Jacob doesn't understand anything but perfection. He is a WR for the Boyle County Rebels, a high school squad that was a 2a class football team when he stepped on campus. In the past 3 years, Boyle County has moved up a division, to 3a, but continue to dominate whomever they play.
Last year he only caught 45 passes for over 1000 yards and 16 TDs. Playing both ways as most great athletes do in high school football, he excelled equally on defense, getting 10 interceptions and making it look easy.
At a solid 6'5", Jacob towers over many of his opponents, giving an almost unfair advantage when there is a ball up for grabs either on the offensive or defensive side of the ball. "That is my strength, the ability to get over the other player and go get the ball…using my height to my advantage," Jacob explains.
But that is what the Division I schools love. He doesn't allow the ball to fall to his chest, ever. Using his size advantage to its utmost, he extends those long arms and gives no chance to even the most athletic defensive backs and wide receivers.
D-I schools like Purdue, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Michigan, Northwestern, and Notre Dame along with Kentucky are all looking closely at the tall (but not lanky, he has some strength to go with his height) athlete.
Of course with that height comes the question, will there be a move to the tight end position? He was clocked at a 4.5 earlier in the summer which is good enough for a DI reciever, but with his height, aggressiveness to the ball, and with a bit of added weight he could become an All-American Tight End.
Although TE is not his preference and he is open to the idea, Jacob explains "…right now, most schools are looking at me as a wide receiver, with some looking at me on defense."
As for UK, he has not had an official visit, but "since my sophomore year I have been on many unofficial visits, like games and such." During these visits, he was able to get an idea what the facilities were like. "They are awesome."
It seems there would be a good relation between Jacob and the coaching staff. Taylor Begley, a former Admiral and current Cat has kept Jacob updated on the state of the UK coaching staff and program. "I talked to Taylor Begley; he seems too really like the staff up there, seems to be a good environment."
With a WR's coach like Coach Jackson who has years of NFL experience, Jacob likes what he sees in the Cats. "Having a coach with that experience is definitely a plus." So, we shall see if Jacob adds his name to the list of great in-state football players who decide to play for the state school, the UK Wildcats.
Check out the video interview below!