In today’s sports terminology, players in the college ranks are referred to as student-athletes. And there are particular guidelines put in place to ensure that athletes uphold that status. While many do, some don’t.
Then again, others exceed the listed standards. That is where Houston (TX) Taylor quarterback Jordan Are falls in. Are, a student who recently led his team to a 51-10 district win over rival Hastings, has been putting up solid numbers on the field and in the classroom.
And it is evident by his interest list.
“Right now Harvard is looking at me for the quarterback position. That’s it,” Are said. “There are not any other schools really recruiting me.”
Interesting as the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Are had programs like Rice, SMU, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Purdue and Tulsa in pursuit at some time or another during the process. Now, it is the academics who’s who in the mix.
“He’s a cool customer. He is so smart and that is why he is being recruited by a number of Ivy League schools,” Taylor coach JD Jordan said of Are. “His leadership and athleticism will take him a long way. He is a player who will be successful in life.”
In the Hastings win, Are did not have big numbers, but netted big results. He was 3-of-4 for 84 yards and three touchdowns. He also had another 30 yards on the ground. For the year, he has thrown nine touchdown passes to only one interception. He has five rushing touchdowns as well.
Are said he looks to make a trip to check out Harvard before the recruiting process is over, but getting to the playoffs en route to state game is on the forefront.
“We executed well and this was our second district game. So this was a big game,” Are said. “One of our goals for this year was to get to the state game, but we can’t do it without taking care of this one first.”