December 4, 2006

'Lumpy' piles up the honors

Pitt hosted nine prospects this past weekend including one that had been there many times before. Keystone Oaks offensive lineman Chris Jacobson (6' 3" 300) gave Pitt a verbal commitment back in February and this past weekend made his "official visit".

Jacobson told the Pantherlair, "We gathered Friday at the UPMC complex on the Southside and had a little to eat. We then when to Dave & Busters at the Waterworks. They had a buffet set up and we played some video games."

Jacobson went on to say, "We had a tour of the campus on Saturday and that night we had dinner at Heinz Field. We got to go down on the field and they had highlights on the scoreboard so that was neat."

Jacobson also said, "I have been to Pitt many times. I just love it there. I did get to see Oakland for the first time at night. That was cool. John Pelusi and Gus Mustakas were my hosts."

On Sunday afternoon Jacobson attended at function for being named all-conference in the Big Seven Conference. Jacobson said, "Myles Caragein was also there being recognized."

Jacobson and Caragein helped the Keystone Oaks Golden Eagles to a 6-3 regular season record. They lost a heartbreaker to Hampton 29-28 in the first round of the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs. They paved the way for Golden Eagles running back John Furher to gain 1,858 yards and score 14 touchdowns this year.

Jacobson was recently selected to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Fabulous 22. The big offensive lineman had 130 "pancakes" as a senior.

Jacobson was also selected to play on the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio on January 6th. Jacobson said, "I took a week off after the season. I am now lifting four days a week and running three days a week to stay in shape. I leave for Texas on December 31st."

We asked Jacobson where he picked up the nickname "Lumpy"? He replied, "In ninth grade a coach gave it to me and it just stuck. Not sure why." has Jacobson listed a four-star prospect and has him ranked in their Top 250. He is also ranked as one of the top ten prospects in the state of Pennsylvania.

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