A three-star prospect according to Scout.com, Jacobs would love nothing more than to continue in the Tar Heels' rich tight end tradition. He decided against track this year in order to concentrate on weight training.
"Tight end is definitely going to be where my future will be," said Jacobs, who will turn 19 on the same day Carolina hosts Furman on Sept. 16.
Jacobs has hopes of impressing enough in training camp to find some playing time in his first year. He'll have to shine mightily, however, as Jon Hamlett, Rock Wells and Richard Quinn already bring experienced depth to the position.
"The coaches have just kind of given me an overall, generalized message to come in ready to go," Jacobs said. "They haven't individualized it with me much to this point."
In his final two prep seasons, Jacobs caught 67 passes for 10 touchdowns, playing primarily at wide receiver and tight end. But his size and speed also made him a versatile athlete that also played H-Back and defensive end at times.
"You can't coach 6-7," Providence Day coach Keith Flynn said. "When he sticks his hands up, he may be ten-feet tall. He's a tall, big target, and he's got great soft hands."
But as tall as Jacobs is, it's his flexibility and athleticism that most impressed the Tar Heels' head coach.
"Coach [John] Bunting used the term as a ‘bender,'" Flynn said. "For a big guy like that to be able to get his body down in position, make moves, lower his hips, change direction – that is what I think they really liked about Vince."
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