The last few weeks have been full of disappointment for Oklahoma in terms of top prospects not being able to get to campus.
But the news was good Sunday as Metairie (La.) Rummel defensive end Tyrell Jacobs let everybody know he had arrived in Norman.
Arrived on Sunday and committed on Monday as Jacobs confirmed he is the eighth pledge for OU’s Class of 2015.
Defensive end had felt like something of an enigma for the Sooners in the class with no clear-cut favorites standing out. But defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery had seen something in Jacobs back in the spring and the interaction never died down.
Jacobs, who is 6-foot-4 and 260 pounds, is a three-star prospect who has offers from SEC schools like Mississippi State, Arkansas and Tennessee, but he had made it clear in the last month how eager he was to see OU.
Once the hard part of getting Jacobs to OU was over, it was about sealing the deal and the Sooners coaches did that with Jacobs.
Jacobs’ commitment is another example of just how hard OU is attacking Louisiana, especially the work of Montgomery. Before Montgomery’s arrival, the Sooners weren’t a factor in the Bayou State. It might still take a while to become a huge player, but OU is quietly starting to pick up steam.
Jacobs is the first defensive end commitment for the class although it remains to be seen whether or not he’ll be at end or defensive tackle for the Sooners.
Following a big start to June, Jacobs is OU’s first commitment since June 10 and the second defensive lineman overall, joining Jenks (Okla.) High Scout 300 prospect Marquise Overton.