In less than an hour early Saturday night, Penn State landed two of the Baltimore area’s top football prospects.
At 5:50 p.m., Mount Saint Joseph sophomore wide receiver Dont’e Thornton announced on Twitter that he’d committed to the Nittany Lions. Fifty-one minutes later, McDonogh junior wide receiver-defensive back Curtis Jacobs followed suit.
Jacobs, who earned second-team All-Metro honors as an Eagles wide receiver this fall, projects as a linebacker in college. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Jacobs is rated a four-star recruit and the No. 159 prospect overall in the Class of 2020 by 247Sports.com. He had offers from Maryland, Nebraska, Florida, Notre Dame and Wisconsin, among others.
Thornton, Penn State’s first recruit in the Class of 2021, finished with 51 catches for 960 yards and 12 touchdowns en route to first-team All-Metro honors. While not yet rated by the major recruiting services, he claimed offers from Maryland, Ohio State, Michigan and other local schools. His primary recruiter is Penn State tight ends coach Tyler Bowen, a former Terps lineman and assistant coach.