Norfolk Academy RB/DB Jacob Saffold (Photo: Brian Knight/recruit757)
High performance and high academic athlete Jacob Saffold goes the Ivy route
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
After missing his junior season and posting a solid come back campaign this spring at events like the recruit757/Sparta Showcase at Redskins Park and the Nike Opening Regional in DC, Jacob Saffold has decided to go the route that may serve him best academically.
Saffold (2020 RB/DB 5-9 170) posted a 4.44 forty in March at Redskins Park and posted a 4.35 forty at the Nike Opening. Coming into the spring, he had no scholarship offers and coming into the summer he was at double digits including six Ivy League schools and William and Mary. Temple offered. Hampton offered. Georgetown offered. Liberty offered.
After deliberating with his senior season approaching, Saffold committed to an offer from Yale on Monday.
I would like to thank my family, friends, and coaches for all they have done for me. With that being said I would like to announce my commitment to Yale University‼️#ELITEXX #ThisIsYale #LifeChangingU @CoachDLett @Yale_Stevens @CoachRenoYale pic.twitter.com/7KUdHKBSKt
— Jacob Saffold (@cantguardjake_5) July 29, 2019
Saffold camped for a number of big name schools, including LSU, Tulane, Wake Forest and UCLA. He saw the schools he wanted to see. Yale landed his commitment.
When asked about Jake’s contributions to Norfolk Academy and his upcoming senior season, Bulldogs head coach Steve Monninger made it clear: “Jacob Saffold was really missed last season. This year, he is fast and strong and ready to be a featured part of our football team. He’ll be a focal point of our offense.”
Regarding his commitment to Yale, Coach Monninger had a lot to share.
“I am really proud of Jacob and his family for all of their work and dedication to this recruiting process. Over the past couple of years, Jacob has traveled extensively to get his exposure. Jacob explored so many schools and so many different levels of football from Power 5 programs to other FBS and FCS schools. As a family, they left no stone upturned.
When Jacob was visiting Yale, he texted me how impressed he was with everything about the program from strength and conditioning, to the coaches, to the education and job placement after graduation. The Yale coaches are ecstatic about landing Jacob. They were able to evaluate Jacob at three camps this summer (Vanderbilt, Duke and Wake Forest) and they have made it clear that Jacob is one of the best recruits on their board.
Overall, we feel that Yale University is simply a perfect fit all around for Jacob and we are excited to see him show his skills on the field this fall.”
Norfolk Academy opens the 2019 season with a home game against The Potomac School on August 30, under the lights at Wynne-Darden Stadium.
– Andy Hilton