Jacobson felt comfortable with Nebrasketball

The Iowa power forward picks Big Ten basketball over Big 12 football. Come inside as he explains his decision.

After having a “tough” decision between continuing his college career in football or basketball, Waukee high school (IA) power forward Michael Jacobson committed to Nebraska this weekend. Nebrasketball that is. The Iowa prospect is the first commitment in the Nebraska 2015 class.

“It’s sort of nice to have off my shoulders and not really have to think about it or worry about it. I’m able to focus on basketball and school now,” Jacobson told Big Red Report on Friday. “I think the program is heading in a good direction. I felt it would be really cool to be part of something like that. It’s really exciting.”

A double-double machine, Jacobson averaged 17.1 points and 9.1 rebounds a game last season according to the Lincoln Journal Star. At 6-foot-7, 220-pounds, Jacobson is a power forward who can stretch a defense.

“I would say that I’m a big tough physical guy with a high basketball IQ. I’m a pretty skilled four-man that can play outside or inside as well,” said Jacobson. “I can drive it, dish the basketball, I really do about everything.”

Jacosbson committed to Nebraska on Thursday night, calling the coaching staff, but waiting to publically announce until Friday morning.

“Coach Miles was really excited. He got on the phone and was pumped up and fired up about it. He said let’s get to work,” said Jacobson. “I would say the feel I had with the coaching staff was the biggest reason I committed. I felt really comfortable with them. They have been recruiting me for quite some time, hard over the summer, and I found Lincoln was where I wanted to be. They believe in me and I believe in them.”

A tight end on the gridiron, Jacobson had a football scholarship from Iowa State.

”You can't go one way or the other. If I really want to get good at one or the other, I have to pick one,” Jacobson told Scout.com in an earlier interview. “I would really like the opportunity to play both sports but I think it'd be really hard to balance all that. Putting myself into one sport and working just on that would be a huge help.”

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