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Prep football: Golden Valley's Leon Jacobs commits to Wisconsin

Posted: January 26, 2013 5:31 p.m.
Updated: January 26, 2013 5:31 p.m.

Jacobs ran for 847 yards on 133 carries and five touchdowns for Golden Valley this season.

Golden Valley running back Leon Jacobs verbally committed to the University of Wisconsin while on an official visit to the school Saturday, he confirmed to The Signal.

“I just felt it was the right place to be,” Jacobs said. “The coaches are very, very psyched about me. It’s a new coaching staff and we just went over the defensive schemes and I mesh well with the team.”

Wisconsin, under new defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, is expected to incorporate more 3-4 schemes this season, after previously running a 4-3.

In the 3-4, Jacobs could have a big impact from the outside linebacker position for which he was recruited.

“(Aranda’s) a 3-4 guy. He showed me the primary plays today,” Jacobs said, adding that he was excited to be recruited to play defense. “I like to hit people, plain and simple.”

He will enter Wisconsin during a transition period for the school, which saw former head coach Bret Bielema resign to take over at Arkansas before the Badgers’ Rose Bowl appearance.

New head coach Gary Anderson was hired to take over the program in December.

“I got a feel for him and he’s an understanding guy,” Jacobs said of Anderson. The coaching changes “weighs on my decision for the good because I got to know them and I know what they’re bringing to the table."

Jacobs, who had originally committed to Fresno State in December, decommitted from the school earlier this month and planned to take recruiting trips to Wake Forest and Wisconsin.

Jacobs visited Wake Forest last weekend with his father Anthony, who also joined him on the trip to Wisconsin.

The accomplishment is made even greater by the fact that Jacobs hadn’t played football since his freshman year at Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance.

He transferred to Golden Valley for his senior year and returned to the sport.

Jacobs was a standout basketball player at Bishop Montgomery, and also plays basketball for the Grizzlies.

The Golden Valley senior ran for 847 yards on 133 carries and five touchdowns for Golden Valley this season and played linebacker on defense.

He also becomes the first Golden Valley student to commit to a NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision school.

“It’s a huge accomplishment. What a great opportunity to go to a (NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision) school to play for a school that’s been to the Rose Bowl. It’s a great accomplishment,” said Golden Valley athletic director and head football coach Robert Fisher.

The Rose Bowl wasn’t a big deciding factor for Jacobs.

“It’s an added bonus, but it was the fit,” he said. “I always liked the fan base they have here at Wisconsin. The town is crazy for the sports teams.”


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