Over the last four years when you played Musselman you knew you were gong to have to account for Jacob Northcraft.
Standing at 6’0 200 lbs the Musselman High School senior has been a focal point of the Applemen’s football program since his freshman year.
One of the hardest runners in the history of the Musselman program, Northcraft will finish his football career as the leading rusher in Applemen history with 5,196 total rushing yards.
Named to the 2017 WV High School Class AAA All-State Team Northcraft was the workhorse for the Applemen this past season accumulating 225 carries for 1,525 yards.
And those weren’t easy yards. Northcraft was the type of runner you needed to stack the box to contain. It was not often he went down after first contact and if you didn’t go low you were going to feel it when he hit you.
Football was always in Northcraft’s blood. But all things must come to an end. His love for football comes second to his desire to serve both his country and his state.
And the decision may have been easier than most realize, “I love football, but I love Musselman football,” Northcraft said when asked about his love for the game.
Was playing at the collegiate level ever a possibility? It was. Jacob was invited to WVU last season to take in a game and tour the facilities, something he proclaims was one of the best experiences of his life.
“I’ve always been a Mountaineer fan but was never really able to get to many games”.
But despite the interest from WVU, Northcraft will continue to only be a fan. He has a much higher calling.
“I come from a military family, I’ve been to the Marine Corp graduation three times at Paris Island, I always wanted to serve.”
The Marines are not in his future either though. Northcraft will join the Air Guard upon graduation where he will fulfill his duty to his country, one he has felt for as long as he can remember.
But afterwards is where Northcraft shows his true ambition. Jacob will be applying to become a West Virginia State Trooper after going back to school to get his college degree. “I want to be a trooper, because it’s the best way I feel I can give back to my community and my state, but I also know how important a college degree is.”
While Northcraft may not be suiting up in the Old Gold and Blue on Saturdays in the fall, he is fulfilling goals and dreams that embody the spirit and meaning of West Virginia pride and ideas of being a Mountaineer. Northcraft has recognized at such a young age the importance of giving back to his family, community and country. It goes without saying that he will be making his family, football teammates and the State of West Virginia proud in the near future and beyond.