A Conversation With Jacob Sirmon, Part 2

We recently spoke with Jacob Sirmon, a 6-4.5, 225-pound quarterback prospect from Bothell who also happens to be a 2018 verbal commit to the University of Washington. In part two of our two-part interview, we get Jacob's take on social media, recruiting, how he feels about Chris Petersen and how a conversation might go with Jim Mora.

Does it seem to you like you've been committed to Washington for a very long time?

"Yeah, I know. I'd be the longest commit that coach Petersen has signed so far in his reign at U-Dub, so it's been a great ride so far."

Has he ever talked to you about how early they offered you?

"Yeah, that was part of the discussion when he first offered me and I thought about committing. As this game progresses, and scouts and recruiting gets more aggressive, that's kind of the nature of the game. He kind of told me about that and that's kind of an understanding and we're on really good terms talking through that."

How has it been with everyone trying to get a piece of you as the recruiting process goes on?

"I just have to keep it all in perspective. The Lord has been so good to me and every day you can't live up to the hype. There's a difference between hype and confidence my Dad always says. Hype is hollow. People can talk all they want but at the end of the day you have to have a body of work to show for it. I'm working every day to build that confidence in yourself, and at the end of the day that's what truly matters."

How do you deal with the constant chatter on social media?

"I'd say there's two major things. One, God is my rock and foundation and at the end of the day you come back to that to keep you grounded. Two, my parents. My parents do a really good job of keeping me grounded and humble and keep it in perspective what I'm working toward and what that involves."

What's the craziest thing you've heard about you on social media?

"I get these tweets every once in a while that pop up under my name. 'We got it through a reliable source that Jacob Sirmon is headed to Alabama', or 'headed to Louisville', or 'headed to LSU'. I always wonder who these reliable sources are. I'm curious. I'm going to the University of Washington, so I look at those and I always start cracking up. Where are these guys getting their allegedly 'reliable' information? That's always a laugh when I see those, but other than that it's pretty straightforward."

It seems like it's easier to be drawn into the negative part of social media than the positives.

"I think the coolest thing about social media for me is the ability to reach out to these other guys I'm recruiting and bring them together for the best class for the University of Washington 2018 recruiting class. So it's fun to see guys, especially younger guys I've known from a young age, grow up and do their recruiting process and see where that ends up for them."

On the situation with your commitment and UW also taking another QB for 2018 (Colson Yankoff)...

"I think it's time to put this to rest. People hit me up all the time, saying 'what's going on?'. Nothing has changed in my head. No matter where I go there's going to be competition and I'm blessed enough to where I've had an opportunity to be at U-Dub and stay committed. To me, nothing has changed. I believe iron sharpens iron, and I know Colson through different activities and stuff and I know he's a great guy. I look forward to being friends with him, as well as competitors on the field. In my mind, I'm a Dawg and iron sharpens iron."

Did they tell you up front they were looking at taking two quarterbacks?

"Yeah. So a couple weeks back before they offered Colson, just through depth chart issues and the way the program was running they came to the realization they needed a second quarterback. So they brought me in a really respectful manner and told me the situation and whatnot. I understood. At first it's hard to hear that and knowing in your head you're always the guy, but at the end of the day it's team first and that's what coach Petersen recruits. I'm fully supportive and I understand that."

How was your phone immediately after Yankoff's commitment?

"That was one of those things where you've just got to turn it off and step away for an hour. I didn't know until about 20 notifications popped up on Twitter within 20 minutes. Nebraska was on the phone, Mike Riley, UCLA...all these dudes hit me up. They were like, 'Hey Jake, what's going on?'. You have to take a moment and step back and look at it not from an emotional point of view, but from a business strategy point of view and take a moment and remove yourself from the situation and look at it in a little while when your head is in a better spot.

"It's kind of one of those things where you put it on silent and step away, otherwise it's buzzing. I used to freak out about that kind of stuff so much more than I do now. The recruiting process, as you get more used to it and as you grow up through it, gets less and less exciting the more you get recruited. Once you find a home and your fit, that contentment really satisfies yourself on a deep level. I found that with U-Dub and I'm so happy and pleased that that's a position and spot and opportunity I'm available to. I'm really at peace and really feel good about that."

For instance, what if a coach like Jim Mora calls you tonight?

"I'll answer respectfully and say hey coach. I appreciate whatever you're doing and I wish you the best of luck. They know I'm committed to U-Dub and that kind of conversation dies out pretty quickly."

What's your view on coach Petersen?

"I think coach Pete is probably my favorite coach I've ever met through my recruiting process. I've never met a more genuine man that stands by not only producing great young athletes and great football players, but genuinely producing great men and preparing them for the outside field. I have the privilege of living pretty close to the university, and I go down there probably 2-3 times a week just for meetings and practices and Tuesdays and Thursdays they have team meetings before individuals and he always gets up and identifies five or six good plays from the day before - not the plays that wow you, the great run or the great interception, but it's the little things that people don't notice. He does a good job of picking them up and recognizing these players for the work that no one else sees. That creates an environment and an atmosphere around the facilities where everyone is valued and his catchphrase 'OKG', Our Kinda Guys - that's just the standard.

"You walk in there and I'm not even signed there yet and everyone's shaking my hand and saying what's up like I'm one of them. So just the atmosphere and the way he brings that sense of acceptance and feeling is something you can even mimic or see anywhere else."

What's the biggest misconception of you?

"'Everything comes easy to you'. I usually don't reply to that because I don't want to get into a deep explanation, but it's interesting that people that aren't into football or don't understand the intricacies of what goes into it can never understand the hardships and the things you go through. I didn't just pop out of the womb one day and all of a sudden I'm a Division-1 quarterback. I was blessed by God with certain gifts - height and weight and a certain skill set - but 11 years now I've been working toward this. Never a day goes by where it's easy. You're always working toward some goal in mind some mechanic you need to tighten up, some film session that's hard to watch. Things are never easy, and if it was then everyone would do it. I think that's one of the biggest misconceptions."

So who is the one recruit on UW's board right now that would prove you're as good a recruiter as a quarterback?

"Shoot...I'm working on Kyler Gordon right now. M.J. (Ale), a local guy, lineman. Those are my guys right now. I think I have a pretty good track record. I got Austin Osborne and my cousin Jackson Sirmon. Those are two guys I really feel close with and are good friends of mine. At the end of the day, coach Pete is the man and he brings in the guys he wants in his locker room. No matter what happens I'm excited and I can't wait to get down there."

If I'm a QB, I'm going after M.J. Ale.

"Heck yeah. That's the guy you want protecting your blind side."

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A Conversation With Jacob Sirmon, Part 1


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