Cypress (Texas) Cy-Fair had a remarkable turnaround this past season, going from the cellar to district champion. The Houston-area school should be even better this coming year as a strong junior class returns.
One of the prospects that head coach Ed Pustejovsky is relying heavily upon is running back John Jacob. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound junior returns as the team's leading rusher and he recently received his first scholarship offer.
"I received my first offer yesterday from Air Force," Jacob said on Tuesday evening. "Coach (Troy) Calhoun called me last night. He told me they had evaluated my film as a coaching staff and they thought I'd be a perfect person to fit their system.
"They want me to come out there and check out the Academy and see how things are and see how I like it. They want me to come out there something this summer."
Jacob says the offer caught him a bit off guard.
"It was actually a surprise," he said. "I had never gotten any mail from them or anything and I had never talked to them before. Coach P told me on Friday that they called him and asked him what type of person I was and everything. Monday, coach P told me that they wanted to offer and I had also gotten an email from coach Calhoun. It all just happened quickly."
Several other programs have also been in frequent contact with Jacob. Though they have yet to extend offers, that could come soon.
"I've been talking to UTSA, Rice and Tulsa a lot," he said. "They all want me to come to their camps for sure. Academically I'm fine but they just want to see me in person. We have a lot of talent in our area and they just want to pick out the best from the camps.
"I'm going to the UTSA camp for sure. It's in Katy. I'm also going to the Rice camp on June 3. That's all the ones that I've planned for sure right now."
Though it is still early in the recruiting process, the elusive rusher admits that a pair of schools stand out at the moment.
"I really like UTSA," Jacob said. "That's a school that has just caught my eye - them and Rice. I like the coaching staff (at UTSA) and I feel like they have the potential to blow up pretty soon being a brand new program and all. I like the environment as well. San Antonio is a nice area and it's not too far from home. Rice's education is a huge selling point and they're really close to home being in Houston and all."
As a junior this past season Jacob earned first-team all-district honors after rushing for 1,1192 yards and 16 touchdowns.