When it comes to naming a child, it’s the parents that usually have the big deciding factor. In the case of Lil’Jordan Humphrey, the final decision was made by his older brother.
“My brother just wanted to name me Lil’Jordan, and I guess my mom was OK with him,” Humphrey told BadgerNation. “We’re all pretty close.”
And also very competitive. The youngest of three brothers, Humphrey said that the constant rivalry with one brother a year older and another nine years his elder started developing his drive.
“There’s always competition,” said Humphrey. “I always wanted to be better than them. They were always more physically stronger. That was the mental part of it, but competing against them made me a lot better.”
While his older brothers were a big influence growing up, former Wisconsin defensive back Jay Valai has had a big part in Humphrey’s development since the 6-4, 200-pound senior starting playing football for Southlake (TX) Carroll. Working out at Valai’s training facility, Humphrey has seen huge jumps in both preparing for high school football and the upcoming college recruiting process.
“I’ve known him for two years and have been working with him for two years,” said Humphrey. “He’s been real helpful to me with what I should be looking for in a college. He’s really helped me with my mobility and get a faster first step so I can just take off.”
With the amount of impact Valai has had on Humphrey, it made the senior excited when Wisconsin offered him a scholarship. Being recruited by wide receivers coach Ted Gilmore, Humphreys was pleased when the offer finally came through in early June.
“I talked to Coach Gilmore for a couple weeks prior, and I figured they were going to offer me because he said he really liked me,” said Humphrey. “I really like the school. From what I have heard, it’s a good football school for sure. I’ve heard that’s good for academics and it’s one of the top schools in the country for both football and academics. I’ve heard the campus is amazing.”
Ranked a four-star prospect and the No.20 athlete in the country by Scout.com, Humphrey said the Badgers are recruiting him at receiver. Other schools are recruiting him at tight end, running back or even defense.
As a junior, Humphrey finished with over 1,800 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns playing primarily at tailback.
“I am thinking of staying on the offensive side of the ball, maybe running back or receiver, but I’m not sure,” said Humphrey, who is also rated the No.284 overall prospect by Scout. “It’ll take some time getting use to receiver, playing against other players at a high level that have been playing that position the majority of their lives. I’ll have to really work on what to do and the secrets to the position.”
In addition to Wisconsin, Humphrey said California, Colorado, Texas and Texas Tech have been recruiting him the hardest. He hasn’t visited any schools during the spring but hopes to visit California, Washington and Wisconsin in the near future.
“I want take a good look at the cities, making sure it’s a place I can feel at home at while I’m not at home,” said Humphrey.