Should 4-star quarterback Artur Sitkowski get the starting nod for the 2018 football season, he will have the chance to throw to a familiar, reliable (and playmaking) face at High Point Solutions Stadium, as 3-star wide receiver Jalen Jordan has officially made his commitment to Rutgers University.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, the 6’5, the 210-pound receiver took his talents down to Brandenton, FL at the IMG Academy, just like Sitkowski. Like his quarterback, Jordan has molded himself into a phenomenal football player, becoming a high-quality playmaker for IMG, and pretty soon, the Scarlet Knights.
“I chose Rutgers for several reasons,” Jordan told 247 Sports. “But the ones that are most important to me are; One, Great coaching staff with a history of winning; Two, it is a great school with great tradition; Three, it is my favorite conference, the Big Ten; Four, it is close to my hometown of Philly, and I have lots of family in North Jersey, and NYC; Five, It is a program that is on the rise and I feel I can be apart of something special at Rutgers.”
Looking at Jordan’s Hudl.com tape, it is evident to see why Rutgers pursued Jordan as hard as they did. Jordan is a tight end playing wide receiver. His massive frame and 4.45 shuttle speed make him a dangerous player to go up against. He possesses good upper body strength, allowing him to break close coverage against opposing defenders once he gets off the line. His footwork is impeccable at the line, as he is able to confuse players and break ankles on the first cut.
Jordan also has a good sense of awareness when pursuing the ball. He has shown to possess a sixth sense when making a catch while being able to stay within bounds. Jordan plays with a lot of ferocity and attitude. He is aggressive for the jump balls and is not afraid to truck a defender or fight for the extra yardage. His speed makes Jordan a dangerous deep route player, leaving cover corners and safeties far behind as he goes for the score. If one were to make a pro comparison to Jordan, his speed, strength, and attitude on the field resemble that of a younger Dez Bryant.
Depending on who will be starting under center for the Scarlet Knights next year could determine how often Jordan sees the field. If Sitkowski gets the starting nod, his rapport with Jordan could push the wideout to be an opening day starter.
“Continuing my career with Art is an awesome opportunity,” Jordan told 247 Sports. “He’s my best friend and we have a tight bond. He understands me and I understand him. We will continue to encourage, and motivate each other as well as our future teammates at Rutgers. We are looking forward to having a tight brotherhood with our new Rutgers family.”
Overall, Jordan is a great-quality acquisition for the Scarlet Knights. The fact that he was Sitkowski’s favorite receiver back at IMG is just icing on the cake to the amount of talent and potential Jordan brings to Rutgers.
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