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Monday, January 21, 2013
Texas CB talks La. Tech commitment

By Damon Sayles

Allen (Texas) had one of the most underrated -- yet most dangerous -- secondary tandems in Texas this past season. That success helped Allen capture the Texas Class 5A Division I state championship last month. Louisiana Tech saw potential in one of the team’s cornerbacks.

Michael Jacob verbally committed to the Bulldogs on Sunday and became the program’s 13th commit of the 2013 recruiting class. He committed during an official visit over the weekend and chose the Bulldogs over interest from Houston.

“They showed us around in those two days I was there and showed how things go. It was nice hospitality there,” Jacob said. “The last day, we had breakfast, and then I met with Coach [Skip] Holtz [who]called me in for a meeting.

“I went in and he talked about his expectations. He said I was a good fit, and he offered me a full scholarship. I couldn’t say no to that.”

A 5-foot-11, 165-pound cornerback, Jacob was recruited by defensive line coach Stan Eggen. Defensive back Kendall Hayes was Jacob’s player host.

Jacob is excited about playing for Holtz, but he also said the addition of new secondary coach Ronnie Bradford helped to make his decision easier. Bradford played a decade in the NFL with the Denver Broncos, the Arizona Cardinals, the Atlanta Falcons and the Minnesota Vikings from 1993-2002.

“They just hired a DBs coach who spent 10 years playing in the NFL and seven or eight years coaching in the NFL,” Jacob said. “I want to get experience from him. I know I can learn a lot from him.”

Jacob said the fans in Ruston, La., should expect a player who will go all out every down. He knows how to win as he’s a reigning state champion, and he’s hungry to continue the winning tradition on the college level.

“I want to show that I can run with anybody and can be as aggressive as anybody,” he said. “I want them to see my passion of the game and how much I want to win.”