DB Jacobs Updates Recruiting Process

Three-star DePaul Catholic (Wayne, N.J.) athlete Davon Jacobs received a visit from a member of the Rutgers coaching staff last week that left a strong impression. ScarletReport.com caught up with Jacobs to discuss where Rutgers stands among his 12 verbal scholarship offers.

Like many Rutgers recruiting targets from North Jersey, Davon Jacobs has a strong relationship with assistant coach Jeff Hafley.

Hafley, who joined the Rutgers staff from Pittsburgh in the offseason, played an integral role in many late commitments to the Class of 2011. With the focus now on 2012, Hafley's name comes up early and often with many of the top recruits in New Jersey.

The Rutgers defensive backs coach was at DePaul Catholic last week to watch Jacobs.

"It's good that they have come to visit," Jacobs said. "I really like getting to see Coach Hafley and working out while he's there."

Jacobs did not speak with Hafley during his visit to the school, but said the two have frequent phone and Facebook conversations.

"He's cool," Jacobs said. "I like him a lot. He doesn't talk to you as a football player. He talks to you as a person. He tries to really build a relationship."

Jacobs has 12 verbal scholarship offers and does not plan to narrow down his list or name favorites until after school is finished. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder did say, however, that Connecticut, Boston College and Illinois are after him the hardest along with Rutgers.

Rutgers, Jacobs said, "is definitely not getting cut off" when he cuts his list, he said.

Jacobs attended three or four Rutgers practices dating back to last season, he said, and he likes the environment in Piscataway.

"I like how they practice," Jacobs said. "They practice hard and the coaches really get involved. They get in their face sometimes and they'll be running or jumping around."

Hafley and wide receivers coach P.J. Fleck stood out on the practice field to Jacobs.

"There is a lot of energy out there," he said.

Jacobs does not have any camps planned yet, but said "maybe Rutgers." The Scarlet Knights told Jacobs they like him as a cornerback at the next level. Jacobs has no preference between corner and safety, he said.

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