Matt Visinsky

2018 running back Alex Jacobs talks SMU offer, recruitment

Demo talked with 2018 Cy Ridge (Tex.) running back Alex Jacobs about his SMU offer and expanded role in his senior season.

Size, speed, strength, vision—2018 Cy Ridge running back Alex Jacobs has it all.

Last season for a Cy Ridge team that went 11-3 and lost in the fourth round of the playoffs, Jacobs opportunities came as a change of pace back.

Arizona State signee Trelon Smith was the featured back for the Rams last season, rushing for 2,191 yards on 295 carries.

Jacobs only carried the ball 131 times in 14 games, but finished the season with 916 yards, 10 touchdowns, and an average of 7.0 yards  per carry. 

Heading into his senior season, Jacobs will get his chance to show what he can do with the lion’s share of the carries.   

“I’ll definitely be seeing a lot more playing time this season because I’ll be an actual starter,” Jacobs said. “I’m just working hard on improving my craft—trying to be more versatile, catching the ball and stuff like that so I can really help my team.” 

Given his role during his junior season, Jacobs thought he might need to show some schools what he could do as the featured back first before the offers started coming through, but that wasn’t the case.

Back in March, he picked up his first offer from Rice. Just last week he picked up another from SMU.

“It has been nice,” Jacobs said. “I wasn’t expecting to get any offers really until later in the upcoming season. It has just been really nice.”

Up until he was offered by by SMU running backs coach Jeff Taylor, Jacobs hadn’t really been thinking too much about the Mustangs. In fact, the 6’0” 205-pound tail back says the offer came out of the blue.

Since picking up his second offer, Jacobs has had some time to do some research on SMU and has also talked with the Mustangs’ offensive coordinator Joe Craddock.

“Talking to Craddock was good,” Jacobs said. “He is a good guy. I think it is a good program. They have a lot of history and have a strong academics. After that offer, I’ve been doing a lot of research, and I like SMU.”

Jacobs says right now he has been getting a good vibe from UTSA and LA Tech. He also says he has quite a few camps on his radar and isn’t sure how he will plan out his summer just yet, but he wants to visit SMU if he gets the chance.  

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