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PITT 2019 JUNIOR SERIES: JESTIN JACOBS
Jestin Jacobs (6-3, 210), Linebacker
Northmont High School (Clayton, Ohio)
Following the 2018 season, Pat Narduzzi’s team will be graduating a number of linebackers which means they’ll need to replace most of them in this upcoming recruiting class.
One of their targets is actually a player that just received an offer from them two days ago.
Jestin Jacobs is a tall, physical specimen that has the skill set Pitt’s looks for in their linebackers. Currently, Jacobs holds 14 offers including ones from Cincinnati, Iowa, Kentucky, Northwestern, Purdue, Indiana, Iowa State, Rutgers and Toledo. There’s little doubt that his list of offers will be increasing throughout the spring and summer.
Last night, Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke to Jacobs about the Panthers and his overall recruitment.
“I’ve been talking with Coach Harley for the past couple of weeks, just little conversations here and there. Then yesterday, we got on the phone and that’s when he offered me,” said Jacobs.
“He said that I fit the position that they wanted at the SAM linebacker position. It’s also the position that I’m getting recruited at by a lot of other schools. He told me that not only does Pitt recruit good football players but you’ve also got to be good in the classroom and a good person. He told me that I fit all of those and that’s why I got the offer.”
As I mentioned earlier, Jacobs looks to have the skills for what Pitt has been attempting to recruit at linebacker. The 3-star recruit described to me his strengths on the field.
“I believe that I’m a very versatile player. In my defense at school, I rush the quarterback off the edge, I’m able to play in space at outside linebacker, I line up against receivers some games, I’m also able to drop back at the hash and play safety. I’m also good at making tackles in open space,” said Jacobs.
Jacobs admitted that his knowledge on Pitt was limited but that later that evening he planned on researching a couple of schools, including Pitt. Two things that he knew about Pitt football were Larry Fitzgerald and James Conner.
“I’d say right now, the schools that I’ve built the best relationships with are Cincinnati, Kentucky, Iowa State, Iowa and Northwestern.”
Like a lot of recruits now, Jacobs has some upcoming trips planned and it looks like he’ll be making his first visit to Pittsburgh.
“In the next month, I’m going to try and hit a lot of out of state schools as possible. I know that I’m going to go see Iowa, Iowa State, Northwestern and I’m probably going to see Pitt.”
Linebacker Jestin Jacobs is a name that Pitt fans should keep an eye on over the next couple of months.