2020 recruit Curtis Jacobs nabs Notre Dame offer following Elite Skills Camp

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND — Curtis Jacobs did a little bit of everything at Friday's Elite Skills Camp at Notre Dame. 

The four-star recruit played wide receiver, cornerback, safety and even participated in some linebacker drills. Where Jacobs will end up playing on the field by the time he hits college remains uncertain. But his future is bright. 

So bright, in fact, Notre Dame decided to offer Jacobs on Saturday. The Irish joined an offer list that includes the likes of Penn State, Nebraska, Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia. 

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound product of Owing Mills (Md.) McDonogh immediately stood out among the other campers. Even with his size, Jacobs ran the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds.  

Jacobs was tough to cover as a receiver in one-on-one drills, and he didn't let many receivers get separation when it was his turn to play defender. Jacobs probably ends up playing defense by the time he gets to college, but it will be interesting to track how his projection changes as he continues to develop. 

Rivals ranks Jacobs as the No. 19 athlete and No. 160 overall in the 2020 class. 247Sports slates him as the No. 36 wide receiver and No. 172 overall. 

Jacobs wasn't the only recruit to impress on Friday. Here are more standouts from the final Elite Skills Camp of the summer. 

• 2019 RB Jordan Houston, 5-9, 180; Oakton (Va.) Flint Hill: A 40 time wasn't needed to determine Houston was one of the fastest campers. He showed his speed in nearly every drill he completed.

The numbers backed that up. Houston clocked a 4.5 40. He also recorded a broad jump of 10-foot-1. 

Houston didn't have a flawless day. At least once he had to be corrected on which hand to carry the ball in for a drill. But he was running past defenders in the one-on-one passing drill and proved to be a capable receiver.  

Because Notre Dame already has a versatile running back in its 2019 class with Kyren Williams, it will be interesting to see if the Irish decide to pursue another in Houston. He's drawn interest elsewhere with offers from Michigan, Virginia Tech, Penn State and Michigan State. 

The three-star recruit rushed for 1,971 yards and 25 touchdowns in his junior season. Rivals ranks him as the No. 7 all-purpose back in the 2019 class. 247Sports slates him as the No. 8 all-purpose back. 

• 2019 S Tate Hallock6-3, 185; Grand Rapids (Mich.) Forest Hills Central: If Hallock was thinking about his commitment decision during the camp, he didn't show it. Before giving his pledge to Michigan State later on Friday, Hallock showed flashes of his potential at Notre Dame. He intercepted a pass during one-on-ones and clocked a 4.65 in the 40. 

247Sports slates Hallock as a three-star recruit and the No. 136 athlete. Rivals rate him as a two-star prospect. 

• 2020 DB Kameron Arnold, 6-0, 170; Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's: Arnold wasn't a noteworthy name entering Friday's camp, but he left making a good impression. He's a smooth athlete who appeared to be a natural cornerback. He even added a little flash with a one-handed catch during fade coverage drills with defensive backs coaches Terry Joseph and Todd Lyght. 

Arnold does not a have an offer or rating listed on his 247Sports profile. 

• 2021 QB J.J. McCarthy, 6-1, 170; La Grange Park (Ill.) Nazareth Academy: McCarthy separated himself as the sharpest quarterback on Friday. He was showing off his strong arm and throwing deep balls for wide receivers to run under. He needed to put a little more touch on his passes at times, but he was pretty consistent in delivering catchable throws.  

McCarthy's early offer list consists of Indiana, Iowa State and Cincinnati. He attends the same school that sent cornerback Julian Love to Notre Dame. 

• 2021 QB Jake Rubley, 6-3, 195; Highlands Ranch (Colo.) High: Rubley wasn't far behind McCarthy as the second-best quarterback on Friday. They both did some extra work with quarterbacks coach Tommy Rees after the camp ended. Rubley was accurate with his throws, but he didn't show as strong of an arm as McCarthy. Rubley was at his best on shorter timing routes. 

Rubley already has offers from Colorado and South Carolina. 

Testing stars 

• 2019 WR Isaiah Davis, 5-11, 170; Fort Worth (Texas) Chisolm Trail: Davis doesn't have profiles on Rivals or 247Sports, but he tested like a recruit worthy of one. Davis ran a 4.5 40 and jumped more than nine feet in the broad jump. 

• 2020 WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba, 6-1, 185; Rockwall (Texas) High: Smith-Njigba showed why Rivals rates him as a four-star recruit with a 4.6 40. Rivals ranks him as the No. 35 wide receiver in the 2020 class. 247Sports slates him as a three-star recruit and the No. 59 wide receiver. 

Smith-Njigba has a double-digit offer list including Nebraska, Arizona State and Minnesota. 

• 2020 WR Collin Sullivan, 6-1, 182; Round Rock (Texas) High: Sullivan also supported his four-star rating from Rivals with a 4.53 40. Rivals ranks him as the No. 20 wide receiver in the 2020 class. 247Sports slates him as a three-star recruit and the No. 55 wide receiver. 

Nine programs have already offered Sullivan including Oregon, Houston and Northwestern. 


2021 QB Ron Powlus 

2020 LB Ty Wise 

2020 S Sam Edwards 

2021 CB Jason Ward II 

2021 TE Dominic Chiavaroli 

2020 LB Drew Francis 

2020 TE Blayne Toll 

2020 LB Dejon Hall 

2021 WR Malachi Perry 

2020 WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba 

2021 LB Ryan Whelan 

2019 WR Marquice Perry 

2020 WR Cameron Martinez 

2021 RB Keaden Beach 

202LB Diego A Neri  

2020 WR Malique Perry   

2020 S Ryan Brandt 

2020 QB Kendel Beach 

2020 S Brendan Duneghy 

2019 S Matthew Waugh 

2020 RB Tony Myers Jr. 

2020 LB Adam Mekky 

2021 WR Devonta Smith 

2021 RB Alex Figueroa  

2019 S Tate Hallock 

2020 RB Jamason Jodway 

2020 LB Jeffrey Pietrowski 

2021 S Ryan Burton 

2020 LB Andrew Wortmann 

2021 RB Mali Walton 

2020 S Shiloh Means 

2021 RB Zeke Healy 

2020 LB Jay Higgins 

2020 LB Will Goheen 

2020 WR Brandt Hixson 

2021 WR Jonah Carnell 

2020 LB James Hinsperger 

2021 QB J.J. McCarthy 

2021 RB Adam Cassel 

2021 WR Jayden Thomas 

2020 LB Xander Mueller 

2020 DB Kameron Arnold  

2021 WR Tyler Mclaurin 

2020 WR Griffin Eifert 

2021 QB Ethan Houghtaling 

2019 TE Nick Waller 

2020 WR Cole Pedersen 

2021 QB Judah Holtzclaw 

2019 RB Justin Harrigan 

2020 TE Ian Norenberg  

2021 QB Maddox Tavernier   

2021 QB Aidan Johnson 

2019 RB Jordan Houston  

2021 RB Jake Langdon   

2020 RB Calel Aramboles  

2021 QB Ricky Easterwood Jr. 

2019 WR Michael Love 

2020 RB Miko Maessner 

2020 RB Dylan Downing 

202TE Zane Forist  

2020 QB Hunter Adams  

2020 WR Collin Sullivan   

2020 WR Bishop Johnson 

2020 QB Joseph Deyak 

2021 QB Andrew Fuss 

2020 ATH Curtis Jacobs 

2021 QB Jake Rubley   

2021 QB Thomas Hurley 

2019 WR Colin Ratigan 

2020 RB Johnny Spinner 

2019 WR Isaiah Davis 

Four-star athlete Curtis Jacobs, a 2020 recruit, reported a Notre Dame offer Saturday after competing in the Elite Skills Camp on Friday.