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Tom Mix, Published July 02 2012

Shanley's Jacobson taking recruiting process in stride


The cell phone of Fargo Shanley senior A.J. Jacobson has seen a spike in activity the last couple of weeks.

Such is the life these days for an NCAA Division I men’s basketball prospect, thanks to a new rule that allows coaches and their staffs unlimited contact with recruits via phone, texts and private messages on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. The rule is allowed for recruits who have completed their sophomore seasons.

Jacobson – who averaged 23.8 points per game and 10.9 rebounds per game in his junior season with the Deacons – said he receives on average a call or text a day from different schools interested in him playing basketball.

“I’m getting more phone calls,” Jacobson said. “It’s nothing really that bad … They don’t really push it too hard. It’s been OK to deal with so far. It hasn’t been too overwhelming.”

The 6-foot-5 guard, who guided Shanley to a state runner-up finish a year ago, has received scholarship offers from North Dakota State of the Summit League and California Poly of the Big West Conference. He’s also been contacted by Northern Iowa and Drake from the Missouri Valley Conference.

The recruitment process is a lot to digest, but Jacobson said he’s taking it in stride.

“It’s pretty exciting to get a phone call here and there, but it’s just something I’m trying not to overlook anything and just make a good decision,” Jacobson said.

As of now, Jacobson has just been receiving phone calls and texts. No school has attempted to contact him on Facebook and Jacobson does not operate a Twitter account.

Jacobson’s decision on where he’ll play his college basketball will be made sometime before the high school basketball season. He said he may make his choice as early as August.

“Right now NDSU is obviously up there,” Jacobson said. “Maybe if I get an offer from a Missouri Valley school, I would definitely look at that too.

“I’m just trying to make a good decision and check out some options. I have been thinking about it, but it hasn’t really been overwhelming my mind.”

Fargo Davies junior Andrew Kozlowski has noticed an increase in contact since he wrapped up his sophomore season, in which he averaged 19.9 points and 6.2 rebounds for the Eagles.

“Now that they can contact me, I have been getting a lot of texts and calls, letting me know what is going on,” Kozlowski said. “It’s been a lot nicer for me anyways. I actually enjoy it because I can ask them what I need to get better. It’s not getting overwhelming.”

Kozlowski has been contacted by NDSU, South Dakota State, Minnesota State Moorhead and Minnesota-Crookston. He said his goal is to play at the Division I level.

The 6-0 guard hasn’t had any interaction with schools on his Twitter account, but said he is friends with several North Dakota State coaches on Facebook.

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Tom Mix at (701) 241-5562