NAME: Vince Jordan
HOMETOWN: Mt. Gilead, North Carolina
HIGH SCHOOL: West Montgomery
NOTES: Jordan might be pound-for-pound the state's top athlete. On January 27th, he attended the 2007 PrepStar Magazine Elite Football Combine that was held in Charlotte, North Carolina. Event officials measured athletes before the players participated in the drills all combines feature: bench press (185 pounds), vertical jump, pro shuttle, and 40-yard dash (string-timed).
Jordan, who checked in at 5-foot-10.5 and 200 pounds, completed 25 reps of 185 pounds on the bench, posted a 37-inch vertical jump, ripped off 4.00 and 4.01 times in the pro shuttle, and ran a 4.34 40-yard dash. Out of the 120+ participants, Jordan finished first in every category except the 40, where his 4.34 was the second-best mark at the event.
Jordan followed that up with a strong performance at the Rockingham Shrine Bowl Combine. He checked in at 5'9.5 and 197 pounds and tallied 24 reps on the bench. He also ripped off a 35.9-inch vertical jump and a 4.06 pro shuttle to go along with his 4.35 40-yard dash time.
"I think I did alright," said Jordan. "There were a few things I could improve on... probably bench and I still want to work on my 40 and vertical."
West Montgomery finished 2006 7-6 overall and 4-2 in the 1-A Yadkin Valley Conference. The conference featured several standout players, including Thomasville senior tailback Quan Warley and junior quarterback E.J. Abrams-Ward and Jordan-Matthews junior defensive tackle Anthony Garner. Jordan was right up there with them as he finished runner-up for Player of the Year to Warley while garnering all-conference and all-area honors.
Offensively, he totaled 167 carries for 1,269 yards with 15 touchdowns. Seven of his touchdown runs were longer than 33 yards, and he added two kickoff returns for scores. Defensively, Jordan tallied 115 tackles with 20 tackles for a loss, four sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Jordan's recruitment is starting to pick up. He attended NC State's Junior Day and recently visited Auburn on back-to-back weekends courtesy of his family's private jet. What does he think of the Wolfpack?
"A lot of my family members went to State, and my parents donate a lot to State," he said. "My uncle is the head wrestling coach at State. He's proud of me, and he said it's not going to be easy going there just because of the family connections... which of course I understand.
"Jordan might be pound-for-pound
the state's top athlete."
"The facility State has is really nice, and they have a lot of new equipment since they just finished it," Jordan added. "They have some new coaches and they are trying to get situated. They talked a lot about what they are going to do next year and how they are trying to keep the same schedule that they did at Boston College. I'd like to see what O'Brien does."
Auburn, a power program in the SEC, also caught Jordan's attention.
"I liked it when I went out there," he said. "Auburn was impressive. Obviously their main facility isn't as nice as State's, but their stadium is huge."
An unofficial visit to Florida is on the schedule, and Jordan intends on camping at all three schools and Wake Forest. NC State is recruiting him to play safety, and Auburn is looking at him as a halfback. Currently the Wolfpack and Tigers maintain an advantage.
"It's kind of hard between State and Auburn right now," said Jordan. "With the way Auburn did last year, beating Florida and LSU... I'd like to see what State does next year before I decide."
COACH QUOTE: "All of his numbers are legit, but he's a football player. His thing is he's so damn quick, and he plays so hard. He can run sideline-to-sideline, and when he gets there he's going to lay a hit on you.
"Vince means a lot to our football team. He's a special athlete that you very seldom get. This only happens every once and a while, and I'm so lucky that it has happened to us." -- West Montgomery head coach Elbert Thomas
SCOUTING REPORT: "West Montgomery star Vince Jordan has already made a name for himself at two early combines in 2007. At 5-10, 197 pounds, Jordan has all the physical numbers you're looking for. He's been timed below 4.4-seconds and his vertical jump and bench press are solid as well.
"Jordan doubles as a running back/linebacker in high school. On offense, he's more of a straight line runner with good acceleration and great top end speed. He also shows toughness and is a load to bring down. However, he likely projects on defense in college. Jordan has good awareness and reacts well. His best attribute is his speed and he pursues to the ball with a purpose.
"Safety may be a likely destination so showing that he can get out in coverage may be key for him earning offers this year." -- Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams
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