I haven't seen this mentioned yet. I read that he he was actually recruited to play TE. During his redshirt freshman year, he was switched to DE. This got me thinking so I did a little digging:
Apparently, he was a star player at WR, TE, and DE. Yes, I know...it's just high school. You have to admit it's still impressive that he was named 1st team in his entire region as a sophmore. That's also the year they won the state championship. I live in Florida, so I'm not familiar with the high school sports scene in Arizona. I don't know how high the level of compeition is. His high school is in division 1, region 5A.
STRENGTHS Hands and Concentration Red Zone Weapon Size
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT Elusiveness with Catch Strength Jordan is a multiple position kind of player at the next level. He plays mainly WR in high school but could turn into a TE or even a DE in college. He has the size to create matchup problems at WR and the speed to do the same as a TE. Not a burner but not slow either. Will make the tough catches over the middle.
Biography: 2006 Stats:54 catches for 804 yards and 13 TDs
2006 Honors: Was named 1st team all region, 5A and all state.
Dion Jordan also one of the state's top performers in the 110 and 300 meter hurdles. He has recorded times of 14.24 and 38.27 in those events respectively.
Jordan missed much of his senior year due to burns sustained in an Oct. 6 accident but is on his way to a complete recovery.Jordan reports a 2.4 core GPA but says he doesn't remember his SAT score. He'll retake the SAT on Jan. 26. "I took it last year," he said. "I don't really remember. I took summer school and am doing better in school. I just want to finish strong and I'll be good. I'm definitely on track to graduate."
Jordan: "I have a good combination of size and speed. I am great at creating mismatches on linebackers and can run down the field and make things happen. I'm pretty exciting on the field.
"I'm just working on my overall knowledge and want to play smarter. I want to keep learning and stay focused."
Chandler head coach Jim Ewan, "The upside to Dion is that he could play three spots, TE, WR or DE. He takes pride in doing all three. I think that he will end up a big WR, who can move into TE when needed."
Regardless, the fact that he has already demonstrated the ability to consistently catch the ball at a high level amongst his peers at the time makes me a little curious. It helps that he's already a physical freak as well.
Ranked in the Top 25 six years (2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
Highest rank: 5 (2006)
Lowest rank: 37 (2005)
Average rank: 18.5
The draft is far from over, but right now our best red zone targets are Hartline and Keller at 6'2". Egnew is 6'5" but has done nothing. Hopefully the light bulb will come on for him because has great physical tools. I'm not holding my breath though. Letting Jordan (who is 6'6 1/2") line up as a red zone target only is pretty tempting.
I'd love to hear from anyone familiar with high school football in Arizona to find out how good the competition is.
EDIT: I thought I'd have an option to select a poll after submitting. Oh well. No poll then.