CoachSpeak: McKenna Talks Jacobs' Commitment

Between DePaul's (Wayne, N.J.) youth camp and an offseason workout, head coach John McKenna spoke with ScarletReport.com about his star defensive back's commitment to Rutgers.

Three-star defensive back Davon Jacobs initially planned to make his decision at the beginning of his senior season, but jumped in early with today's commitment to Rutgers.

John McKenna, head coach at DePaul (Wayne, N.J.) and Jacobs' coach for three years, explained why he thinks Jacobs got it done in June instead of September.

"He always had Rutgers in his heart and it was always in his head to get it done before the season," McKenna said. "When you're sure, why not make it official? ... I'm absolutely happy that he made his decision now. I'm glad it's over with because Davon has a season to prepare for."

Scout.com rates Jacobs as a three-star safety, but the 6-foot-2, 185-pounder expects to use his frame and 4.5 speed at cornerback for Rutgers.

"He can be a corner or a safety in my mind," McKenna said. "He plays safety for us, but I guess they like him more as a cornerback. He can be a lock-down corner without question. The more positions he is able to play, the quicker I see him getting on the field and making an impact."

Jacobs told McKenna earlier today about his decision and the coach said he was "happy for him."

"I'm glad he made his choice and I'm glad he chose Rutgers," he said. "It's a good fit for him and he loves it over there." McKenna said the relationship with defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley played a large role in Jacobs' decision and McKenna's positive opinion of the Rutgers program.

"I like Jeff Hafley a lot," he said. "I've known him for a while and Coach Schiano is a terrific coach. I trust their coaching staff and I look forward to the major college talent they turn Davon into after he finishes at DePaul.

"It just shows how well Rutgers is doing at keeping that talent in New Jersey."

McKenna said he got to know Hafley during Pittsburgh's recruitment of Shakim Phillips.

"Jeff Hafley is a tremendous recruiter and just a genius hire by Coach Schiano," McKenna said. "I really like Jeff. He knows what he's doing and he's very honest with the kids. He does it the right way."

McKenna also coaches offensive linemen Nick Golz and Errol McCarthy, who have experience with Rutgers. Golz camped at Rutgers twice this month and McCarthy holds an offer from Temple.

With the positive direction of Rutgers offensive line recruiting, neither are in the picture as much as they may have been two months ago, but McKenna said both are Division I athletes.

"Errol already has that Temple offer and I think he'll get a few more when the season starts," he said. "Nick is a transformed player. He lost a lot of weight and something will happen with him soon."

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