Rummel defensive lineman Tyrell Jacobs commits to Missouri _lowres

Advocate staff photo by Rusty Costanza -- Rummel's Tyrell Jacobs, left, and Corey Harris team up to tackle Jesuit's Charles Jackson last season.

Rummel senior defensive lineman Tyrell Jacobs committed to Missouri on Saturday during his official visit to the school.

“It just felt like family here,” he said. “The players here love it, and I love the coaches. I was going to wait until signing day to decide, but when you find the right place, you may as well go ahead and do it.”

The 6-foot-4, 260 pound Jacobs originally committed to Oklahoma, but he decommitted Dec. 20.

“They had a lot of coaches getting fired and a lot of changes with their staff, so I opened my recruitment back up,” Jacobs said.

But now he says it is closed. He won’t take a visit next weekend, the final weekend before National Signing Day on Feb. 4. He visited Kansas State last weekend.

“The recruiting process is real tough,” he said. “It’s hard because all the schools have nice facilities. But here (at Missouri), the coaches were really down to earth. And they basically send all of their defensive linemen on to the NFL.”

Jacobs was a first-team All District 9-5A selection this past season after helping anchor the Raiders’ stout defensive front. The Raiders reached the semifinals of the Division I playoffs.

“They are getting a great player, a good student a player with unlimited potential,” Rummel coach Jay Roth said. “A lot of times colleges get guys who have reached their potential, but he is far away from reaching his potential. So they are getting a good football player who is only going to get better.”

Jacobs is one of three Rummel players who have made verbal commitments. Defensive back Brandon Phillips committed to Delta State in Mississippi, and offensive lineman Ryan Hanley committed to Nicholls State.

All three were All-Catholic League picks.