As a high school freshman, Tyler Jordan didn’t have the makings of an SEC lineman.
He stood 6-foot-2 and weighed 170 pounds, and big-time college football programs weren’t showing up at Jacksonville Bishop Kenny to get an early jump on his recruitment.
Now, Jordan is committed to the University of Florida and became an Under Armour All-American in late April.
“Going into high school, I never thought I would get to the point I’m at now,” he said. “It’s a huge honor. There’s only been one other player from my high school who was an All-American, and that’s (UF receiver) Ahmad Fulwood.”
With Fulwood and others like him who play skill positions, high school talent is easy to identify early on. Offensive linemen — not so much.
It’s the hardest position for college coaches to evaluate and recruit, and Jordan was still a work in progress entering his junior season.
“I kind of felt a little undersized last year looking at all the guys who were 6-foot-6, 300 pounds,” he said. “I didn’t feel I could fit in with them. But I’ve worked my butt off. My film kind of speaks for itself if you look at my sophomore season and compare it with my junior season.”
Schools sure took notice. Jordan received more than a dozen offers during a five-week span in January and February, including Florida, Georgia, Miami, Ohio State, South Carolina and Stanford.
“It felt amazing,” he said. “Honestly, after the season, I was just hoping to get recruited. I didn’t expect this much attention. A year ago, I wasn’t anywhere close to having a place like Ohio State look at me.”
Now at 6-foot-4, 280 pounds, Jordan is Florida’s highest ranked commitment in the ESPN300. He’s the 103rd overall prospect and No. 8 offensive guard, though he plans to play center for the Gators.
Jordan is ready to prove he belongs at the Under Armour All-America Game in January.
“My goal is to hold my own on the offensive line,” he said. “Just protect the quarterback, make my blocks and show that I can play at the Division 1 level.”
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