Jordon Vaden filled a Jack of all trades role as a junior last fall, playing wide receiver, running back and returning kicks. His versatility and athleticism earned an offer from Colorado State late last months and he's hearing from a lot of other schools, including Colorado.
"I've been getting more mail from the schools that have been recruiting me," Vaden said. "So I think the schools are really starting to gain interest."
Vaden visited Fort Collins after CSU coaches informed his high school coach that he officially had an offer from the Rams. He spent time on the CSU campus getting to know players and coaches and says he likes the program, but he has decided to take the recruiting process slow to see what other options he might have.
"I have them on my leaderboard because of them being the first school to offer," Vaden said of the Rams. "I'm trying to show loyalty to them because they have shown the most interest, but I'm going to take the whole process slow and see what comes in and just take my time and make the best decision for me."
Vaden said he is definitely interested in the Buffs as well, but he is only receiving mail from CU coaches and isn't talking with coaches in Boulder.
"Growing up in Colorado, it's CU and CSU," Vaden said. "Those are the two top Division I schools. So there is no doubt I would have interest in going to CU."
Vaden earned first team all-conference at wide receiver and kick returner last fall and third-team all-state. He finished with 1,500 all-purpose yards (500 receiving,300 rushing and 700 return yards) while playing in a pro-style offense.
Vaden said football won't be the only factor in his decision.
"Number one is education," he said. "I have to get an education so when I get out of school I can do something past football. But after that, just having a family oriented coaching staff who will help me deelop as a person. That's the biggest thing in our household being a Christian household is what we have to have. And an honest coaching staff. I really think if you're a talented kid and you want to go to the next level after college, you will be able to be found whether you go to Alabama or you go to Idaho, but you may not be able to do that if you go to Alabama and the coaching staff is not honest with you. So I really want honesty."
Vaden has a 3.0 GPA and recently took the ACT. He also played point guard for his high school basketball team this winter. He led the team in assists but was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. He has even heard from some small Division II schools about playing basketball in college, but he says his future is on the gridiron.
Vaden is well traveled. With a father who works for an airline allowing make a lot of trips while growing up. He says he has no problem with the idea of leaving the state for college.
"I've been the type of kid who has been blessed enough to travel to many parts of the country and I've never felt uncomfortable leaving home," Vaden said. "It's never been really a big deal. Most of it is just how comfortable I feel at the school."