SMU has hosted numerous satellite camps across Texas these last few months to meet and workout a few of their in-state recruits. At the Friendswood camp last month, the coaching staff saw some of the most intriguing prospects from the Houston area.
One of them was 6-foot-6, 240-pound defensive end Avery Jordan of Pearland. He hasn't heard much from the Mustang coaching staff since the camp, but Jordan remains interested in joining the program.
"I'm very interested in SMU," he said. "I haven't visited yet, but I enjoyed learning from the coaching staff at their camp. They were really nice and taught us some fundamentals. SMU would definitely be a favorite if they were to offer me, but I'm pretty much interested in any school that is interested in me at this time."
Jordan has not received a lot of attention nationally after missing last season with an injury, but he is a very gifted athlete. After years of being exclusively a basketball player, he is still new to the game of football but feels confident in his abilities.
"I think I can play defensive end in college," he said. "I still play both basketball and football right now, so my biggest strengths are probably my toughness and height. I have an advantage of having really long arms and being explosive off the ball."
Avery is the younger brother of Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, Tampa Bay Rays minor league pitcher Cory Jordan, and Colorado State freshman tight end Brett Jordan. Being in a family of athletes has helped him build a terrific work ethic and attitude that he believes is central to his success.
"Next year, I hope I have an outstanding season and make the playoffs in both sports," he said. "I just want to do my best. All three of my older brothers always tell me to work hard. They said to keep doing what I'm doing and push my self every single day, so I don't ever take any days off."
Jordan also attended a camp at Baylor earlier this spring and expects to attend a few more throughout this summer. His recruitment is expected to pick up after more coaches get a chance to watch him play a full season healthy, so SMU could try and gain an edge by being the first school to offer him.
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