Matt Visinsky

SMU Football Top 30 Player Profile, No. 24 Jordan Wyatt

Billy breaks down Pony Stampede's No. 24 player in our top 30 countdown with defensive back Jordan Wyatt.

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Size: 6-0, 192
Year: RS-Soph.
High School: Wylie East HS
Hometown: Wylie, Tex.

Recruitment

In the 2014 class, Jordan Wyatt was the No. 28 ranked cornerback in Texas and the No. 155 overall cornerback. A two-star prospect, Wyatt decided to stay close to home and pursue a quality education by committing to SMU in early June before his senior year. Wyatt committed to SMU's defensive coordinator Tom Mason at the time and held offers from Iowa State, Air Force and Navy. Wyatt was the 13-4A District Defensive Player of the Year in his senior year.

2015 Recap

If there was a bright spot in SMU's secondary last year, Wyatt provided some glimpses of future success in the East Carolina game, when he had two interceptions. Wyatt also had four passes defended on the year and had 30 tackles on the year, playing in 11 games. Wyatt struggled at times in pass coverage, but was doing so from the field safety spot. Wyatt was clearly playing out of position and struggled with angles and making the right decisions on the back end of things.

This spring, the SMU staff moved him up to corner, where he'll have a much better opportunity to succeed with his speed. Wyatt can run with most anyone when matched up 1-on-1, but from the safety position, he struggled in that role. 

Outlook in 2016

It seems like Wyatt has found a spot at cornerback and with a summer of development under his belt and Jesse Montgomery moving on, I'd imagine he'll push for a starting job. William Jeanlys and a host of freshmen would be his greatest competition there, but if Wyatt can prove serviceable, he'll find himself on the field. Even with 11 starts, he's still a relatively young player that is getting used to a new position now.

Expectations for Wyatt depend on how much he plays really. Wyatt showed flashes of play-making ability last year and has a nose for the ball, but he's got to get better in run support. That was a big reason why he was moved and while he's not going to be relied as much on that at corner, he's got to make tackles and cut down runners for shorter gains. His coverage is his strength, but tackling and pursuit of the ball has to get better for Wyatt to have a breakout year.


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