Last week, 3-star recruit Jordan Jakes announced his top 3: Indiana, Michigan and Virginia. This week, I had the pleasure of sitting down (virtually) with him to talk about his recruitment thus far and to help Hoosier fans get to know their potential target a little bit better.
Rundown on Jordan
Jakes is a 3-star wide receiver from St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, Md. 247Sports puts Jakes at the 1,058th best player nationally. More encouraging, though, is that he’s their No. 117 wideout nationally and the 21st ranked player in Maryland. Jakes seems to have a knack for making tough catches look easy and can find holes effortlessly in traffic.
Catching in traffic and making unreal grabs? His talent made a whole lot more sense once I asked which NFL player he’d compare himself to. Jakes said, “Julio Jones and Mike Evans are my favorite players, and I like to base my style off of them.”
A Julio Jones/Mike Evans hybrid in Bloomington? I like the sound of that. For more general background information on Jordan Jakes, check out my story here.
Jakes in His Words
Making those highlight-reel level catches requires an incredible amount of adjustments to be made while route running and in the air. Adjustments, however, are not unusual for Jordan. He grew up in Atlanta, Ga., but recently moved to Baltimore. “I came to Baltimore to play for St. Francis 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.”
While adjustments aren’t uncommon for Jakes, some things always remain the same. Jordan has worn #17 since his freshman year. “[The] number 17 came to me in a dream before I chose it my freshman year. It was the only number available when I came in the next day,” said Jakes.
For all the success he’s endured while playing the game, he’s never forgotten where he’s come from. “My favorite memory is when I caught my first touchdown the first year I started playing football in 6th grade,” Jakes said. It’s been a long time coming for Jordan. He started somewhat late in 6th grade but never looked back. “I’ve been through a lot, and mentally, I’m stronger than a lot of people my age.”
In my brief conversation with Jordan, I could tell this was true. He was candid, welcoming and nothing but honest with me throughout our entire interaction. People like this don’t grow on trees. It was when I asked Jordan who his biggest influence was that I could tell even further what a stand-up individual he was. “My dad and my mom are my biggest influence,” Jordan told me. “They work so hard and push through hard situations.”
Obviously, Jordan has learned from their ability to push through and overcome. This was apparent when I questioned him about his goals – not only for this season – but for his time in college as well.
Jakes didn’t hold back.
“My goal this year is to get to a 4-star and get St. Francis back to the Geico Bowl.” As for college, Jordan didn’t hesitate. “I want to be a true freshman and an All-American,” Jakes told me. “Also, set a record at [whichever school he commits to].”
Well, if that school is Indiana, that doesn’t sound too bad to me either, Jordan.
Whether or not Indiana will land Jordan Jakes remains to be seen. With the three options on the table, it’d be hard for him to make a wrong decision. That being said, Jordan had nothing but positives to say about Bloomington. “Indiana loves to throw the ball so I can see myself fitting into an offense like that,” Jordan told me. “I feel like I would be on the outside X or Y, and the couches thought so too.” A coach and player being on the same page is always a good sign. Additionally, in relation to what Jakes liked about Indiana, he added, “The campus was beautiful and the business schools.”
I’d certainly love to see Jordan join the already strong 2019 recruiting class, but regardless of his decision, Hoosier fans wish him nothing but the best in his future.
Additionally, I’ll include a quick transcript of other things that just might help you to get to know Jordan a bit more (his answers are in bold).
What sets you apart from other wide receivers? “My length and my versatility.”
Any idea what you might like to study? “I want to major in business or criminal justice”
Favorite musical artist? “Bryson Tiller”
Favorite football team? “Saints”
Favorite movie? “Menace 2 Society”
What’s something you want your future school’s fans to know about you? “I’m really cool to hang around when you get to know me. I’m kinda goofy too.”
Sounds like a future Hoosier to me.