It’s been an anxious month for Hawkeye fans as they wondered if four-star All-American linebacker Jestin Jacobs would stick with his commitment to Iowa.
After an official visit to Ohio State, Jacobs told HawkeyeInsider that he was going to sign with the Hawkeyes on Dec. 19. He’d been committed to Iowa since May 11 but received an Ohio State offer last month. The Ohio-native wanted to make sure he made the right decision and his visit confirmed that.
“Just the relationship with the coaches,” Jacobs told HawkeyeInsider why he stuck with his Iowa commitment. “Talking with my head coach at my high school and just with the relationships I have with the coaches and other recruits. I just see myself being a Hawkeye.”
Jacobs has emerged as a top national prospect after a stellar senior season. In the last six weeks, he learned he was named an All-American and received an Ohio State offer. That sent Iowa fans into a panic because they had seen recruits flip in the past such as Ben VanSumeran and Karan Higdon. Jacobs told HawkeyeInsider that he told the coaches two weeks ago that he planned on signing with the Hawkeyes, but wanted to take the official visit because it was his home state school.
“It’s Ohio State and not a lot of people get the opportunity to play at Ohio State,” Jacobs said. “Having that opportunity is something that before I made my final decision, I at least wanted to take a look at.”
Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz and his staff have had a strict no-visit policy for a number of years. After a kid commits they are not allowed to take an unofficial or official visit to any other schools. But they made an exception for Jacobs because of how honest and upfront he was.
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“[The coaches] when I talked to them about it were pretty understanding,” Jacobs said. “They were open about me visiting just because it was an in-state big school and I think they were confident in my commitment as well.”
Jacobs has been vocal about his how close the 2019 recruiting class is. He plans on being an early enrollee and is rooming with freshman quarterback Alex Padilla. Jacobs mentioned that the entire recruiting class didn’t pressure him after he received his Ohio State offer.
“It’s been great and the supported me through [my decision],” Jacobs said. “They didn’t try to criticize me for taking the visit and they understood. We are all already brothers and see how our games went and all of that. They were just supportive through it and there was no pressure from them.”
Jacobs admitted that Ohio State had a good chance, but he remained confident in his original decision to become a Hawkeye. He mentioned that his social media life has been crazy since he got his Ohio State offer and he’s thrilled to have his final decision made public.
“There were people tagging me in something every day,” Jacobs said. “I even got an email yesterday. I was looking at my Iowa emails and I have emails from fans and I didn’t think a fan would go that far to do that, but it’s really crazy.”
Jacobs will play in the All-American Bowl on January 5 and then be on Iowa’s campus January 10. It’ll be televised nationally on NBC at 12 p.m. CT. Jacobs mentioned that he made the decision to early enroll because he wants to be on the field as a freshman and is looking to make an immediate impact.
“Iowa was the best place for me. If Ohio State was the best place for me then I would go there. Iowa I felt like was the best place for me throughout the process.”