Jacobson, known was "Lumpy", Myles Caragein and West Virginia commitment Gino Gradkowski live within blocks of each other and the three players are inseparable. Chris had worked diligently the entire summer to convince Myles to attend the University of Pittsburgh. He was disappointed that Gradkowski had opted to commit to Pitt's arch rival West Virginia. "Losing Gino was tough. I'm happy for him but I really hoped he would have come with me to Pitt," stated Jacobson. "I wanted Myles to commit to Pitt but he was way too hard to read. I had no clue what he was thinking. The wait until August would have driven me nuts."
What was his reaction when he discovered that Caragein had committed to Pitt? "The whole thing was funny. Before practice he pulls me aside and tells me he has to talk with me. Myles pulls me into a room and tells me he's going to tell me something but I had to keep quiet about it. He them tells me he was going commit to Pitt."
Did he keep the commitment confidential? "I started screaming, yelling, jumping up and down and punching him. I was really happy. I probably made enough noise to let our entire team know he was a Panther."
Jacobson is considered the top offensive guard in the state of Pennsylvania. Scout.com rates him a "four star" recruit and the 11th best guard in the nation. Caragein is considered a "three star" defensive lineman. Scout.com Big East Analyst Bob Lichtenfels ranks Jacobson the 5th best player and Caragein the 11th best player in the state of Pennsylvania.
"I have recruited Myles all summer but this was his decision. He really liked Coach (Dave) Wannstedt and staff. I remember about three months ago we had a one on one tug of war at practice. Each of us wore a harness and we got into a bear crawl position. I told him he had to go to Pitt if I beat him. I won the match, not by much, and I told him I would remind him of my win all the time. I don't think that had too much to do with him becoming a Panther!"
When asked to describe Caragein as a football player, Chris replied, "He's very good. His main asset has to be his strength. Myles is one strong guy and he's knows a lot about leverage because of wrestling. He can shut down the run game."
"Myles and I are ready to get to Pitt and make an impact. We realize Pitt is rebuilding both sides of the line and we plan on being an important part of that."
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