Cutrera has all of the physical tools to be a great linebacker at the college level but he also has something you can't teach a kid and that is heart.
"He is one of those guys that is a tremendous talent with a desire to play hard all the time," said Acadiana assistant coach Scott McCullough. "He plays full speed on every play. In high school you will see kids take a play off but not Jacob."
Since cracking the starting lineup for Acadiana two years ago, Cutrera has been a mainstay on the Wreckin' Rams defense. He finished his sophomore season with 118 tackles and logged 112 in 2004 despite missing two games with a shoulder injury. First Team All-District and Honorable Mention All-State honors came his way last season but do not be surprised if All-American honors come his way next year.
College coaches have told him they like his size and speed in the middle but if he keeps growing he may end up playing on the edge.
"They made the comment they he reminded them of Rocky Calmus by the way he looked on the field," McCullough said. "He could also be a rush end because he is so fast and such a good pass rusher. He is real lean and I think he could easily add 30 pounds or so."
Notre Dame, USC, Auburn, Ole Miss, Alabama and Miami are just some of the schools showing strong interest in the blue chip prospect but they will have a tough time pulling him away from LSU.
"I think they like LSU a lot," McCullough said. "The family is big LSU fans."
Jacob and his father, Johnny Cutrera, attended LSU's Junior Day last weekend and they were fortunate enough to spend a little time with Les Miles behind closed doors. They did not know what to expect from the Tigers' new headman but by the time they left Baton Rouge they were huge Les Miles fans.
When asked if LSU would be the team to beat for his services, Jacob replied, "I'd probably say so. Definitely so."
Acadiana's Cutrera is top LB
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