Texas Tech’s top (and only) quarterback target in 2019 was on campus Thursday as San Antonio (Tx.) John Jay High School junior Jacob Zeno made a second unofficial visit out to Lubbock on his birthday. The 6-foot-2, 181-pound quarterback, rated the #15 pro-style QB in the country and #64 prospect in Texas, detailed his visit with Inside the Red Raiders.
“I started off by watching practice. They did a walkthrough starting at about 7:20ish. After that we went to go eat at some burger place right next door, I forgot what it was called. After that they took us on a tour, I got to see the apartments, the rec center, saw all the buildings. I met with a physical therapist who talked to me about the different programs that they have. They walked me through the classes and tutoring room. The tour was fun. Then I met with Coach Kingsbury in his office, and we watched film together. They took me down to the weight room and I got to meet with the strength coaches, the athletic trainers. That part was fun too.”
Always a great time in Lubbock!! 🔴⚪#GunsBlazin19 #WreckEm pic.twitter.com/aiKA2qr2kT
— JZ (@ZenoJacob) March 9, 2018
What was Zeno’s favorite part of the visit?
“I would have to say all of it, honestly.”
Before the visit, Zeno revealed he would be meeting with head coach Kliff Kingsbury to discuss a good time to commit.
“We talked about it, and I think I’m going to make my decision at the end of April. I think that would be the best time. I’ll take all my visits before then.”
Right now the only other school he has plans to visit is Baylor.
“I’m going to go to the Baylor spring practice on Thursday, the other ones I’m still planning out with my dad.”
Will Zeno visit Georgia, who offered earlier this week?
“Possibly, but I don’t know yet.”
Zeno was asked if the visit changed the way he felt about Texas Tech at all.
“Yes sir, it did. I didn’t realize Tech, campus-wise, was that big. They said it was the second-largest campus in the nation. I had no idea. The different physical therapy facilities they have, they have a hospital on campus, it just blew my mind. On top of that, the weight room, two athletic training rooms, it was just crazy. It blew my mind.”
Before the visit, Zeno indicated that Texas Tech was his number-one school. Is that still the case, following an offer from national champion runner-up Georgia?
Blessed and excited to have received an offer from Georgia!! ⚫🔴🐶 #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/SjmRdUu7gK
— JZ (@ZenoJacob) March 7, 2018
The 17-year-old, who will be an early enrollee graduating in December, traveled with his father and pastor to visit the school on his birthday.
“My dad loved it. I brought my pastor along, too, and he was just mindblown. My dad didn’t think they had that much at Tech on campus either, he was really blown away, by the apartments especially. We both love Tech.”
One of the more important parts of the visit to Zeno was meeting with an academic advisor and learning about the tutoring and support the athletes at Texas Tech receive.
“She was just walking me through the different classes I would take, planning out my schedule, walking me through everything. When I come in, I’ll have to do a seminar class with the other freshmen. She sits down with the coaches every week, they print out my grades and discuss them with the coaches. She helped me understand that side of things a lot. Texas Tech does a lot to support their student-athletes, they really help them.”
Is there anything else Zeno needs to see from Texas Tech before committing to the Red Raiders?
“No, sir. They’ve done more than enough.”
Jacob Zeno holds offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor, Boston College, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Missouri, Rutgers, Syracuse, Texas Tech, and Utah, among others. He is receiving interest from Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, Texas, and Texas A&M, among others.