The hashtag for the Terrapins may be "#LocksItIn," but Franklin is the one locking down Maryland talent. McDonogh School product and four-star athlete Curtis Jacobs has verbally committed to Penn State. Jacobs announced the news on his Twitter account.
— Curtis Jacobs (@CurtisUpNext23) February 2, 2019
Jacobs certainly had to work for his Penn State offer. He visited twice unofficially in addition to his June 2018 camp visit. It was that performance that earned him the Nittany Lion offer. He's been a Penn State-regular throughout the process with some visits sprinkled into Florida and North Carolina.
The Jacobs File
- Class: 2020
- Size: 6-2/220
- Pos: ATH
- School: McDonogh School (Owings Mills, MD)
- Composite Rating: ★★★★ (.9371)
- Composite Rank: No. 159 overall (No. 8 OLB)
His most notable offers included Michigan, Florida, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, and Virginia Tech. He seemed very fond of his time in Gainesville, but no other school could establish enough of a relationship, or at least clearly not enough for Jacobs to drag on the recruiting process.
Jacobs didn't even feel the need to use any of his official visits before deciding he wanted to spend his college career in Happy Valley. He will surely use one as a commit later, but his role, in that case, would be that of a peer recruiter. Former Penn State wide receiver coach David Corley led the charge early, but with the Nittany Lions viewing Jacobs as an outside linebacker, Brent Pry played a key role as well.
Jacobs makes it No. 3 for 2020 and rockets Penn State up to 19th in the 247Sports team rankings.