CB Jacobs Goes In-Depth On Rutgers Commitment

DePaul Catholic High (Wayne, N.J.) cornerback Davon Jacobs became the eighth member of the Rutgers recruiting class when he gave coach Greg Schiano a non-binding oral commitment. A regular visitor to campus, Jacobs spoke at-length with ScarletReport.com about his decision.

Davon Jacobs spent so much time at Rutgers the last few months it was starting to feel like home.

Now, it is.

The DePaul Catholic High (Wayne, N.J.) cornerback made the call today, ringing Rutgers coach Greg Schiano to give a non-binding oral commitment.

"I was with my coach and told him I had to tell him something," the 6-fot-2, 185-pound Jacobs said. "I called him and told coach Schiano I thought it over, talked with my parents and I want to come to Rutgers. He said that was great news, and to call him again tonight.

"I feel a big weight off of my shoulders."

Jacobs was recruited heavily, gaining offers from Boston College, Iowa, Michiga State, Wisconsin and West Virginia, and gives the Scarlet Knights another big-bodied cornerback.

He made 61 tackles and had four interceptions as a junior. He also returned two kicks for touchdowns and averaged 8.1 yards per carry on 38 attempts and scored three touchdowns at running back.

"I feel good because I think Jersey football is some of the best," Jacobs said. "A lot of kids are going to Rutgers, so I think we'll be really good."

Jacobs has been on the Rutgers campus at least a dozen times in the last 12 months, including three times in the last month.

He was there during a get-together after the Big Man Academy earlier this month, and was at the Schiano Shootout 7-on-7 Saturday. And after that event, he was getting a feeling Rutgers was the place for him.

"I think that kind of sealed the deal," Jacobs said. "I was pretty sure, but wasn't (100 percent) sure, so I decided to talk with my parents, and we decided that would be the time to do it. They wanted me to be happy wherever I go."

Jacobs acknowledged he nearly committed to Rutgers at the 7-on-7.

"I thought about it," he said. "I talked about it with my parents and I think it was a good fit for me. I think we can win a national championship. I wanted to join them, and I think it will be really good."

Jacobs said the Scarlet Knights moved to the forefront of his recruitment during visits to campus in the spring.

"When I was at practice, I liked the way coach (Jeff) Hafley and coach (Greg) Schiano coached the defensive backs," he said. "They practice real intense and that's how I like to practice."

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