Taivon Jacobs is the younger brother of Terps' rising sophomore Levern Jacobs.
The Maryland football team received a late and unexpected addition to its 2013 recruiting class Wednesday morning.
Suitland wide receiver Taivon Jacobs, the younger brother of Terps’ rising sophomore Levern Jacobs, switched his commitment from Ohio State to Maryland at a mid-morning ceremony inside Suitland High School. Jacobs had originally committed to the Buckeyes on July 19, one day after whittling his list of double-digit suitors to Ohio State, Maryland and West Virginia, but made his pledge to the Terps official on Wednesday by signing his National Letter of Intent.
Jacobs, who is ranked as the 11th best prospect in the state of Maryland by 247Sports, announced he was waffling on his commitment to Ohio State and would eventually pick between the Buckeyes and Terps in an interview with The Washington Post on Tuesday.
The Post reported that Jacobs reevaluated his pledge to Ohio State due to his desire to be closer to home and his one-year-old daughter, Bailey.
“I’ve discussed it over with my family,” Jacobs told The Post. “I want to make the best choice for me. I have a child. I want to make sure I’m a great father and a great player.”
At 5-foot-10, 160 pounds, Jacobs runs a sub-4.4 second 40-yard-dash and is considered by many analysts to be the fastest local prospect in the class of 2013. His commitment further solidifies a strong corps of wide receivers at Maryland. Jacobs will join an already established group of Stefon Diggs, Deon Long, Marcus Leak, Nigel King and his older brother.
As a senior, Jacobs recorded 1,065 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns on offense and six interceptions on defense. Suitland lost to Wise, 41-6, in the Maryland 4A South Final.