Signing Day Surprise

Wednesday was the first day that mid-term JUCO graduates could sign with D-1 schools. The Aggies were pursuing several mid-term prospects but the fist signed LOI came from a very unlikely source. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop has all the details and quotes from the newest Aggie.

It happens every year. A recruit has a last minute change of heart and chooses another school on national signing day. For Aggie fans, it seems these signing day switches go against the home team. But on Wednesday, the tables were reversed as longtime Texas A&M commit turned Tennessee verbal pledge Tramain "Otis" Jacobs in the end faxed his signed letter of intent to Coach Sumlin and the Texas A&M football office.

"Yes sir, I faxed my LOI to Texas A&M this morning," Jacobs told Aggie Websider's David Sandhop.

The Gulf Coast Community College (MS) product had a productive 2011 season registering 39 tackles, 14 pass break-ups, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries (one returned for a touchdown) , and a kickoff return for a score to go along with 647 total return yards. Rated as a three-star prospect, Jacobs' strengths are his quickness and hip flexibility. He discussed the timeline over the past 48 hours that led to his switch to the Aggies.

"I talked to Coach Sumlin for the last time on Monday night. He's a good coach and he's a winner, but at that time I told him I was going with Tennessee," Jacobs said. "On Tuesday, I started thinking about the opportunities at both schools and I took another look at the depth chart."

Texas A&M graduates both starting cornerbacks (Terrence Frederick, Coryell Judie) along with the No. 3 cornerback Lionel Smith after next week's bowl game. The Aggies return only one corner with significant game experience, Dustin Harris. In the end, it was that fact that swayed Jacobs back to his original commitment.

"Coming in as a JUCO, you only have so much time to compete and you have to go where the opportunity is," Jacobs said. "After looking at the depth chart again, I started thinking more about Texas A&M. I called Coach Williams (A&M DL coach) last night and told him I was starting to rethink my decision but I still wasn't sure what I was going to do."

So while the Texas A&M staff was still holding out hope that his signed LOI would come across the fax machine Wednesday morning, they did not know for sure what was going to happen until the fax started transmitting.

"Really, it was probably about 1:30 in the morning when I finally decided it would be Texas A&M," Jacobs said. "Both schools have good academics and great facilities. It came down to where I thought I had the best opportunity to compete immediately and that was Texas A&M."

Jacobs has graduated Gulf Coast Community College and after spending the holidays with his family will make the move to College Station after the new year.

"I'm going to A&M on January 8," Jacobs said. "I'm excited about playing at a D-1 school, and I'm excited to get my career started at Texas A&M."


Aggie Digest Top Stories