Over the weekend, Taivon Jacobs’s mailbox was filled with letters from Alabama, Notre Dame, Oregon and Penn State. The Suitland junior wide receiver, already happy when he first received his first Division I offers from Maryland and North Carolina, was again filled with excitement.
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.