Nothing Slye about Franklin athlete

Jordan Slye is a 6-5, 200-pound athlete from Seattle (Wash.) Franklin and while Isaiah Stanback may be getting the publicity befitting a top quarterback, the coaches at the University of Washington had their eye on another local signal-caller during this year's recruiting process, a signal caller that had actually bested Isaiah head-to-head when the two were juniors. Slye may be his name, but there's nothing sly about the way he plays ball.

"I got hurt, I didn't play that much, so people really didn't know who I was and never got a chance to see me," Jordan told Dawgman.com yesterday. "As the season progressed, other players were doing their own thing and making a name for themselves and I didn't get a chance to do that."

But Slye did make a name for himself when Franklin stunned Garfield 31-30 back on November 3rd, 2000. Jordan didn't upend Stanback on the stat chart, but he did show the guts and determination you find in leaders when he threw two touchdown passes to give the Quakers a fourth- quarter lead and then blocked a field-goal attempt by the Bulldogs on the final play of the game.

"I think for any athlete whose heart is really into the game it's hard," he said when asked about having to sit on the sidelines this year. "It's hard knowing that you could be doing certain things in the game. You see things open but you can't get to 'em. And it's even harder just to watch. That was another part of my development, to be able to sit out and watch the game and learn. Another aspect of the game is coaching. It was hard on me to see my teammates fall game after game. We lost a lot of close games. I think I could have taken the pressure off of other people so that they wouldn't feel like they had to make plays every time the ball is hiked. They don't feel like they have to go that extra mile all the time."

But now that his leg is healed, Jordan is back to going 100 percent all the time. "In December I got cleared to go full speed on my recovery (broken leg)," he said. "I've been lifting weights after school. I've also been doing yoga. It's a stretching class. It gets you stronger and it focuses on stretching every part of your body so you get flexible."

Even though his senior year was disappointing, it didn't stop colleges from coming around and offering scholarships. "I got my first offer from U-Dub (Washington) at the end of the school year last year," he said. Portland State, Nevada, Washington State and Idaho were Jordan's other confirmed offers.

Before he broke his leg, there was serious interest from national powers Michigan and Nebraska as well. "There was a lot of interest in me and then I broke my foot and their interest dwindled out," he said. "It was disappointing to see Nebraska's interest go away because I've always been a big fan of them and the option attack. I've been a big fan of Tommie Frazier since I was little. It's incredible what they can do with one play."

Slye gave us some insight as to why he made the decision to verbally commit to the home-town school. "That was my first visit and that's where I found out it was the place for me," he said. "When I went on the recruiting trip I had never been on one before. We had so much fun. They showed me around and showed me the love. Even though I still was hurt they still wanted me. And for me, it made me feel good as a person because everyone knew who I was."

And the highlights? "I think the thing I'll remember the most is waking up early on Sunday," he said with a smile. "REALLY early. And we went to Coach Neuheisel's house. And the parents are like, 'This is so beautiful', and all the recruits were so dog-tired. And the other thing was when we got to see our jerseys and all the recruits put on their jerseys and went down to the field and it was at night and they had the lights on and everything else...I liked that. That was my favorite part."

If you think it was an easy decision for Jordan to be a Dawg, you would be right. In fact, his decision stemmed from a conversation that occurred over 6 years ago.

"Well, we went down to the Holiday Bowl in 1996," said Jordan. "My Dad (Joe) coached Corey Dillon in high school, so we went to watch him play. I saw Coach (Jim) Lambright on the sidelines and I said, 'Hey coach! Save me a scholarship.'"

Well, Rick Neuheisel honored that request and it was a match made in Montlake.




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