High School: East Wake
Position: Outside linebacker/tight end
Why Army? Jacob is quick to point out the United States Military Academy is a top institute on lists by Forbes and US New & World Report. “It’s the name, ‘West Point,’ and you can’t beat the academics,” he said. “I’m really big on academics and the coaches were serious about recruiting. I’ve never experienced someone recruit as hard as they do at Army.” He said you’d think once recruiters got a commitment they’d ease up in their outreach efforts, but that hasn’t been the case. He said he still gets phone calls twice a week.
Most memorable: When he looks back at his high school day years from now, Jacob said he will be proud to say he succeeded in his goals. “I really came here to do one thing, that’s to make good grades and play football and pick up a scholarship,” he said. “It always makes me feel good to think back and say I accomplished what I was trying for.”
Notable: The 6-foot-3, 222-pounder earned All-Greater Neuse River Conference honorable mention his sophomore year, and was an all-conference selection his junior and senior years. He was also conference co-defensive player of the year his senior season, when his stat line included more than 130 tackles, seven tackles for loss, two interceptions, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
East Wake coach John Poulnott: “Jacob brings a lot of tenacity to the table and never-quit attitude. He’s going to be sorely missed next year. We’ve got to find the guy that is going to will the team to wins the way that Jacob did.”
Compiled by Aaron Moody.