The University of Wisconsin football team on Saturday landed its second oral commitment for the 2013 recruiting class since the arrival of the new coaching staff.
Leon Jacobs, an outside linebacker prospect from Golden Valley High School in Santa Clarita, Calif., has played only two years of organized football after concentrating on basketball previously.
As a result, he mostly flew under the radar, though recruiting interest had picked up following a big senior year as a linebacker and running back.
Jacobs, 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, picked UW over Wake Forest, according to reports. According to a story on the Santa Clarita Valley Signal website, the first time he played football was as a freshman at Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance, Calif. He transferred to Golden Valley last February.
“As soon as I saw him, I was pretty excited because I (tried to convince him to play football) in the spring, and every time I saw him he kept saying, ‘No thank you, coach. I’m a basketball player,’ ” football coach Robert Fisher said in the story.
Jacobs’ family moved to provide better opportunities for him and his younger siblings, according to the story. He was on a basketball recruiting trip in July when he decided to give football a try.
“We knew he had the potential to be a really good player — very athletic, very strong for his age,” Kareem Mutrie, athletic director and assistant basketball coach at Bishop Montgomery, told the website.