After a long quiet period, Iowa football recruiting returned in force this week. The Hawkeyes first secured the commitment of receiver Desmond Hutton on Tuesday, then followed it up with Friday morning's verbal commitment from three-star linebacker Jestin Jacobs.
— Jestin (@jestinjacobs__) May 11, 2018
Jacobs, a 6'4", 210-pound outside linebacker, comes to the Hawkeyes from Clayton, Ohio. Iowa beat out at least thirteen Power Five programs for his services, including Michigan State, Kentucky, Purdue, Iowa State, Minnesota, Northwestern and Missouri. Both Rivals and 247 give Jacobs a three-star grade, but Rivals grades him as Iowa's best commit to date for 2019.
On paper and film, Jacobs looks precisely like what Iowa wants at outside linebacker: Tall, rangy, maybe a bit undersized, but fully capable of holding up against the run and covering a slot receiver or athletic tight end in pass coverage. There is nothing particularly new about the demands of that position, probably the most difficult to play and recruit in Iowa's defense. But guys like A.J. Edds and Christian Kirksey who can play it well are increasingly hard to find, as that kind of player becomes crucial to every defensive system trying to handle modern offense. Getting one -- and a good one, as indicated by the offers from eleven comparable programs plus Minnesota and Iowa State -- early in the recruiting cycle is beneficial.
So welcome aboard, Jestin Jacobs. It's always a great day to be a Hawkeye.