Norfolk Academy ATH Jacob Saffold (Video Still: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
Jacob Saffold’s Nike Opening Regional performance will turn a few heads
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Norfolk Academy DB Jacob Saffold (2020 ATH 5-9 170) came into the Nike Opening DC as a darkhorse. He left the event as an MVP and a finalist in the fastest man competition.
“I worked really hard to get to this point. It’s really important to me because I missed last season. I was able to validate the fact that I’m back to full speed now. I’m not super surprised because this is what I expect of myself,” Saffold said.
His SPARQ score of over 110 puts him in elite company. We invited Jake to the recruit757/Sparta Science Showcase back in March and he took full advantage of it. His performance at the Nike event was next level.
Saffold has spent the spring visiting college campuses and training, so that he’ll most certainly be ready for summer camps.
“I’ve been up to Penn and a lot of the Ivy League schools. Wake Forest is really interested in me right now. I’m probably going to stay in that area for camps,” he said. “Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard… pretty much all of the Ivy League schools are interested.”
Norfolk Academy sends a lot of students to high performing academic institutions and athletes there don’t get a break. Student-athletes fall right in line with the other high academic achievers at NA.
“The academic rigor (at Norfolk Academy) is really challenging. They’re prepping us for a high level of academics,” stated Saffold.
He’s obviously worked his way back from his injury. What else does he have to do in order earn an opportunity at the next level?
“Schools have said they’re looking for 1500 to 2000 yards and 20 to 25 touchdowns this year, which I think is easily doable because the coaches have really based the offense around me. They really want to make sure I’m back at full speed,” Saffold said. “I’m really looking to be a leader on the team and help our team out. Three years in a row, we’ve been conference champions and I want to make it four times in a row.”
– Andy Hilton