A couple more notes and thoughts on Nick Jacobsen, the defensive-offensive lineman who verballed with NDSU football:
- Prescott, Wis., is a small town of about 4,200 residents and it’s interesting the connection between Jacobsen and former Bison safety Nick Schommer, who is also from Prescott. Prescott head coach Matt Smith coached at the school when Schommer was a freshman before leaving, and then coming back as the head coach. He said Schommer maintains a great connection with the community coming back for a summer camp and has made an appearance at practices in the last couple of years. “He’s a tremendous guy and a great attribute to our community,” Smith said. “With Nick, I think it was knowing a Prescott guy had a lot of success there (at NDSU) and there was a comfort with that.”
- Jacobsen had a full ride offer to the University of Pittsburgh, which came through head coach Paul Chryst — a former University of Wisconsin assistant. Smith said Wisconsin had a heavy interest in Jacobsen when Chryst was there, “but the Badgers told him he was too short in what they were looking for but Pittsburgh still decided he was a good fit.” What is too short? Jacobsen is 6-3 1/2 with room to grow, Smith said. A couple recruiting websites had him incorrectly at 6-5.
- He was mainly recruited by NDSU defensive line coach Nick Goeser, but a big selling point came when head coach Craig Bohl went to watch Jacobsen play on Oct. 12, a Friday night. NDSU hosted Indiana State on that Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. “I think that was the real selling point for Nick, that he came out the night before a game to drive over and watch him play live,” Smith said.