It's rare to find elite-level prep athletes who combine both sub 4.5 40-yard dash speed with the intelligence and will to come to a place like Annapolis, but Jordan Sartor is proof they do exist. Speaking to GoMids is a recent interview, the Our Lady of Mercy (GA) receiver expressed how excited he is about his recent commitment to play football in Annapolis.
"It feels great to be a future Midshipmen," said Sartor. "I love the opportunity. It's something I just get excited about everyday – it's just something that grows in me and in my heart."
"I remember the day I committed. I was in coach Niumatalolo's office, and it was really a no-brainer," continued the 6-foot, 175-pound speedster. "I have this firm belief that the Naval Academy may not be for everybody, but the people it is for are my future brothers. It sells itself. When you go there and you see the campus, see the water – when you learn about the opportunities – it sells itself."
An impressive athlete both on film and in the testing department, Sartor ran a Scout.com combine verified 40-yard dash in 4.44 seconds, and owns a 4.34 shuttle time. But the number he most wants to talk about is 3.65. That's his GPA, and as a member of his school's chapter of the National Honor Society, it's clear that academics played a defining role in where he would end up.
"Navy was the first school to contact me as far as recruiting, but I knew with my gifts playing sports that I still wanted to go somewhere that was academically reputable," said Sartor, who added, "I knew I wanted to be recruited (by schools) that had an academic background and offered a strong degree."
That degree originally led Sartor to consider Georgia Tech and Air Force in addition to Navy. Pursued by both Georgia Tech's football and track coaching staffs as well as the Air Force coaching staff, Sartor thought he made the right college choice last summer when he committed to play for the Falcons. But after stepping back and examining the other options available to him, he realized another service academy was calling his name.
"As it came down to it and I did more research I realized I had made an impulsive decision," Sartor explained.
As for why Navy was the better fit for him? He credits the relationship known as "The Brotherhood" between Navy's players, as well as the location of the school and the service options available for him after graduation.
"I just enjoyed the guys a little more," Sartor said. "Also the location. Annapolis, Maryland, is somewhere I definitely want to be. It's a nice city surrounded by other colleges, and the Navy, for me, as far as the services, is the most diverse."
‘Service' is a word Sartor uses a lot. It's a hallmark he's been raised to embrace by his father, a current Sergeant Major in the United States Army. While he said his family never pressured him into considering a future in the military, he maintained the call to join the Armed Forces is "in my blood," and looks forward to the options available after graduation.
"If I went to a normal college I was definitely thinking about going the officer route," Sartor said. "One thing about the Navy is surface warfare. I like the opportunity to get on a ship and defend the country and also see the world."
An aspiring economics major, Sartor went on to say that he's also "thinking about corporate finance after the Navy, so one job in the Navy that definitely interests me is in the supply corps."
In addition to his football talents, Sartor has also built a reputation as one of Georgia's elite track athletes. Competing at the Westlake Lions Showcase this past weekend, he ran the 100 meters in 11.17 seconds, good for second place. Owning a personal best 10.99 in the 100 meters, Sartor's bread-and-butter event is actually the 200, where a time of 21.75 seconds was good for first-place last May at the Georgia Olympics. He's already signed up to compete in track at Navy, although he's adamant that football will come first.
"Football definitely has priority due to the level of football we're playing and the time and conditioning of spring football, but I feel like playing football helps me with running track and running track helps me with playing football," Sartor said.
"Football is my first love but track is my second, so I'm happy to run track," he added.
Thanks to the option offense he played in at Mercy, Sartor may already have a head start on other direct-entry recruits coming to Annapolis this summer.
"It's different terminology, but the same concepts which I learned in high school," he explained when comparing his high school offense to the one run at Navy.
"I know one of my biggest jobs is to get out to the perimeter to set that perimeter for the running backs," Sartor added. "If they're in the endzone scoring and we're winning I'm happy."
Sartor's well aware of the uphill challenge of playing early at the Academy, but he's undeterred. Saying he wants to be travel with the team to Dublin, Ireland, to open the season against Notre Dame, he's making a point to go into summer practice with a ‘why not?' attitude.
"In my mind I've got to go to practice and go to weight training everyday, so I can go with the effort to start or I can go with the effort of just being mediocre. I feel like if I have the opportunity I'm going to work hard to get in the mix early."
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