Maryland football starts its season in 54 days. Until then, we’re profiling each and every player on the roster.
Levern Jacobs, wide receiver
High School: Suitland High School (Temple Hills, Md.)
Jersey No.: 8
How he got to College Park
Jacobs originally committed to Marshall in the class of 2011, but changed his commitment to the Terps after attending prep school in 2012. He was the No. 5 prep school receiver in the class of 2012, per the 247Sports Composite.
He saw solid action behind Stefon Diggs and Deon Long at receiver for Maryland, but wasn’t a part of the team’s juggernaut receiving corps in 2014 as he was suspended for the entirety of that season. His suspension was the result of an assault arrest, but Jacobs was found not guilty when the case went to court. Jacobs was able to play again as a junior in 2015, and was the team’s leader in catches (35 and receiving yards per game (42.5).
A career highlight
Jacobs enters this season as Maryland’s No. 1 receiver. He’s the most experienced option the team has. He’ll be challenged for the role by sophomore D.J. Moore, but Jacobs has a chance to make quite an impact and could even slide into the late rounds of the NFL Draft if he has a great season.
Much of this relies on the quarterback, as Maryland’s awful QB play limited what receivers could do in 2015. Still, Walt Bell’s screen-heavy offense should make it easier for Jacobs to make plays. He has good speed, and if he can do on screens what he did on that slant route above, Jacobs really could hear the NFL calling. He had some promising moments in the spring game, so never say never.
What a dream season would look like
Jacobs benefits immensely from Bell’s new offense, becomes Maryland’s leading receiver for the second straight season, and at least gets an invite to an NFL training camp. He is a helpful mentor to Moore and freshman Tino Ellis, and is a helpful bridge until 2017 for the position.
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