A Pair of Gridiron Jays Commit to Play Collegiate Football

Posted February 3, 2016 / Last updated February 4, 2016

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On National Signing Day, wide receiver Kalija Lipscomb and kicker Crew Jacobs made commitments to play football on the collegiate level.

On National Signing Day, wide receiver Kalija Lipscomb and kicker Crew Jacobs made commitments to play football on the collegiate level.

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Two senior football players from Jesuit High School of New Orleans —  kicker/ punter Crew Jacobs and wide receiver/ return specialist Kalija Lipscomb — have committed to play football at the collegiate level.

A National Signing Day event took place Wednesday (Feb. 3) at Jesuit where Lipscomb signed a letter of intent with Vanderbilt University in Nashville while Jacobs officially committed to Rhodes College in Memphis. Their contributions to Jesuit’s 2014 team were instrumental in the Blue Jays winning the school’s first football state championship since 1960.

Crew Jacobs (Rhodes College)

Crew Jacobs with his parents, Mark and Erin Jacobs, moments after committing to play football at Rhodes College.

Crew Jacobs with his parents, Mark and Erin Jacobs, moments after committing to play football at Rhodes College.

Jacobs (H: 5’7” W: 150) was a four-year starter for the Blue Jays. His kicking and punting helped the Jays defeat John Curtis in the 2014 state championship game. During his Jesuit career, Jacobs converted 164 PATs and made 20 field goals, accounting for 224 points, which places him sixth on Jesuit’s list of “Most Career Points.” He made 59 extra points in 2014, just one shy of Jesuit’s single-season record of 60, posted in the 2011 season by Ralphie Freibert ’12.

“Crew has been a mainstay for our team,” said Coach Mark Songy. “His ability to directionally kick the ball allowed for our kicking team to limit our opponents, placing our offense in scoring position at much needed times. He will be a successful kicker and an asset to the program at Rhodes.”

Jacobs plans to study pre-law at Rhodes.

Kalija Lipscomb (Vanderbilt)
A three-year starter for the Blue Jays, Lipscomb (H: 6’2” W: 195) caught 56 passes for 1,200 yards and 13 touchdowns in the most recent 2015 season. Add his junior year season and Lipscomb’s stats are even more impressive: 137 catches for 2,078 yards. He scored a total of 27 touchdowns for the Jays, including two in the 2014 state championship game.

“Kalija produced many big plays for Jesuit’s offense at times when we needed them very much,” said Coach Mark Songy. “Vanderbilt is getting a fine student and an outstanding receiver. There is no doubt he will be very successful playing in the SEC.”

Kalija Lipscomb with his mother, Kiesha Washington, and his father, Karanja Lipscomb, moments after signing to play football at Vanderbilt University.

Kalija Lipscomb with his mother, Kiesha Washington, and his father, Karanja Lipscomb, moments after signing to play football at Vanderbilt University.

Lipscomb plans to study journalism or engineering.

Lipscomb’s athletic recognition includes the following:

Louisiana Football Coaches Association (LFCA)
2014 All-State Class (5A)

Louisiana Sportswriters Association (LSWA)
2015 All-State Honorable Mention (Class 5A)
2014 All-State (Class 5A)

Times-Picayune
2015 All-Metro Return Specialist (Class 4A-5A)
2015 All-District
2014 All-District

New Orleans Advocate
2015 All-Metro (Class 4A-5A)

Clarion Herald
2015 Elite Catholic School Football Team
2014 Elite Catholic School Football Team

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Nola.com – Jesuit’s Kalija Lipscomb, Crew Jacobs ink letters on Signing Day

SportsNola.com – National Signing Day Video – Jesuit’s Crew Jacobs to Rhodes College

SportsNola.com – National Signing Day Video – Jesuit’s Kalija Lipscomb to Vanderbilt