In this week’s edition of Nick’s Laboratory, we are diving into Layton Jordan (6’3 205 LBs) ATH/WR/FS from McKeesport High School (Mckeesport, PA). Jordan is one of the hottest prospects in not only 5A right now, but the class of 2018 as a whole. The Tigers are coming off of a trip to Heinz Field and the 2016 WPIAL Final last fall, a place they haven’t been since 2005 on their way to their second State Championship. Jordan has spearheaded the reemergence of McKeesport Football and looks to add to that legacy in his senior season. As of today, Jordan is holding offers from Bowling Green, Hampton, and Toledo with several larger Power 5 schools looming in the wings with interest levels from Pitt and Wisconsin wavering on offer status.
Here we take a look at Jordan at FS. FS is a position that he could very well end up growing into at the collegiate level. Jordan has the perfect size/frame at 6’3 to live up to true ATH prospect status coming into next fall wherever he may end up. He will get an equal number of looks on both offense and defense and in this clip we can see how it can end up going either way. Jordan is keying the bubble out of the slot here – the most common pass attachment to the read option. This is one of the better ways to play RPO style offenses, keep your numbers in the box, cut the safety depth, and match the perimeter numbers. Jordan shows great anticipation and eye-discipline to read the QB’s shoulder open up and drive on the bubble. Well executed scheme accompanied by a tone-setting finish on the tackle.
Jordan to the McKeesport Defense is used as what is commonly referred to as the “Hero” at the high school level this is the safety who is most-able to rotate down from a 2 high look into the box to add numbers and general secondary athleticism in tight quarters to rush the passer or hunt down the RB on the give. Jordan shows great burst and acceleration on his way to the QB – forcing the throw to be dumped down into the teeth of a swarming defense.
Another example of excellent secondary play. Jordan makes a great break on a hot slant and is able to get his arm around the receiver to strip the ball on the receiver’s way to the ground. That is play-making pure and simple. Having the wherewithal to go for strips with turnover creation in mind shows great above-the-shoulders ability to accompany the physical attributes.
Here we see Jordan on the offensive side of the ball – showcasing again the natural athleticism which makes him a hot commodity as the 2018 recruiting wars heat up. In this clip we can see Jordan coming to meet the ball over the middle of the field. This is what Mike Tomlin would call a “combat catch” or the ability to go into traffic with strong hands and use body leverage to bring this thing in and then better yet, turn it up the field for additional yardage.
Jordan again showing receiver qualities, the ability to come back to the ball, get under it, and ultimately going up to bring it in amongst traffic – snatching it and getting up field.
Play #6 (Final Clip)
In the final clip of the film study we can see Jordan with the ball in his hands – making plays as a runner in the open field. Jordan has a mean stiff arm which he loves using in space and at the end uses his ability to put the shoulder down and fall forward. This young man has all the potential in the world, I personally can’t wait to see where he ends up and which bigger schools will start to come knocking…and believe me, they will.