When the Georgia men's basketball team found out Walter Hill decided to forgo his basketball dreams for a football career in Athens, the staff quickly found an answer at the small forward position.
Dennis Felton, assistant coach Desmond Oliver and the Bulldogs reeled in Jeremy Jacob, a 6-foot-7 small forward from Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. via Louisiana. Jacob, the No. 79 ranked player in the class of 2007, committed to the Bulldogs on Sunday night, according to his coach Kevin Keatts.
"They did a great job with him and on his visit, I think he saw where he could fit in and make a difference," Keatts said. "Growing up in Baton Rouge, I think he always saw himself playing in the SEC and he liked the direction of where the program is headed."
Jacob is a non-stop bundle of energy and his versatility will well make up for the loss that Hill left in the future rotation. Jacob is the latest come from nowhere player from Baton Rouge, La. Like so many other sleepers from the bayou, Jacob has quick springs that make plays on both ends of the floor, particularly at the rim.
Keatts said he has been impressed with the way Jacob has shot the ball since arriving to the prestigious prep school program.
"The kid can score in a variety of ways and can really shoot the ball. He's gotten stronger and he was already a super strong kid," Keatts said. "His future is really bright."
The Bulldogs have a sleeper in Jacob, his coach says.
"I think in a couple of years, people will see him play and say 'Goodness gracious, where did he come from?'" Keatts said. "He does a little bit of everything."
Jacob officially visited Georgia the same weekend at Chris Barnes, who verbally committed to the Bulldogs last week. Jacob and Barnes join Jeremy Price and Zac Swansey in UGA's 2007 recruiting haul.