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Meet the 2020 Class: LB Curtis Jacobs

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BSD’s recruiting staff sat down for a roundtable on each prospect Penn State signed in the 2020 class. Coming in at No. 1 was five-star LB Curtis Jacobs.


What makes you excited about Curtis Jacobs?

“Absolute stud. Curtis Jacobs should be a five-star recruit. He’s a linebacker that moves like a safety and isn’t afraid at all to be physical. He flies to the ball and is fantastic in coverage. I struggle to see any way Jacobs isn’t an impact maker fairly early in his career.” --Clay

What worries you about Curtis Jacobs?

“When Jacobs commits to playing linebacker full time, it will be his first time doing so after doing a bit of everything in high school. While this is not a major concern due to Jacobs’ athleticism, football IQ and physicality, it could still be worth watching. When you’re talking about 5-star players line Jacobs, looking for something worrisome is often difficult to do.” --Marty

Do you think Curtis Jacobs will be redshirted next season? Around what point of his career do you think he pushes for meaningful playing time?

“Penn State already has a strong two-deep of linebackers in Micah Parsons, Jesse Luketa, Ellis Brooks, Brandon Smith, Lance Dixon, and Charlie Katshir. But that being said — Jacobs is too good to keep off the field. I’d expect Jacobs to get the Brandon Smith treatment: special teamer, snaps here and there defensively, and an increased role as the year goes on.” --Patrick

What is your projection for Curtis Jacobs: depth provider, starter, multi-year starter, all-conference, all-american?

Clay: All-Conference
Marty: All-American
Patrick: All-Conference

Lastly, where do you have Curtis Jacobs ranked in Penn State’s class?

Clay: 1st
Marty: 1st
Patrick: 2nd