RECRUITING: Oviedo Linebacker Sees Stock Rising

When the Oviedo Lions begin their quest for what they hope will be a deep run in the 2005 high school football playoffs, you can expect to hear the name Jordan Dalrymple mentioned quite often. He is a linebacker/fullback for the Lions although his future in college football will most certainly be on the defensive side of the football.

Dalrymple is a 6-1, 217-pound model of consistency for Coach Greg Register's Lions, coming off a very disappointing 1-8 season. That kind of year is highly unusual for Oviedo, which is accustomed to being one of the top teams in the Orlando area. Dalrymple is one of several excellent prospects for the Lions.

Dalrymple's father and uncle both played college football in the south so he's well aware of what it takes to prepare for the leap to the next level. He's prepared academically, doing well in all classes and excelling in history. To get ready for football, he's working out very hard to be in the best shape of his life. He says he's not the only one taking that approach. He's excited that the entire team is determined to make amends for last season.

"We are working hard in the weight room and outside the weight room with our grades," Dalrymple said. "I think this is going to be a real good year this year."

Dalrymple enjoys playing both linebacker and fullback but it's on defense that he really stands out. Oviedo has all the tools to be a much improved defensive team in 2005.

"Basically our whole defensive line and I are coming back for our third year," he said. "The defensive backs are big and quick."

Jordan is already receiving letters from colleges across the country including the likes of bowl teams like Alabama, Georgia Tech, and Northern Illinois. Growing up in Orlando, he found himself cheering for a couple of teams from out of state.

"Growing up, I liked Tennessee and Georgia Southern," he said, noting that "I just always liked the school and the area" when it comes to Tennessee.

It is early in the recruiting process so at this point, Dalrymple doesn't have favorites. He's opened his mind to look fairly at everyone who contacts him and he's still formulating a list of what's most important to determine which school will land his signature next February on National Signing Day.

"I'm not sure right now," he said about the main criteria for the big decision. "I am looking for a good education, and I want to play early".

He wants the college education and the chance to play football, but when those days are over, he's already got a clearcut idea of what he wants to do.

"I want to be a fire fighter when I get older," he said.

Jordan Dalrymple will get a chance to move up the recruiting ladders in both the offseason and next fall. He is receiving an increased amount of attention from Division I schools so he's definitely a player to watch.

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