When you’re as athletically versatile as Andrianna Jacobs, picking your college sport can be as difficult as choosing your school.
But the Rochester Century senior has made her decision. Jacobs will settle in at the University of Nebraska next fall on a track and field scholarship, making it official by this afternoon on National Signing Day. The Cornhuskers are getting a prized recruit. Jacobs is the No. 1-ranked high school pole vaulter in the country.
The three-time Class AA state pole vault champion cleared 13 feet, 7 1/4 inches this summer, finishing first in the USATF National Junior Olympics in Jacksonville, Fla. It was the top height recorded by a high school girl in the country last year.
Still, Jacobs had to seriously mull what she was going to do once she got to college. She also is an elite diver. She finished fourth in the state in diving last year and second the season before that. She’s also one of the state’s better gymnasts, but at 5-foot-8, says she’s too tall to compete at an elite level there.
“I went back and forth between deciding on diving and the pole vault (for college), even up to a few months ago,” Jacobs said. “But I have some big dreams in the pole vault, and I feel like I have to focus on them.”
Jacobs went on official visits to Nebraska, Georgia, South Carolina, Indiana and Mississippi.
“I really liked the coach, the team and the whole atmosphere,” she said. “Everyone is really working hard, is friendly and knows what they want.”