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Suitland standout to stay close to home

Taivon Jacobs to suit up for Terps next season

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Photo by Daniel Kucin. Suitland’s Taivon Jacobs will suit up for the Terrapins next season.

Photo by Daniel Kucin. Suitland’s Taivon Jacobs will suit up for the Terrapins next season.

Published on: Wednesday, February 13, 2013

By Daniel Kucin

Suitland standout wide receiver, defensive back, and kick return specialist Taivon Jacobs recently decided to change his commitment status from Ohio State University to the University of Maryland, College Park on National Signing Day.

The three-star recruit made a verbal commitment to the Buckeyes in July, but staying home made sense so he could take care of his daughter and be closer to his family.

“As reality started to set in two weeks before signing day, I started actually thinking about stuff and how it could work out for me, how my family could come see me.

“At the end of the day, I had to make the best decision for me,” Jacobs said.

Jacobs is known for his speed and elusiveness on the field. He is a versatile deep threat with great hands. He possesses superb route running capabilities, which is impressive coming out of high school.

Jacobs led the 4A competition in receiving with 1044 yards, and he also scored 15 touchdowns.

In addition to his athletic prowess, Jacobs is an honor roll student, too.

His most productive performance of the season statistically was against Laurel in the fourth week of the regular season.

In that game, Jacobs rushed for 27 yards on two carries, had eight receptions for 197 yards, and scored a touchdown.

The 155-pound, All-met selection should fit in well at Maryland with their style of play.

He runs a 4.35 in the 40-yard dash, and the Terps have been lacking a speedster who can outright beat single coverage deep since Darrius Heyward-Bey in his three-year stint from 2006-2008.

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