again this week.
"It's a great area because it's right there on the Rocky Mountains and everything," Jacobs said. "Coach Cabral, the linebackers coach, I learned a little more about him and that he was part of the 1985 (Chicago) Bears. They're definitely one of, if not the, top defenses in the NFL that has ever existed.
"They (CU) definitely have history with their linebackers and that is what they are recruiting me as."
Jacobs recorded 106 tackles and three interceptions as a junior in 2010. He played both safety positions, outside linebacker, running back and tight end for his team and plans to play a similar Jack-of-all-trades role as a senior next fall.
Jacobs said every school is recruiting him as a linebacker.
Jacobs recently visited USC unofficially and plans to go to Oregon State to watch a practice later this month. He also has plans to make an unofficial trip to Arizona State. A visit to Colorado will probably be an official visit on a game-day in the fall or late in the recruiting process in December or January. Jacobs said he doesn't plan to announce a decision until signing day next February, though he admits he might make the decision well ahead of that point.
Jacobs said he is totally open to every school he is talking to and that leaving the state for school doesn't bother him.
"Distance isn't really an issue for me," he said. "I just feel that I've got to go out and experience new things and get out of my box and figure out what I need to do in life."
Jacobs father played outside linebacker at Idaho and "a hot minute" in the Canadian Football League. He has a great-uncle who played for the Detroit Lions. So football runs deep in his family.
Jacobs said he plans to be a communications major in college. He said he is a good student and challenges himself in the classroom as well as in athletics.
What factors will play the biggest part in Jacobs' decision?
"The factors I would say are that I've just got to be in an area that I can live in for four years and definitely the football aspect," he said. "The football aspect is important. Colorado has had great tradition and I like that about them. Tradition is important to me."