Suitland’s Taivon Jacobs’s speed is attracting top colleges


Suitland’s Taivon Jacobs carries the ball upfield against Wise in 2010. (John McDonnell/THE WASHINGTON POST)

That attention has come become of Jacobs’s speed. A slender player who is at most 5-foot-9, 150 pounds on a good day, Jacobs is lightning quick, a championship-caliber track runner and can run a sub-4.4 40-yard dash. Suitland Coach Ed Shields insists that Jacobs is tougher than his skinny frame would suggest.

Jacobs said he developed his speed as a youngster, tagging along with his older brother, Levern Jacobs, also a fast wide receiver and a 2011 Marshall recruit.

“I was working with him at receiver because when I found out that my body frame was a receiver and not a running back, I switched and I was working with him ever since,” Taivon Jacobs said. “And I was still running track while I was doing it. As I was doing it, I was getting faster.”

Jacobs, who caught 15 passes for 272 yards and four touchdowns last season, has the speed and shiftiness that college coaches desire. They are attributes that could also make him one of the area’s most coveted recruits of the 2013 class.

“When I found out that college coaches like speed, speed kills in college, I just focused on wide receiver and defense,” said Jacobs, who added he will still run track this year.

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.

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