ASHBURN, Va. – Prince George’s County products Zach Pascal and Levern Jacobs were among a group of eight undrafted college free agents who participated in the Washington Redskins three-day rookie minicamp at Redskins Park last weekend.
Pascal, who played at Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School, signed a free agent deal with the NFL franchise after getting overlooked in the draft.
The Upper Marlboro native started all 13 games at wide receiver for Old Dominion University last season and was named second-team All-Conference USA after leading the Monarchs with 65 receptions for 946 yards and nine touchdowns.
Pascal, who finished his college career as Old Dominion’s all-time receptions leader, said he looks forward to playing professional football in the area where he grew up.
“It feels great to not be too far from home,” Pascal said. “My parents will be able to come see practices and see games and things like that so I’m happy about that.”
Meanwhile, Jacobs, a Temple Hills native who played at Suitland High School, is also seeking to make the Redskins’ roster as a wide receiver.
During a stellar collegiate career at the University of Maryland, Jacobs finished ranked seventh in program history in receptions (130) and 12th in receiving yards (1,544).
The minicamp also featured Redskins first-round draft pick Jonathan Allen, a local product who played at Stone Bridge High School, which is located just minutes away from Redskins Park.
Allen, a projected top-five pick who was selected 17th overall in the draft, is expected to make a significant contribution to the Redskins defensive line. During his senior campaign at Alabama, Allen earned numerous accolades including the Chuck Bednarik Award given annually to the nation’s top defensive player.
“I think he’s got great football knowledge, number one,” said Redskins head coach Jay Gruden. “Number two, he has great hands and his feet are good. So I think he’s got all the tools to be a great defensive lineman, without a doubt.”