On Thursday morning, the Buckeyes received a verbal commitment from Taivon Jacobs, a 5-10/160 athlete out of Suitland High School in Maryland. He’s listed as a three-star wide receiver on Rivals and 24/7 and a two-star on Scout. The commitment is the fifteenth that Urban Meyer has received in the 2013 recruiting class. Jacobs received offers from Maryland, Miami, Michigan State, Nebraska, Florida State, and Notre Dame, among others, before committing to the Buckeyes.
There’s a simple reason why this commitment should excite you. Jacobs is blazing fast.
The numbers show it. Rivals lists his 40 time at 4.4 while his highlight video puts it at 4.35. With that speed, Jacobs
The game tape shows it too. It’s no exaggeration to say that his video is a clinic in how to effectively utilize speed on the football field. Some of Jacobs’ most electrifying plays come on punk and kickoff returns. It’s easy to see the potential that a special teams junkie like Meyer sees in this young man. Ohio State’s return game hasn’t been exceptional since the departure of Ted Ginn. Jacobs could change that.
On offense, a speedy, dynamic player like Jacobs can be used to spread out the field, keeping the defense off balance. That strategy is integral to Meyer and Tom Herman‘s offensive scheme anyway, which reinforces why Meyer sought his commitment.
His highlight video can be found after the jump. It’s a must-watch.