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Player Evaluation: Dion Jordan
What exactly is a program getting in a player? That is the question that many fans and readers want to know when a player commits to their school. I am here to try and give early evaluations from the top players in my region. I start first with Dion Jordan from Chandler High School in Chandler, Arizona. Bio Name: Dion Jordan School: Chandler HS Position: WR/TE/DE Height: 6-6 Weight: 210 On the field Number: 81 Forty: 4.6 (self reported) Junior Stats: 54 catches for 804 yards and 13 TDs Junior Honors: A 1st team all region and all 5A pick. National Rank: #6 TE State Rank: #1 overall Breakdown Jordan has the ability to play a number of positions in college. At 6-6 215 pounds and running in the 4.6 range, you could see him line up at TE, WR or DE. He is being recruited mainly as a TE or athlete. He lines up at wideout for Chandler and plays some DE. There are not a lot of kids that are this big and run this well, period. Jordan has the size and frame that most people would project as a TE. He has not received many reps at TE so his inexperience may be a concern. He also lacks some of the necessary bulk and strength that TEs in BCS conference schools need to block and to get off the line of scrimmage. As a TE he would create match up problems with his height and speed. He would be a very effective red-zone weapon, allowing QBs to lob him the ball and out jump defenders. The scary thing is that Jordan has the speed and hands to play wideout a la former USC great WR Mike Williams. At 4.6, he is not going to out run a lot of college corners but he runs very smooth routes and can make the tough grabs. He is not scared to go across the middle and make catches either. He has soft hands and catches away from his body and sees the ball in. Again he creates match up problems for your typical corner. With a five to six inch height advantage, you can toss the ball up to him and odds are he will come down with it. It is tough for corners to press him as he is physical enough to beat them off the ball. If you play off Jordan, the DB now has the task of bringing him down after the catch. It is a Catch 22. Areas for Improvement Dion does not posses elite level speed. Don't get me wrong, he is not slow though. He is one of Arizona's top 110 and 300 meter hurdlers posting best times of 14.24 and 38.27 in those respective events last year. As a tight end, he will have to gain some weight and strength to be effective in the run game. He does show the ability to mix it up in the trenches, he plays DE as well for the 5A Wolves and gets after it. The potential is there. Bottomline Players like Dion Jordan are an offensive coordinator's God-send and defensive coordinator's worst nightmare. He can do so many things and can be used in a lot of different sets and formations. He can line up at TE or flex out in the slot. He is dangerous in the red-zone. He needs to be accounted for an every play. These are the kind of players that you love on your roster. Jordan currently holds offers from Cal, Nebraska, San Jose State, Michigan, Utah, Boise State, Arizona, Arizona State, San Diego State, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, Hawaii and Colorado. You judge for yourself. Here are clips of Jordan in two games from last year. About the writer: Jason was an all conference left tackle at Glendale (AZ) Community College and went on to play for Gary Barnett at Northwestern and later transferring to New Mexico State and playing for Tony Samuel. He was an academic all conference selection as a senior and earned a degree in criminal justice. He later went on and played two years of arena football, starting 16 games for AF2's Richmond Speed and attending training camp with the AF1's Buffalo Destroyers. Before being hired as Scout.com's Southwest Recruiting Analyst, Jason coached football and track at Agua Fria HS (Avondale, AZ) and coached last season's #1 recruit in the country, Everson Griffen.
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