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Offensive player of the year: Brandon Jacobs
Auburn commit Jacobs the workhorse for Parkview's running attack

LILBURN - It was pretty obvious who was going to get the ball in Parkview's offense this season.

With a 6-foot-2, 230-pound running back in the backfield, it made sense to give Brandon Jacobs the ball a lot.

Jacobs knew it, his teammates knew it and opposing defenses knew it. But few teams could slow him down.

The Daily Post's Offensive Player of the Year rushed for 1,577 yards and 19 touchdowns this season and led the Panthers to the playoffs for the 13th straight year. He also was on the field on defense in Parkview's most important games.

"Brandon was the workhorse for sure," Parkview head coach Cecil Flowe said. "He's a good running back, played hard and wanted the ball in his hands."

Jacobs' desire for the football was never more evident than in Parkview's game against South Gwinnett. With both teams' playoff hopes on the line, it took triple overtime to decide the game. Jacobs finished off a career night with a school-record 42 carries for a career high 286 yards and three touchdowns. He scored the game's winning touchdown in the third overtime period.

"It came down to the trenches. I wanted the ball in my hands to take the team to victory. It was just great to play in a game like that," Jacobs said.

"When you think about triple overtime and big games like that, those are games you can make movies out of. Those are games everyone wants to play in."

Jacobs finished his career at Parkview with 2,458 yards and 26 touchdowns as a two-year starter.

Jacobs' presence wasn't only felt on the offensive side of the ball. As an outside linebacker, he made 37 tackles and added a sack, but those stats pale in comparison to the impact he had on defense.

"The thing with Brandon, he played both ways," Grayson head coach Mickey Conn said. "We saw him all over the place."

Jacobs has always stayed busy on the field. He started playing baseball at age 4 and picked up football when he was 10. Now the two sports he grew up loving to play have made quite an interesting dilemma for the senior.

He has committed to play college football for Auburn next season, but he could also go the Major League Baseball route.

It's become the most popular question Jacobs is asked each day from students, parents and coaches, and he says he honestly doesn't know which sport to pick.

"It's frustrating. I don't know what I want to do yet, but at the same time I'm very blessed to have those two options and to weigh them like that," Jacobs said.

Jacobs committed to Auburn in July, choosing the Tigers over a slew of SEC and ACC schools that were showing interest. But after the recent turmoil at Auburn, Florida has started to show considerable interest in Jacobs.

Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville was let go after 10 seasons with the Tigers and the program recently hired former Iowa State coach Gene Chizik.

"I haven't talked to (Chizik) yet, so I'm not really sure (what to think)," Jacobs said. "Apparently, Auburn sees something in him they really like, so hopefully he has a lot to bring to the table. I haven't decommitted and I haven't told anybody that I've been thinking about that.

"I just want to see what offense he brings in."

Jacobs said he still plans to sign with Auburn on National Signing Day in February, but he may never put football pads on again.

He's one of the top high school baseball players in the country, and depending on how his baseball season plays out he could go anywhere from round one to round five in the June MLB Draft. That would mean anywhere from a couple million dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars to turn pro. It's quite a decision to make for an 18-year-old, which is why a choice likely won't come until the summer.

"Do I want to play baseball at the next level?" Jacobs said. "Do I choose that over playing football for the next four years? Or do I choose football over playing baseball? Just the love I have for each sport, it kind of makes it tough."

Added Flowe: "He's going to be a great player for someone, whether it's football or baseball."