Jordan Means, a 6-1, 190-pounder who transferred to Hoover High last fall, has an impressive kicking resume going into his senior season.
As a freshman at Pelham High he made 6-9 field goals with a longest kick of 43 yards. He was 20-21 on PAT kicks.
The following season he was 11-12 on field goals with his longest a 44-yarder. He made 23-24 PAT kicks and added kickoff duties, putting 40-49 into the end zone for touchbacks.
Last season he played four games at Pelham before transferring to Hoover, where he had to sit out under transfer rules. He made 7-11 field goals with a longest of 54 yards. He was 9-9 on PAT tries and kicked off 12 times, all which were touchbacks.
He won the award as the top performer in the 2005 Auburn Kicking Academy and almost repeated this summer. "I got to the finals this year," Means says. "I missed an easy one. It was bad."
Going into his senior year, he has earned a variety of honors including Super All-Metro from The Birmingham News and was an honorable All-State selection as a sophomore. I just got ranked three in the nation by Scout.com," says Means, who is All-Metro in soccer. He was also chosen for the regional and state select soccer all-star teams.
"Auburn is number one for me," says Means, who notes that he is hoping for a scholarship offer from the Tigers. "I would like to visit Georgia, Florida and take a look at Ole Miss because they have a good tradition of kickers there. Jonathan Nichols there was a former Lou Groza Award winner. I may want to visit a program like Texas."
Means says he has a high B average and is interested in majoring in exercise science in college. He notes that he is pumped up about playing for a powerhouse Hoover High team this fall.
"Being preseason ranked number one in the nation, it is exciting," he says. "When I transferred from Pelham, I had an opportunity to go to a lot of different schools. I decided that I wanted to win a state championship and a national championship at Hoover."
Although Means has played wide receiver and running back in football, that is no longer the case. "My ticket to college is kicking and I am going to concentrate on that," he says.
Means adds, "I want to have a great season. Maybe after that happens the offers will start rolling in. I don't have any offers yet, but I am pretty sure Auburn will. They are the school that has been the most loyal and stuck with me the longest--Auburn and Clemson."
Tiger Ticket Extra: Means was in Auburn on Saturday to check out the Tigers as they practiced prior to Fan Day...He says that his longest made field goal in practice is a 67-yarder and that he feels comfortable kicking the ball 6o to 63 yards...Means won the Ray Guy Kicking Camp competitions in 2004 at Augusta, Ga., and 2005 at Hoover. He also won the longest field goal award at Guy's 2005 camp in Hattiesburg, Miss., and was the 2005 Pope/Tiffin Kicking Camp champ.