Big Back Discusses His Status With Auburn

Football recruit Brandon Jacobs talks about his status with the Tigers after a change in head coaches.

Lilburn, Ga.--Running back commitment Brandon Jacobs said on Sunday that Auburn's decision to hire Gene Chizik came as a surprise to the Parkview High star.

"I didn't realize he was one of the candidates for the job," said Jacobs, who committed to Auburn in July.

Jacobs said he heard from Auburn assistant football coach Greg Knox on Friday. On Sunday night, Knox and Auburn's other on-the-field coaches were told by Chizik they needed to look for other jobs. "Coach knox told us to hang in there," Jacobs said. "He said we will see who is hired and he believed that things work out. I haven't heard from anybody since then."

The 6-0, 237-pounder, who rushed for 1,600 yards as a senior, said he is still committed to the Tigers. "I still feel pretty good about my decision to go to Auburn," he said. "I am keeping my options open."

Jacobs said he didn't know a lot about Chizik, who has spent the past two seasons as head coach at Iowa State. "He must be a good coach or he wouldn't have gotten the Auburn job," the prospect said.

Jacobs, who also plays linebacker, said he had around 45 to 50 tackles on defense as a senior.


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