On August 2, 2018, Jordan Jakes announced he will be continuing his academic and athletic career in Bloomington with the Indiana Hoosiers. As most athletes these days do, Jakes took to Twitter to announce this decision:
The first picture is a note written by Jordan which reads, “It’s been a long road since I left [Georgia] and went to Baltimore but I’m not going to get into all that I want to make this short and say that I will be a Hoosier at Indiana University.”
It certainly has been a long road for Jakes, who moved from Georgia to Baltimore and was forced to deal with a complete change of scenery. The transition impacted not only his personal life, but his life on the football field as well. However, Jakes has enjoyed the change that the move to a big-time school like St. Frances has brought him. “I came to Baltimore to play for St. Frances last month, June 10th…I like the freedom that I have here. It gets me ready for college but was easy for me to get adjusted.”
To give some background on Jakes, he’s the 22nd overall recruit in the state of Maryland and ranks as the 120th best receiver overall. Jordan is a 3-star, but he hopes to change that and more during his senior year season. “My goal this year is to get to a 4-star and get St. Frances back to the Geico Bowl.”
Additionally, Jakes seems to have a knack for making tough catches look easy and can find holes effortlessly in traffic. If you want more, his film speaks for himself.
Jakes with Indiana
Now that Jakes has made his decision about where to play in the future, he can allow his attention to shift to other things. For example, his senior year season and preparing himself for his freshman year at Indiana.
Hopefully, though, Jordan won’t have too much work to do in preparation. “Indiana loves to throw the ball so I can see myself fitting into an offense like that,” Jordan told me back in July. “I feel like I would be on the outside X or Y, and the coaches thought so too.” If that’s true, Jordan shouldn’t have too much of an issue fitting in at Indiana. It’s always a good sign when a coach and player are on the same page like head coach Tom Allen and Jakes seem to be.
Indiana is getting a good one in Jordan Jakes, who describes his “length [and] versatility” as two things which set him apart from other wide receivers in his class. Furthermore, he said “I’ve been through a lot, and mentally, I’m stronger than a lot of people my age” which is very telling. His maturity will undoubtedly play a positive role in his future.
I interviewed Jakes back in early July after he announced Indiana was in his top three. At the end of the interview, I gave Jakes the opportunity to share something with me that he’d like all Indiana fans to know about him. His response?
“I’m really cool to hang around when you get to know me. I’m kinda goofy too.”
I included that at the end of the article with that interview and wrote “Sounds like a future Hoosier to me.”
So Jordan, it’s nearly a month later and I have two things to say to you:
- I told you so
- Welcome home.