Los Angeles Preps: Jim Mora

Jacobs heading to Oklahoma State

February, 1, 2012
The college destination of Seth Jacobs from Arroyo Grande was a hot topic on Wednesday morning and well into the afternoon, for that matter. The senior linebacker answered the lingering questions later in evening, however, when he picked Oklahoma State.

Jacobs announced his plans for the next level by choosing the hat of the Cowboys. Tough luck for both Arkansas and Colorado, the other programs in the final three for the 6-foot-1, 205-pounder. Signs point to playing the next four years in Stillwater as being the best fit.

“I picked Oklahoma State, my decision was tough, I'm glad it's over now,'' Jacobs said. “I had a great visit to the campus recently, liked all of the coaches and the facilities. I feel like it's a good place for me to be. I think I can come in and make an impact right away.''

The trip to Oklahoma State took place earlier this month. Before that, Jacobs visited Colorado and Arkansas. Another program in the mix appeared to be nearby UCLA. The Bruins, however, entered the picture too late. Jacobs' list had already been narrowed down.

“I thought about UCLA, and there were some things I liked. In the end, I didn't think it was a good fit,'' Jacobs said. “I appreciate the fact the Bruins recruited me though.''

Turns out, UCLA coach Jim Mora could not contend with the Cowboys. Once his mind was made up, there was no turning back for Jacobs. At least now, there will be no more questions about where he'll be playing. Oklahoma State was the answer people were looking for.

Sean Ceglinsky covers preps for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.

Time is of the essence for Jacobs

January, 23, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- With football national signing day right around the corner, on Feb. 1, Seth Jacobs from Arroyo Grande (Calif.) has been about as busy as they come. Then again, the hectic schedule is something that simply comes along with territory when you are considered one of the country's top unsigned prospects.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound senior has recently made his rounds and visited multiple colleges. Jacobs, of course, was able to gain a better understanding of what each program had to offer, and it appears as if the trips helped him narrow down his list to three schools, and perhaps a fourth.

“Right now, Arkansas, Colorado and Oklahoma State are in the lead and about even,'' Jacobs said. “I feel good about how the recruiting process has gone so far. I'm really glad I took my time and did not commit to anyone early. Rushing into a quick decision was not an option for me.''

While Jacobs maintains his final decision is in the works, one has to wonder if UCLA has a chance to make a late run for his services. The Bruins, after all, have made a strong push and he plans on making a visit to Westwood this weekend to meet with new coach Jim Mora and his staff.

“I like Coach Mora, he has a great resume and some great assistants around him. I've been talking with some of the people at UCLA for a few weeks now,'' Jacobs said. “I look forward to checking out the campus and meeting everyone from there. The Bruins could pop into my top three.''

Last weekend, Jacobs visited Colorado. The fact the Buffaloes are still a player in the grand scheme of things is somewhat puzzling considering the high-profile options he has to choose from. Staying close to home and playing in the Pac-12 Conference is something he considers important.

Oklahoma State hosted Jacobs two weeks ago. At the time, all signs pointed to the Cowboys emerging as his leader. But the talk about that whole scenario has subsided since then.

Shortly before that, Jacobs visited Arkansas, on Nov. 5.

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