Jacobs: I Was A "No-Star" Recruit Before Alabama Called

Josh Jacobs was deciding between Wyoming and New Mexico State. Then he got on Twitter...

Tiki and Tierney
April 18, 2019 - 6:03 pm
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Josh Jacobs has emerged as one of the top running back prospects in the NFL Draft. In 2018, the Alabama product ran 120 times for 640 yards and 11 touchdowns and caught 20 balls for 237 yards and three scores. He is a do-everything back who could change the backfield fortunes of an NFL franchise.

And to think, he almost played for…Wyoming?

“This is the question I get the most,” Jacobs said on Tiki & Tierney, laughing. “The only big offers I had were Wyoming and New Mexico State.”

So, how did the Tulsa, Oklahoma, native end up at Alabama? A coach in Texas told Jacobs to create a Twitter account – he wasn’t on social media – and post a video of his highlights.

So he did.

“Two days later, I’m getting calls from 10-15 coaches a day surprised that I was (still available),” Jacobs said. “They was asking, ‘Oh, you must have character issues.’ Like, what’s wrong with him? But that’s when all my offers started flowing.”

Jacobs, of course, signed with Alabama and won two SEC Championships, as well as a national title.

“I was a no-star until I got the Alabama offer,” Jacobs said. “Then they gave me three.”

As for the upcoming NFL Draft, Jacobs has visited with the Ravens, Eagles and Colts, among others. While he doesn’t know which team he’ll play for, he does know which running backs he hopes to emulate.

“I looked up to a lot of running backs,” Jacobs said. “The very first one was easily LaDainian Tomlinson. In Oklahoma, everybody is an Adrian Peterson fan. So those were kind of my two big guys. And Reggie Bush in college was crazy.”

Click below to listen to Jacobs’ interview in its entirety.