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'Hot commodity'
Parkview's Jacobs splitting sports in busy summer

When school starts in August, Brandon Jacobs better hope his composition teacher doesn't assign him the traditional "What I did on my summer vacation" essay.

If so, the rising Parkview senior is going to be very busy - almost as busy as he's been so far this summer.

So far, the Panthers' two-sport star has already:

· Represented his school on Team Georgia's junior team during the 12th Annual Junior Sunbelt Baseball Classic in Oklahoma.

· Attended football camp at Auburn University.

· Participated in a workout in Macon that got him invited to the East Coast Showcase - one of the top showcase events sponsored by Major League Baseball - later this month in Lakeland, Fla.

· Been invited to participated in the Scout.com/Under Armour football combine at the Georgia Dome, though he was unable to attend because he had a baseball game.

And all that was just in the month of June.

By the time he returns from the East Coast Showcase to show off his talents before representatives from all of Major League Baseball's 30 teams, the Panthers' football team will be two days into conditioning drills in preparation for the 2008 season.

"Yeah, (the schedule has) been tough, and before this year, it was all new to me," Jacobs admits. "But I'm getting used to it."

Jacobs had better get used to it. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound rising senior is considered a top outfield prospect by most pro and college baseball scouts, as well as one of the top running back recruiting targets among college football programs.

"He's a hot commodity, that's for sure," Parkview football coach Cecil Flowe said. "At one point, I think Brandon would've said he's a football player playing baseball. But once your stock goes up, who knows?"

Jacobs' baseball stock certainly skyrocketed this spring after hitting .500 (second among all Gwinnett County hitters) with 6 home runs and 37 RBIs in helping the Panthers (20-8) to a Class AAAAA state playoff berth.

"He's a great hitter," Parkview coach Chan Brown said. "He's just a good all-around player. He's really developing into something special.

"He was in the same (batting practice) group as (recent Parkview graduate and Los Angeles Angels draft pick) Zach Cone. So, people already knew of him. He's definitely on (major league scouts') radar."

Since then, he's opened a lot more eyes by going 8-for-17 (.471), with 3 homers and 12 RBIs in helping Team Georgia to a third-place finish at the Junior Sunbelt Classic.

"He kind of validated what the college and pro guys were seeing," said Mill Creek's Doug Jones, one of Jacobs' coaches with Team Georgia. "He hit a couple of homers that were like, 'Wow!' He's just an on-base machine. Against that good competition, it was a super week."

Jacobs is just as coveted among big-time college football programs after running for 881 yards and 7 touchdowns and making 62 tackles as a linebacker last year despite being hobbled by an ankle injury.

He has already given a verbal commitment to attend Auburn, choosing the Tigers over similar scholarship offers from Wake Forest and Alabama-Birmingham, plus interest from Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, N.C. State and Central Florida, among others.

Which such high prospects in both sports, it could pose quite a choice for Jacobs, especially if his stock for next year's Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft remains so high.

Such a choice brings to Flowe's mind a similar situation experienced by another two-sport star at Parkview not too long ago.

"His football chances are great, just like Jeff Francoeur's chances were," Flowe said of the Atlanta Braves' right fielder. "I guess because of baseball, their situations are parallel. (Jacobs will) have that same kind of decision. And just like Jeff did, he'll look at all his options and weigh them."

For now, Jacobs just wants to enjoy his senior year at Parkview, and despite his busy schedule, this summer has been a start to that process.

"It's been a great experience," Jacobs said. "I've gotten to meet a lot of new people."