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Monday, November 19, 2012
Jacobs family now gets a B1G rivalry

By Brad Bournival

Let the trash-talking begin.

When Maryland announced it was joining the Big Ten on Monday, it set forth an interesting situation in the Jacobs household.

Taivon Jacobs (Forestville, Md./Suitland) is a senior wide receiver ticketed to play at Ohio State next fall as a 2013 Buckeyes commit. His brother Levern is a freshman wide receiver for the Terrapins.

Taivon Jacobs
Ohio State pledge Taivon Jacobs will likely get a chance to face off against his brother, Levern Jacobs, who plays for new Big Ten member Maryland.
That means what was once a dream for the Jacobs family will now be a yearly battle as Maryland is slated to join the Leaders Division with the Buckeyes beginning with the 2014 season.

“It’s going to be a great experience to see my brother on the other side during the game,” said Taivon, who had Maryland in his final three before committing to the Buckeyes. “I’ll still line up and play the game that I love.

“We both talk to each other all the time now, but now we can just wait to talk after the game and let the best man win at the end of the day.”

When Maryland officially joins the conference, Taivon Jacobs will likely be a sophomore and Levern should be a junior.

There’s no doubt it will be a house divided at least two times during the duo’s career, but it will be one not split apart every weekend.

“I actually was thinking about that the other day,” Taivon said. “I was thinking I wouldn’t see him at all, but it actually will be easier on my parents because they can both come to the game and see us play at the same time together.”

As for those two games, it will be a year of hype leading into one 60-minute contest.

“I’m already after him,” Taivon said. “I’m like, ‘What is a Terp?’ They’re slow. Right now, I have his back and he has my back. When it comes down to it, when we play each other we’ll each have to ball out.”