Ohio State Football: Will Elliott, Jacobs Spurn OSU on National Signing Day?

David RegimbalFeatured ColumnistFebruary 6, 2013

EAST LANSING, MI - SEPTEMBER 29:  Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on while playing the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on September 29, 2012 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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College football coaches often say that securing a commitment from a high school prospect is hard, but keeping that commitment through national signing day is the real challenge.

Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes are experiencing that firsthand with 4-star running back Ezekiel Elliott and 4-star receiver Taivon Jacobs.

Both prospects committed to Ohio State early—Elliott in April and Jacobs in July—but the 4-star prospects have been wavering on their commitments to Meyer and the Buckeyes recently.

On Wednesday, both will decide between Ohio State and their home-state schools. Elliott is considering Missouri, where both of his parents attended as student-athletes, and Jacobs is considering Maryland, where his older brother Levern plays as a wide receiver.

It was rumored that Ohio State's recent recruitment of then-Oregon commit and 4-star all-purpose back Dontre Wilson ruffled Elliott's feathers. Following his recent visit to Missouri, though, many recruiting experts shot down that notion as Meyer assured Elliott that Ohio State was recruiting Wilson as a receiver.

That didn't stop Elliott from keeping everyone on their toes, though. Moments after Wilson flipped from Oregon and committed to Ohio State, Elliott tweeted this:


— Ezekiel Elliott #⃣2⃣ (@EzekielElliott) February 5, 2013

Jacobs, on the other hand, gave a bit more detail about his upcoming decision.

The speedy receiver told Eric Detweiler of the Washington Post about why he's so torn between the school he grew up cheering for and the school that's close to home.

Jacobs orally committed to Ohio State in July, but he said he has been reconsidering that decision in recent weeks for a variety of factors, including his desire to be close to his one-year-old daughter, Bailey.

“I’ve discussed it over with my family,” Jacobs said. “I want to make the best choice for me. I have a child. I want to make sure I’m a great father and a great player.”

When you combine that with the recent commitments of Corey Smith and Dontre Wilson and the possible addition of James Clark tomorrow, Ohio State's receiver position is getting quite crowded. That's before you factor in standout athlete Jalin Marshal and the handful of guys already on the roster.

In the end, it would be a pretty big surprise if Elliott spurned Ohio State and signed with Missouri. The Buckeyes are no longer the lock they once were, but Meyer still looks to be in pretty good shape for Elliot.

Jacobs, on the other hand, is a toss-up. No one would fault him for wanting to stay close to home for his and his daughter's benefit, and if that's the route he chooses, Maryland will land an excellent receiver with elite speed.


David is the lead Ohio State football writer for B/R. Follow him on Twitter @davidreg412.