Shawnee quarterback John Jacobs was in constant pain last season.
Dealing with a hernia he suffered before the season, he was hampered severely trying to run the ball as the Wolves made their way to the Class 5A quarterfinals.
Now, Jacobs is healthy following offseason surgery. He’s hoping he can show his true speed next season after being clocked as fast as a 4.47 in the 40-yard sprint this offseason.
“That really hurt me a lot, so I’m looking forward to showing what I can do this year,” said the 6-foot-1, 220-pound left-hander. “It was the worst pain ever.”
Jacobs threw for 2,263 yards and 28 touchdowns last season. He also amassed 1,122 and 17 TDs on the ground, numbers that could increase this season should he remain healthy.
If so, his recruiting could really take off, despite recently verbally committing to East Carolina and turning down Troy and Alabama-Birmingham.
He also picked up an offer from Arkansas State on Friday, but he said he remains loyal to the Pirates.
“Nobody’s going to change my mind,” Jacobs said. “They showed me the most interest and the most love. To me, it’s not just about going to a big school. It’s about going where they want you the most.”