Joshua Jacobs had a difficult decision to make on Wednesday.
So difficult that the senior running back from McLain High School in Tulsa, OK., could have used a little bit more time.
“I was like, man, give me 10 minutes,” Jacobs told reporters. “Give me 10 minutes to think about it.”
“It was a hard decision, I’m not going to lie,” Jacobs said. “I was going back between (Alabama) and Missouri. I loved the Missouri staff — real cool people and everything. But I felt like this would be the best fit for me.”
The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder had seen his recruitment skyrocket in recent weeks following a senior season in which he ran for 2,704 yards and scored 31 touchdowns.
But when it came time to make his decision and sign his letter of intent, Jacobs went with national champion Crimson Tide.
“The biggest thing was the way they addressed me about education,” he said. “They didn’t bring up football until the very end. You could tell it was about being a man more and furthering yourself more than sports. That was the biggest thing.”
The Missouri coaches made it a tough decision, however.
“I was really weighing back and forth,” Jacobs said. “It was really tough, because I really liked both. In the end the decision was kind of what was best for me. Alabama has a great engineering program I’m trying to major in — natural gas and resources.”