Parkview’s Jacobs opts for BoSox over Auburn

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

When Tommy Tuberville announced his resignation at Auburn a few months ago, there was a question as to how Parkview running back Brandon Jacobs would react. Would he abandon his commitment to the Tigers and choose Florida instead?

On Wednesday, the answer became clear: Neither Auburn nor Florida will see him on the football field. A third party — baseball fans know them as the Boston Red Sox — will get Jacobs after his selection in the 10th round of the Major League draft on Wednesday. He expects to sign a contract worth at least $500,000 — and perhaps as high as $800,000.

“I’m pretty excited about it,” Jacobs told AuburnSports.com. “I based the decision on the money. Being offered that much is hard to turn down, especially from a great team like the Red Sox. It just seemed like the perfect opportunity to me to go ahead and start a career.”

Jacobs likely would not have played this season at Auburn anyway. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound outfielder was also a Class AAAAA all-state running back who rushed for 1,575 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns last season. He got the Red Sox’ attention by hitting .511 with seven homers and 16 RBIs with a 1.307 slugging percentage.

“It was a tough decision,” Jacobs said. “It came down to a decision between me and my parents and what we thought would be best. It’s going to be tough giving up football but I think I can do it.”

23 comments Add your comment

Yellow Fever

June 11th, 2009
8:15 am

Why did he never consider Tech?

Don't Tase Me Bro

June 11th, 2009
8:26 am

He didn’t qualify for Auburn so he opts for the big payday. No brainer.

Crank Dat Soulja Boy Noshow Moreno

June 11th, 2009
9:03 am

How could ANYONE turn down a chance to play for the great Gene Chizzzik? You FOOL!!

BREAK DA BANK

June 11th, 2009
9:21 am

THE REV.CHET COULDN’T MATCH THAT AMOUNT OF MONEY!!! TRULY A “NO BRAINER”!!

bank walker

June 11th, 2009
9:47 am

Where is the Bama sanction story? They are being sentenced today, just wondering.

Bamafan

June 11th, 2009
9:52 am

Bama will have to give up wins in 05 thur 07 and will be put on probation for 3 years and the only good
thing about this sorry mess is No SCHOLARSHIPS ARE TAKEN AWAY!!

AU FANS

June 11th, 2009
9:57 am

HE QUALIFIED FOR AUBURN, BUT ASK TO BE RESHIRTED SO GET YOUR FACTS

STRIGHT. NOT ONLY DID HE QUALIFY HE HAD A OFFER TO ENROLL OVER THE

SUMMER FOR CLASSES.THIS IS HOW RUMORS GET STATRED.

THE ALUMNI !

Diamond Dawg

June 11th, 2009
10:30 am

Why didn’t he choose Tech?? For what?? Same reason no good recruits do!! Even a dumby knows that

Brent Cunningham

June 11th, 2009
10:45 am

Diamond, how did Tech score 45 with no good recruits and a high school offense?
excuse, lies and bs, here____________________________________

?

June 11th, 2009
10:55 am

is it smart to run down a school, to which you just lost? what does that imply about your team?

Willie's Mom

June 11th, 2009
10:55 am

Congratulations Brandon!! All of us are so proud of you!! Looking forward to seeing you in the Bigs!

Willie's Mom

June 11th, 2009
10:56 am

For those who think Brandon did not qualify at AU, y’all are ignorant!

Duke Yellowjacket

June 11th, 2009
11:08 am

Dumby? DUMBY? It’s d-u-m-m-y! Diamond Dawg, you’re an ignorant putz.

Don't Tase Me Bro

June 11th, 2009
11:47 am

Hey Willie’s Mom, “y’all are ignorant” speaks volumes. Did you major in Sociology at Auburn? He’ll never sniff the majors and will be back playing football in three years max.

Jabo

June 11th, 2009
12:15 pm

Don’t Tease Me – You are a real class act ! A prik in fact ! Brandon nor his mom deserves the hatred from guys like you. You rant your opinions and don’t have a clue of facts. He’s a helluva kid and is doing what he thinks is best. I for one wish Brandon all the success in the world and a big War Damn Eagle !

black dude

June 11th, 2009
1:32 pm

My cousin did qualify for auburn. He made a career decision crazy fool!

Derrick

June 12th, 2009
12:21 am

Nothing against Auburn. I’m sure it’s a good place if you’re a white family looking for a rural life. But as an African-American single male, I can’t think of any reason to spend my life at 18-22 years old there.

Parkview Mom

June 12th, 2009
6:30 am

Congrats Brandon. Hope you have a long, successful career. Not qualify for college? LOL! You’re right Willie’s mom…they are ignorant. We’ll miss you at Parkview.

Paddy

June 12th, 2009
9:37 am

Diamond Dog… no matter where you post it always comes out sounding so very stupid. Have you always been so negative and sophmoric?

T-Dog

June 12th, 2009
10:13 am

Any details on the contract? Is that 500K per year? Over X years? Any signing bonus?

Darsen

June 12th, 2009
2:40 pm

Diehard Red Sox fan here. If Brandon continues to hit for power and is halfway decent in the OF, he will make the bigs. Boston has an AMAZING player development program. Looking forward to seeing him at Fenway in a few years. We need to replace David Ortiz and some other aging bats, this was a good decision on his part.

Good luck Brandon, we are looking forward to your continued success.

Darsen

Don't Tase Me Bro

June 12th, 2009
4:41 pm

Jabba The Hut… I’m sure he’ll be just as effective in the majors as the last Parkview product that is languishing in right field for the Braves. Congrats to him to earning his payday, no hate there. Just don’t see him projecting to a MLB player – and most teams would agree since he fell to the 10th round.

Devin

August 11th, 2009
3:22 pm

He fell to the 10th round because, HELLO, he signed on with Auburn, and thats how the MLB draft works. If a team thinks a player may go to school or choose another sport, they select the player much later than their talent dictates. Just like sometimes the best player in the draft gets picked later in the 1st round because the teams don’t think they will be able to sign him, AKA the Scott Boras clients.