East Carolina’s lone quarterback commit for the 2015 class, John Jacobs, made it out for his first game day experience at ECU during the Pirates heartbreaking loss to UCF last Thursday night. Despite the outcome, Jacobs had a great time while on his visit.
“The atmosphere was great even though the game ended the way it did,” said the 6-foot-1, 211-pound Jacobs. “It was impressive to see ECU battle back and the crowd was really supportive regardless of the outcome, which is different than most colleges.”
The Pirates are on great terms with Jacobs, their only quarterback commit in the 2015 class, who described his commitment as being 100 percent since pledging in May. ECU’s offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley has a strong relationship with him that has ultimately played a huge part in his recruitment.
The visit was a metaphorical cherry on top of Jacobs’ commitment. He is already developing relationships with his future teammates and being around them before a game was big.
“My favorite part was going on the field and being around the players,” said Jacobs. “I know a lot of the guys and I feel like a part of team already. It was great to interact and hangout with my future teammates. Riley told me the game plan in the locker room before the game, it was an awesome sneak peek of what’s to come.”
There have been recent rumors and reports of Riley being contacted for multiple head coaching vacancies around the nation with the potential front-runner being Kentucky. Whether Riley is even considering another school is unknown, but Jacobs is confident Riley won’t leave ECU any time in the near future.
The two parties will meet again soon.
“Riley and (inside receivers) coach Dave Nichol are coming for an in-home visit soon,” said Jacobs. “I’m looking forward to it, it’s going to be a fun time. Riley is relatable because he’s a younger coach, he’s my dude, I’m anxious to get out to ECU.”
Senior year was a challenging time for Jacobs on the gridiron. He suffered torn hamstrings in each leg, one to start the season and one to end it, which changed his production.
As a junior, Jacobs relied on his running ability half of the time. With injured hamstrings he had to rely more on passing from inside of the pocket.
“I felt limited to just the pocket so this season I became more of a pocket passer,” said Jacobs. “I wasn’t player I could have been, but I’ve recovered well and am making sure my hamstrings are 100 percent for when I get to ECU. The injuries hurt, but helped my game at the same time.”
With abbreviated playing time this season Jacobs still managed to account for more than 30 touchdowns.