He simply needs to outwork everybody else.
With scholarship offers at a premium this season, the 6-5, 305-pound Jacobsen recognizes the fact that the Badgers are going to be selective when it comes to passing out offers and that UW's summer camp will be his opportunity to prove his worth.
"They told me to keep working hard, go to summer camp to work hard and to make a good impression," Jacobsen told Badger Nation following his junior day. "It helps motivate to get in there every day and work."
Despite playing last season with a cast covering most of his hand and forearm, Jacobsen was named first team all-region and first team all-conference for Prescott (Wis.) HS. Both those honors came on the defensive side of the ball (finishing with around 50 tackles and nine sacks), but Jacobsen also started every game on the offensive line.
When it comes to playing in college, Jacobson could go either way.
"I've told me both ways, but Wisconsin seemed like they liked me more on the offensive side of the ball while other schools have told me the defensive side of the ball," said Jacobsen. "I think I could play either way in college."
Whether that happens at Wisconsin will be determined in the summer, but Jacobsen's visit on Saturday certainly got him excited about all the new things the Badgers program could offer him down the road.
"I really like the campus, the facilities and all of it," said Jacobsen. "They went through the new facilities they are getting in the future. That's going to be really nice and will be done by the time I would start to go there, which would be really nice."
Jacobsen also said Markuson was going to come up to watch him compete in track and possibly invite him to a couple spring practices, signifying the staff is considering him for one of three tentative scholarships allotted to the offensive line.
"He really liked my film and thought I moved really good," Jacobsen said. "I really like all the new coaches and (Markuson) said they are going to keep recruiting me, which excited because they are going to give me a chance to prove myself. I just have to keep working hard."