EDITOR’S NOTE: Introducing O-line week at Saturday Down South. This week we’ll talk to some of the biggest offensive line recruits and commitments in the SEC, get their take on things … and we’ll rank ‘em.
Center is a tricky position to project. Once these big guys get to college, a guard could switch over to center, a center could switch to guard … a wayward tackle could inject himself into the discussion.
You never know.
No matter what happens, Florida center commitment Tyler Jordan is going to be a good one—and right now he’s the No. 1 SEC target at the center position, and the No. 3 center prospect in the country according to the 247Sports.com composite ranking, which averages all services.
When reached by phone, you could almost hear Jordan’s shoulders shrug.
“When you sent me the message the other day saying that I was the No. 1 center prospect in the SEC, I was surprised actually,” Jordan told Saturday Down South. “I don’t think of myself that way. I think of myself as a lineman going to Florida to go get an education and play football.
“I think that’s different from a bunch of other people. A bunch of guys flaunt how many offers they have and their invites to combines, but really I just try to put my head down and keep working. I know that when I’m a freshman, I’m definitely not going to be the top guy at school or the nation or whatever. I’m just going to be a freshman trying to work up the depth chart.”
Not a bad attitude to sport, eh? And everybody knows he’s right.
Jordan attends Bishop Kenny H.S. in Jacksonville (Fla.)—known to be one of the top academic schools in northeast Florida. Need evidence of the school’s (and Jordan’s) academic prowess? He also holds scholarship offers from Stanford, Cal-Berkeley, Georgia Tech and Bucknell. And SEC wise? Georgia, Kentucky, Ole Miss and South Carolina all wanted him. He’s a well-balanced prospect.
Playing center requires serious legit brain matter upstairs, so Jordan could be a great fit for the Gators if he stays there, which Jordan said the staff would like —but also he’s been told to be open-minded and versatile, that the best five guys will play.
He’ll be ready for the academic and athletic rigors when he gets on campus.
“Bishop Kenny challenges you, no offense to the public schools,” Jordan told SDS. “Right now I have a 3.7 and it’s difficult. It’s all honors classes which pretty much prepares you for the next stop. When I had my first visit with (new O-line coach Mike) Summers, he went over a bunch of stuff, talking about the offense, what they run. In a few minutes he was quizzing me and I was getting all the right answers.”
Jordan has already blocked for a BCS-level quarterback in high school. Parade All American and Wake Forest signee John Wolford was a four-year starter at Bishop Kenny. So Jordan has experience protecting college-level talent, another positive for his resume.
He’s ready for those big, ‘ole scary SEC defensive linemen. He’s also ready for what he feels will be a huge turnaround in Gainesville this fall.
“I think we’re going to bounce back really well this fall,” Jordan told SDS. “With 25 injuries and playing with second and third string guys against tough teams in the SEC, last year was tough. Now with all the people coming in fresh and a new line coach and new offensive coordinator, I think it’s a huge chance for a huge bounce back.”