Mr. Mismatch

National Recruiting Editor
Posted May 12, 2008


"I want to see eye-to-eye with the coaches and just really fit in," Jordan Najvar said. "I'd like to play in an offense that utilizes the tight end and where I'll be comfortable. Distance doesn't matter because every school is just a plane ride away. I don't have a set top five, but I will within the next month. I'll narrow it down to a top three or five and I'd like to make a decision before..."

Jordan Najvar, the 6-foot-6, 235 pound three-star tight end from Klein Oak High School in Spring, Texas, finished his junior season with 15 receptions for 205 yards and 10 touchdowns. His team made it to the second round of playoffs and finished with a 10-2 record.

"I have great speed and create mismatches with my size," Najvar said. "I can run in the open field and I'm a shifty and versatile tight end. I'm great with the ball in my hands.

"I still want to improve my inline blocking and get stronger," he said

He says he can bench 295 pounds and squat 400, while claiming to run a 4.7 forty. Najvar also says he has a 31-inch vertical jump.

Although he continues to deny a leader, Najvar says he favors Georgia, Oklahoma, Arizona, Arkansas, Nebraska and Houston. They've all offered except Georgia and Oklahoma. "They are both coming to see me this spring and said if they like what they see they would offer me," he said.

"I really like the SEC and the Big 12 and they are both winning teams," he said. "They are always ranked high and play in top bowl games every year."

The first school to offer Najvar was Arizona in February. "They showed a lot of faith in me early on and they are really lacking depth at tight end," he said. "I think I'd get some early playing time. They said they like my size and said that I might even be able to play receiver."

Najvar, ranked as the No. 32 tight end in the country by Scout.com, also has offers from Clemson, Northwestern and Kansas. "I want to go somewhere I feel at home and where they have a family atmosphere," he said.

"I want to see eye-to-eye with the coaches and just really fit in. I'd like to play in an offense that utilizes the tight end and where I'll be comfortable. Distance doesn't matter because every school is just a plane ride away.

"I don't have a set top five, but I will within the next month," he said. "I'll narrow it down to a top three or five and I'd like to make a decision before the end of summer."

Najvar says he doesn't plan to attend any camps during the summer, but will go on many unofficial visits. Two schools he definitely plans to check out are Nebraska and Arkansas.

"I believe that Nebraska will turn it around," he said. "I think coach Bo Pelini will do a good job there and will be good for the program. I love their winning tradition and love how everything there revolves around football. People are always talking about Huskers football and I want to go there and see what it's like.

"Arkansas has new coaches too and I think they'll do well," he said. "They really weren't a school I ever looked at until Darren McFadden brought them all that attention.

"I know they've been playing good and winning," he said. "Plus they play in the SEC and that's a very competitive conference."

Najvar says that he never followed a specific school growing up. "I don't have a program that I live or die for."

He says he wants to major in business management and reports a 4.5 core GPA (on a 6 scale) and is waiting on his SAT results.



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