October 11, 2010

Four-star big man talks UA visit

South Atlanta star Nick Jacobs is among the top uncommitted big men in the South and with just one official visit remaining the four-star prospect is closing in on his final decision. Jacobs, a 6-foot-9, 259-pound power forward was in Tuscaloosa taking his official visit to Alabama during the Tide's big home football win over the Florida Gators and the excitement of the weekend made an impression on Jacobs.

"Coach Grant took me around campus and showed me the academic center, which was really impressive to me," said Jacobs. "I met some of the support staff they have there and saw the computer lab and all the resources they have for student-athletes there. There's even a cafeteria right there in the building too so you really have everything you need really close to the athletic facilities."

"I got a chance to go to the Alabama-Florida football game while I was there. It was absolutely crazy in that stadium. Their fanbase is known for loving their football and it's easy to see why. Everybody loves a winner and Alabama football is the best in their sport. I think if Alabama put a great basketball team on the floor, the fans would show the same kind of support."

Jacobs said the goal of the official visit was primarily to learn more about the potential role he could play in the Tide program.

"I knew a good bit about Alabama already before my official visit but I want to get a chance to meet some of the players there now and learn a little more about the team I'd be a part of if I went there. I went through with the coaches who will be coming in and who will be leaving. I know the way things look right now they will need a power forward and I will probably have an opportunity to get some minutes right away."

"I've always had a real good relationship with Coach Grant and the whole staff at Alabama. It's been that way since the beginning for me. They are guys who I trust and guys who I know can help me become a better player. Coach Grant's playing style fits what I do so well and it would really give me an opportunity to showcase the things I feel like I'm really good at."

Jacobs has already taken official visits to Georgia and Florida and says he will make his final decision shortly after this weekend's upcoming visit to Clemson.

"I'm going to wait until after the visit to Clemson this weekend before I sit down and talk about all my options. I will have seen everything I need to see once I take this last visit. It will come down to one of those four schools where I've taken official visits and I should be ready to make the call some time next week. Right now, all four schools are even, no favorites."

"My grades are in great shape right now and I just have to focus on finishing strong and having a great senior season. I want to try to work on my post moves and work on my right hand a lot more as well since I'm a lefty. I'm looking forward to putting my decision behind me pretty soon here and just enjoying my senior year of high school before I move on to the next stage of my career."

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