At 6-foot-5, 245 pounds, Nick Jacobs is a dominant tight end but also excels at defensive end, and he has champion bloodlines too. Jacobs' father, Reginald "Buster" Jacobs, was an all-state inside linebacker (and tight end) in the late 1980s.
In fact, the elder Jacobs was a senior member and the best player on Many High School's best team ever -- the 1988 2A state runners-up -- and making a trip to the Superdome is on the mind of his son.
"Our goal is like every other team," said Nick, "to go to state."
Currently a three-star prospect, Jacobs has a lot of upside. For starters, he's extremely athletic for his size, running a 4.8 and playing center for one of the best basketball teams in the state in any classification.
Jacobs says that LSU has mainly talked with him about playing tight end, but that the coaches have mentioned the possibility of also using the versatile big man on defense.
"I guess that's up to LSU to decide," said Many head coach Keith Menard of his prize pupil's potential position on the next level.
"Nick has a lot of upside at tight end," said Menard. "He's a tremendous blocker. He can also play defensive end with the best of them - or even offensive tackle. He's fun to coach and real down to Earth. He's like a big ole teddy bear.
"One of these kids who didn't realize how good he was (for awhile)," added Menard, "but he really believes in his abilities now."
As Jacobs should. After all, LSU has almost filled up its dance card with 2010 commits, and Jacobs was one of the first targets of Les Miles and his staff.
Last year, Many was primarily a run-first team, and Jacobs didn't see many passes thrown his way. That, however, could change this year.
"Oh, yeah," said Jacobs, "Coach said I'm going to get more passes this year."
What is his strength on the football field?
"Hitting people," Jacobs says matter-of-factly. "I'm working on improving my hands catching the football and on my quickness - with cutting and running routes."
What sold Jacobs on LSU?
"It's a big-time school," he said, "and I wanted to be close to home but not too far away."
Jacobs added that he is enjoying "having the pressure off" in terms of recruiting, so he can focus solely on his senior year.
Many made a deep run in the 2A playoffs last year before running into perennial powerhouse Evangel Christian, and the Tigers are loaded again this year.
Rod Davis, a 6-foot-4 wide receiver, is a Class of 2011 recruit who is already turning heads. In fact, Les Miles made it a point to speak one-on-one with Davis at the recent LSU summer football camp.
"He (Davis) can do it all," marveled Jacobs. "He's real physical and strong."
In addition, Jacobs pointed out quarterback D.J. Palmer as another teammate to watch.
"D.J. is like an Adrian Peterson, but at quarterback," Jacobs said of his dual-threat signal caller.