In this installment of the Recruit Notebook, we meet the Canes’ new starting Tight End: TE Brevin Jordan.
Miami has gotten back to the recruiting roots of focusing on South Florida as the foundation of every class. But, the Canes still look to recruit nationally to round out the roster with talented players, and that’s what they did in getting TE Brevin Jordan to join the 2018 recruiting class.
A standout at powerhouse Las Vegas (NV) Bishop Gorman, Jordan is a big, dynamic athlete at the Tight End position. A bit shorter than your prototypical TE, the 6’3” 250lb Jordan has good size and very good athleticism, and can impact that game in a variety of ways.
Jordan first showed up on Bishop Gorman’s varsity team as a sophomore, splitting time between offense and defense. He settled on offense as a junior, ending the year with 27 catches for 501 yards and 9 TDs for the Nevada State Champions. His numbers exploded as a senior, with 63 catches for 1,111 yards and 14 TDs, while adding 9 carries for 53 yards and 3 TDs just for fun.
Jordan’s connection to Miami started when he got an offer from the Canes after his junior year. When he took an unofficial visit to Miami in the spring of 2017, things accelerated quickly for both sides. Jordan committed to Miami shortly thereafter, giving Miami their top target at a position of need.
Like many players in Miami’s 2018 recruiting class, Jordan participated in Nike’s The Opening on team Savage Pro. There, he teamed with QB Jarren Williams, RB Lorenzo Lingard, and WR Mark Pope, among others, and that bond only solidified Jordan’s commitment to Miami.
Though he’s a national recruit, Jordan has been all-in with the Canes throughout this cycle. His mother has even chimed in on twitter about her support for the U, and her pleasure with Brevin’s decision to come to Miami to work with the Canes’ outstanding and nurturing coaching staff.
It’s not often that Miami goes to the West coast (or close, in this case) to recruit players. But, when they do, they invariably get elite talent, and Brevin Jordan fits that bill to a T.
On the 247sports composite, Jordan is a 4-star prospect, the #3 TE in this class, #3 in the State of Nevada, and #62 recruit overall. For a team looking to replace David Njoku and Christopher Herndon IV, Jordan is a sight for sore eyes.
Jordan committed to Miami over a list of 30 other scholarship offers from around the country, including Alabama, Ohio State, UCLA and USC.
Jordan as a Player
Brevin Jordan is everything you want in a Tight End. He’s quick off the ball, and a weapon in the passing game. He’s most comfortable working the middle of the field up the seam, and does a good job to find space against both man and zone defenses.
Jordan is a willing blocker in the run game, but needs to develop more consistency there. He will need to add strength at the college level to be better able to block P5 DEs (but he won’t likely be asked to do that on a 1-on-1 basis).
There were times that Bishop Gorman split Jordan out as a wide receiver, and that could continue in college. Jordan has a similar skillset to Christopher Herndon IV, so it stands to reason that Jordan could be moved around as Herndon IV was in his Miami career, with snaps being available at FB, H-Back, Tight End, and Slot Receiver (and even wide receiver, but that’s doubtful with Miami’s depth and talent on the outside).
- Pass catching
- Ability to play multiple positions (FB, H-Back, TE, Slot)
- Speed relative to comparable players (LBs who would cover him)
- Strength vs similar or larger players
- Physique (a bit of baby fat, will need to rework his body a bit in college, but that shouldn’t be hard for an athlete of Jordan’s caliber)
Miami has lost 2 incredibly talented TEs off the roster in the past 2 years with David Njoku going to the NFL after the 2016 season, and Christopher Herndon IV going to the league after his senior season in 2017. Add in a couple recruiting misses in recent years, and the transfer of Jovani Haskins before the 2017 season, and Miami needs impact players at Tight End badly.
Lucky for them, Jordan is a dynamic athlete who can be used in a number of ways on offense. He’s one of the best TEs in the 2018 recruiting class, and if he were 2 inches taller, he’d be ranked #1 at his position. Even still, this is an elite national talent, and Miami will put his prodigious talents to good use in 2018.
Chances for a redshirt: 0/10
I’ve said this about a couple other players in this class, but Jordan is simply too good to stay on the sidelines for Miami. When you add in the dearth of talent at the TE position, and Jordan playing, and playing A LOT, in 2018 is a virtual certainty.
That’s it for this installment of the Recruit Notebook.