Jacobs Finds a Home

The Santa Clarita (Calif.) Golden Valley linebacker, Leon Jacobs, committed to Wisconsin on his official visit...

Santa Clarita (Calif.) Golden Valley linebacker Leon Jacobs had a feeling two weeks ago that he was going to commit to Wisconsin.

Not long after the Badgers offered him, Jacobs started to feel that Wisconsin would be his future home.

All he needed was to take an official visit to Madison and really know it.

"About two weeks ago, I kind of knew that I was going to go to Wisconsin," said Jacobs. "Then I had my in-home and they told me how they wanted to use me. Once I took my visit, it definitely felt like home and I knew I'd fit right in."

So Jacobs let new head coach Gary Andersen and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda that he wanted to be a Badger.

"I told Coach Aranda and Coach Andersen I was committing and they were fired up," said Jacobs. "They really wanted me too and that meant a lot to me."

Jacobs said he was wowed on his trip.

"The facilities are awesome, they're all new and the coaching staff is really making a big effort to bond with the players on the team," said Jacobs. "I got along with each of the coaches really well. They each have their own personalities but they're all great people. The campus and Madison was beautiful."

Jacobs was hosted by Hugs Etienne, but spent a lot of time with another California product, freshman quarterback Bart Houston.

"Hugs was my host and he was really cool," said Jacobs. "And I was hanging out with Bart at the basketball game and he said he liked it at Wisconsin and was talking about going there from California. I got to hang out with a few of the other players and I liked the way they went about their business."

Jacobs also got a chance to meet with academic advisers and tour the campus and see Madison in more detail.

"I loved Madison and I like how the city is built around the college," said Jacobs.

Jacobs said he'll come in and play outside linebacker in the 3-4, and he discussed his role in the Badger defense with the coaches.

"They said they want me to play outside, but it depends on the play calling if I'll drop into coverage or rush the quarterback," said Jacobs. "We went over some of the plays with the coaches. I'll go in and June and go from there."

Brandon is in his eighth year with Scout.com, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout.com Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout.com network since 2003.
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