We’re 10 days away from National Signing Day and the BYU coaching staff is still on the recruiting trail doing everything they can to finish strong. They’re making in home visits solidifying players that have been committed for months and they’re out trying to get commitments from kids like Jacob Jimenez that have been committed to other schools for months. Today we’ll take a look at Jimenez and what he could bring to the table for the Cougars.
The first thing that stands out when I watch Jacob Jimenez’s highlights
is the logo on the side of his helmet. It’s the same logo as the Dillon Panthers from Friday Night Lights. That is a good sign before the ball is even snapped. After the ball is snapped, however, Jimenez takes over. He has a great ability to get into the defender lined up across from him. He doesn’t just block, he tries to pancake defenders on every play. He doesn’t just want to protect his quarterback or clear a hole for his runner, he wants to punish defensive lineman as they try to get past him. He plays with the nasty that Offensive Line Coach Garett Tujague preaches about. Jimenez looks like the kind of player that Tujague wants on his team.
Coming out of high school Jimenez stands at 6’5″ tall and 275 lbs. He is athletic enough that he could develop into a tackle down the road. He’s versatile enough that he could also get reps at guard or center as early as next season. On his highlights he shows that versatility as he moves around on the offensive line at Pflugerville High School in Pflugerville, TX.
Jimenez committed to Coach Mike Riley and Oregon State back in July. Since that time, Riley moved on to Nebraska and a new coaching staff took over in Corvallis. Though he’s never officially decommited from the Beavers, it does appear that he’s very interested in BYU. It will be interesting to see how the remaining 10 days of his recruitment goes before Signing Day on February 4.
Where Does BYU Stand?
The BYU coaching staff has visited Jimenez in his home twice since the dead period ended on January 16. He’s met with Coach Beck, Coach Tujague, Coach Anae and Coach Mendenhall this last week. It does appear that Jimenez is taking the BYU visits seriously and at least has a commitment flip on his mind. He will hopefully visit BYU next week and be apart of the big recruiting visit. Assuming that everything goes well during his visit, I will not be at all surprised to see him sign with BYU.
Anytime BYU can flip a commitment from a PAC-12 school (Doesn’t matter if it is Oregon State, Utah or USC because they all get athletes) it’s good news for the Cougars. Though his star ratings don’t really pop off the page, I think that he has the potential to make an impact at the next level. He may be a year or two away from cracking the starting lineup, but he’s played football at a high level in Texas and has the size and versatility to develop into a very good player. If BYU can seal the deal then it will be big news.
My signing day prediction: BYU.
Gary Andersen and Kalani Sitake are going to spend a lot of time this year and in the future trying to steal local recruits from the state of Utah and send them off to Oregon State. It will be nice to steal one from them this year and get Jimenez in Cougar blue.