Isaiah Jacobs Impressed With Arkansas

By Otis Kirk

Owasso (Okla.) 2020 running back Isaiah Jacobs was at Arkansas’ Elite Prospect Day on Saturday. 

It was Jacobs’ second visit to Arkansas in the past few weeks. What were some of the impressions?

“The impression was that Coach Chad and the whole staff was still genuine,” Jacobs said. “Nothing has changed, so I know where his heart truly is. I know the first time I came here I said the same thing, but I came back for a second visit and I can see it for myself.”

Where does Arkansas stand right now?

“I’ve got a long way, there’s going to be so many (schools) coming in this spring,” Jacobs said. “But no matter how many colleges are going to be there, they’re still going to be on top of my list.
 
What stands out about them the most?
 
“Probably that vibe, that energy,” Jacobs said. “At the end of the day when the pads do come off, on and off the field, you’re still going to need that support system. I feel like they have all of that.”
 
Your brother, former Alabama running back Josh Jacobs, is a step away from being in the League now and is being mentioned as possibly the first running back taken in the 2019 NFL Draft.
 
“Yeah, it’s very humbling,” Jacobs said. “We had some pretty dark days, but days are starting to get better. It kind of opened the door for me when it comes to training and things like that, and I’m just very happy for him.”
 
Is there a team you hope he ends up with?
 
“No sir, I don’t have a favorite team at all in the NFL,” Jacobs said. “There are some great players that I look up to and have as favorites, but not a favorite team.”
 
Where do you go from here?
 
“I have to go to Ole Miss either on (March) 30th or (April) 6th,” Jacobs said. “I’m also looking at maybe going to Kansas State and any other schools that come through this week.”
 
How does the tailback usage fit you?
 
“I think it’d fit really great, especially with the fact that the starting running back is a senior and the junior running back also might go to the League,” Jacobs said. “So, me coming in as a freshman, that would be real big if I was to commit here.”
 
As a junior, Jacobs carried 157 times for 1,024 yards and nine touchdowns while also catching 27 passes for 296 yards and one touchdown.
 
He was offered by the Razorbacks on Jan. 26. He also has offers to Maryland, Ole Miss, Eastern Michigan, SMU, Memphis, South Dakota State and Tulsa. 

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