Disappointing Birthday For Jacobs

When North Carolina commit Vince Jacobs woke up Friday morning – his 18th birthday – he wanted two birthday presents: a Tar Heel win in their home opener and a Providence Day victory over rival Charlotte Latin. Unfortunately, he didn't get either.

Jacobs, a 6-foot-7, 220-pounder, led an undefeated Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Day squad against Charlotte Latin in an important conference match-up. Injuries at wide receiver, the sitting of Louisiana transfer tailback Moncell Allen, and inopportune turnovers contributed to a 20-14 loss.

"It was our most competitive game so far," said Jacobs. "We lost it in the end. The thing that really hurt us was we had two big turnovers inside their 30-yard line. So we were in scoring position and we gave it away. The defense did better than expected, we just couldn't get it in the end zone."

According to Jacobs, the theme of impressive defensive play and offensive problems also played out during North Carolina's contest against Big Ten power Wisconsin.

"The defense definitely had a big-time show for sure," said Jacobs. "To stop one of the top five offenses in the NCAA to only 14 points, which was amazing considering they were on the field a lot of the night. I guess the offense didn't get it clicking all the way."

Jacobs was also "impressed with all the opportunities they gave the tight end" – the position he's expected to play once he suits up in Carolina Blue.

Three weekends back, Jacobs made a cameo at Carter-Finely Stadium for the N.C. State-Virginia Tech game creating rumblings in regards to his commitment status. However, Jacobs assures that the unofficial visit was nothing more than attending a major ACC match-up.

"The only reason we went was because it was a big-time game," said Jacobs. "It had nothing to do with a lack of interest in Carolina at all. [The Tar Heels] weren't playing and it was just the best game to go to. I'm still 100% committed to Carolina."

Jacobs will attend every North Carolina home game and the away games that are within decent driving distance. However, during weekends that don't meet those requirements, he will continue to attend other schools' games.

By the end of the season, Jacobs should make plenty of additions to his trophy case being on the watch lists for All-Conference, NCISAA All-State, and the Private School Shrine Bowl roster. In just four games, Jacobs has racked in 19 catches for 200 yards and three touchdowns. He also continues to improve as a blocker helping create holes for a rushing attack that has posted over 500 yards.

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