Black Commits to the Blue

Jordan Black from Alta High School committed to BYU Wednesday immediately upon receiving a written offer during a meeting with BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall. TBS caught up with Black to learn more about him and his commitment to BYU.

"It's always been my dream to play for BYU," said Jordan Black. "To me BYU is the best program in the country, so I didn't care about waiting around for other offers. I just want to go to BYU; it's my dream school."

Jordan Black is a 6-foot-7-inch, 245-pound offensive line recruit from Alta High School in Sandy, Utah. Black has become very familiar with BYU over the years while attending camps, Junior Days and other functions.

"I've been down there a lot and I've come to know the coaching staff there very well," said Black. "I really like Coach Weber. I think he's a great coach and he's one of the biggest reasons why I committed to BYU."

While attending BYU camps and other functions, Black was instilled with a desire to play for BYU, which is ironic considering the allegiances of his family and of himself as a child.

"My family [are] huge Ute fans and so was I growing up," acknowledged Black. "Now I'm going to try to make them BYU fans. We'll just have to see how that works out."

So why the switch of allegiances for Black, and when did that switch take place?

"I don't know exactly when, but I've liked BYU for a while now," answered Black. "I love what BYU stands for and I love their coaching staff. Just getting to know their coaching staff and feeling comfortable with them was one of the biggest reasons I committed to them when they offered."

Black attended BYU's most recent Junior Day, where his resolve to commit to BYU was only strengthened.

"I really like how they emphasize personal growth and faith first and then football at BYU," said Black. "Playing football is obviously important, but I love how Coach Mendenhall and his staff emphasize the other things other than football. That is what makes BYU the best program in the country in my opinion."

Quarterback coach Brandon Doman has been the one that has handled most of Black's recruiting, and he stands as just another reason why Black committed to the Cougars.

"Coach Doman makes you feel comfortable and like they really want you there," related Black. "I've really come to like and respect all the coaches at BYU, but especially Coach Doman, Coach Weber and Coach Mendenhall. They're all great men and the best coaches I could hope to play for."

Black has noticed the work Coach Weber has done with Matt Reynolds recently, and points to Reynolds as the player he'd like to emulate while at BYU.

"Just watching what Matt Reynolds did so early makes me want to be like that," said Black. "He's big and I think we're sort of alike in build and how we play, so if I could be like Matt Reynolds and play like he does, then that is my goal. He's probably the player I admire most at BYU right now."

Black is LDS, but doesn't have definite mission plans at this time. At 6 feet 7 inches, he uses his superior stature to his advantage while excelling at sports such as basketball, which makes him similar to another Alta High School prospect that committed to BYU in Braden Hansen.

"I knew Braden a bit and yeah, he's very good," said Black. "He's tall like me, and what I try to do is just use my height to my advantage when blocking, using my wingspan to keep blockers away from the quarterback, and other things."

Now that he's committed to BYU, Black couldn't be happier with his decision regardless of what other programs may have offered him or the amount of offers he may have received.

"I consider it a great honor and privilege to be offered by BYU," said Black. "BYU is the best program I could ever hope to play for, so when they offered me I didn't even have to think about it. It's been my dream to play for BYU, so I'll now have that opportunity. I couldn't be more happy with my decision."


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