June 22, 2008

Talented RB/LB has Auburn connections

When picking out a list of some of the South's most underrated prospects, Lilburn (Ga.) Parkview running back/linebacker Brandon Jacobs certainly fits the bill.

The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Jacobs, who put up big numbers on both sides of the ball as a junior, said he runs a 4.52 40-yard dash, and has a 335-pound bench press, 570-pound squat and 34-inch vertical leap.

Despite missing two games as a junior, Jacobs still managed to carry the ball 121 times for 950 yards and "8-10" touchdowns. He also had 75 tackles, four sacks and three interceptions as a strongside linebacker.

Those impressive numbers have only materialized into three offers, however, from Auburn, Wake Forest and UAB. But the lack of more big-time offers doesn't seem to bother Jacobs.

"I'm excited about the offers I've got," said Jacobs. "Hopefully, I'll get some more to vary my options but I'm happy with the ones I have now."

One factor that could be making colleges wary of Jacobs is his play on the baseball diamond. Jacobs batted .520 as a junior with six homeruns, 52 RBI and 11 stolen bases.

He's not ruling out a major league baseball career or playing both football and baseball in college.

"Playing baseball is an option," said Jacobs. "I play with Team Georgia and I went to some East Coach Showcases.

"I'm not sure yet what I'm going to do, whatever is right at the time and what me and my parents decide."

Jacobs attended Auburn's football camp last week, working at running back. He met with AU head coach Tommy Tuberville during the camp and worked closely with running backs coach Eddie Gran.

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