If speed kills, Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith and head coach Urban Meyer could be ready to slay some Big Ten opponents. That’s because Forestville (Md.) Suitland wideout Taivon Jacobs committed to Ohio State on Thursday morning.
Jacobs is currently ranked a two-star recruit by Scout.com and the No. 145 receiver in the class of 2013, but he figures to move up thanks to blazing speed and impressive highlights.
“Of course,” he said when asked if he would compare himself to former Florida star Chris Rainey. “I’m a crunch-time player. Anything they need me to do, I’m there.”
Jacobs picked Ohio State over Maryland and West Virginia.
“I’m happy to be a Buckeye,” he told BuckeyeSports.com. “It wasn’t an easy decision. It came down to what I liked about each school and what I didn’t like, but I had to pick one school at the end of the day and I chose the school that was the best fit for me, and I believe that’s Ohio State. The way they run their offense, the way Urban Meyer runs his offense, I believe that’s a great fit for me.”
The 5-10, 165-pounder gave his commitment to Smith and Meyer.
“They were very excited when I talked to them,” he said. “I told them I was gonna get this crystal ball, and they said absolutely. I’m ready.
“They are both great guys. I connected with Coach Smith well. He’s always there for me. He’s been there since I came into ninth grade when he recruited my brother (Levern, who is at Maryland). He was telling me I had the potential to be a D-I player. I believed in that and stuck with it and I ended up where I am now.”
Jacobs camped at Ohio State in June and came away impressed with what the school had to offer.
“I had an offer already, but I came for the senior camp because I wanted to seek out some of the best players that they had in Columbus,” he said. “It was a great experience. I met with one of the recruits, Ezekiel Elliott, and I had a great time out there. I enjoyed talking with Coach Meyer and all of the coaches, and I felt like I built a strong relationship and became family with them.”
Jacobs is the 15th commitment in OSU’s class and the first wide receiver.