Iowa Picks Up Pledge from Ohio LB Jestin Jacobs

May 11, 2018

Written by Rob Howe

Last Friday, Jestin Jacobs headlined the weekly HN recruiting Stock Report. A week later, he committed to the Hawkeyes.

Jacobs became the eighth known verbal commitment in Iowa’s 2019 recruiting class. He joined in-staters Ezra Miller, Tyler Endres, Noah Fenske and Jack Campbell, a pair of Illinois prospects in Logan Lee and Sebastian Castro, and Desmond Hutson from Kansas City.

The Hawkeyes had secured seven verbal commitments at this point a year ago. They picked up their eighth on June 5 when Pennsylvania cornerback Terry Roberts came aboard.

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Jacobs (6-4, 210) announced his Top 7 schools last week. The list included Michigan State, Kentucky, Northwestern, Cincinnati, Iowa, Purdue and Iowa State.

Earlier this week, Rivals reported that Jacobs set up official visits to Iowa and Northwestern, both in June. Then, he decided to end his recruitment.

The Hawkeyes played host to Jacobs on an unofficial visit during spring practice last month. Linebacker coach Seth Wallace and recruiting coordinator Kelvin Bell led their pursuit of the Clayton (OH) Northmont High product.

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As a junior, Jacobs recorded 74 tackles. He added 3.5 sacks, forced three fumbles and intercepted a pass.

Rivals and 247 both view Jacobs as a three-star recruit. The former shows him as the No. 18 outside linebacker in the ’19 class, while the latter puts him at 41.

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Jacobs became the second outside linebacker pledge in the cycle, joining Campbell, who plays for Cedar Falls (IA) High. The Hawkeyes signed four linebackers in the ’18 class.

Here’s a look at Jacob’s junior highlights:

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