One of the exciting parts of the NIKE Camps is unearthing a sleeper or a player we didn't know a lot about prior to the camp. One such player was Chandler (Ariz.) defensive lineman Cameron Jordan who should become a household name to both scouts and college coaches alike in the next few months.
Jordan made the road trip to one of the Nike combines in Los Angeles last month and improved on every one of his testing marks on Saturday. We're not big fans of making too much out of how a player looks since we've seen so many players in the past who pass the 'eye ball test' but can't play a lick. Saying that, Jordan definitely looked the part on Saturday and then went out and played even better during the position and one on one drills.
At a rock solid 6-3, 250 pounds, Jordan clocked a 5.14 in the 40, jumped 26 inches in the vertical and did 25 reps on the bench. He looks physically mature right now and although he currently plays defensive end, it wouldn't surprise us if he grows into a defensive tackle in college.
"He was the top DL of the day for me," NIKE lead line coach Marty Spaulding said. "He's a big, beautiful athlete with size, quickness and no one could block him all day."
Jordan, the son of former Minnesota Vikings tight end Steve Jordan, played mostly offensive line a year ago but he looks like a natural on the defensive side of the ball.
"He was the best OL in our region last year but he'll be a defensive lineman in college," Chandler coach Jim Ewan said. "He has great feet and is very athletic. He can really run and having a father who played in the NFL for 13 years has obviously helped because Cameron is a smart player and really understands the game."
On the recruiting front, Jordan is still waiting for his first offer and said he has four schools at the top of his list.
"I like Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona State and Arizona," Jordan said. "It's still early so I'm not worried that no one has offered yet. I think they'll come later on and I'm pretty open right now anyway and don't plan on making an early commitment anywhere so it's not a big deal."