Gridiron Football Top 300: Jordan Matthews

Who is 5-star Jordan Matthews? Size, strength, speed, and skills are what define Jordan on the football field. While off the field, he is a student of the game. Jordan has all the tools to be the next elite corner out of Baton Rouge. Jordan was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Growing up in a household full of athletes, Jordan was drawn to the world of sports at an early age. As one of three siblings, he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his talented family members. His father played football for Louisiana State University as well as Southern back in the 90s. Jordan’s older brother, Joshua, is currently playing as a starting receiver for McNeese State and his younger sister, Lauryn, is 9th grade varsity volleyball starter at University High.

Jordan played basketball as a child, however at the age of seven he fell in love with the game of football. He says that he feels most confident while playing the game of football. Over the years, Jordan has played for the Baton Rouge Raiders, Scotlandville hornets, and South Baton Rouge Rams. He is currently playing for the Woodlawn Panthers, located in Baton Rouge, LA. He puts effort in his studies as well, and has managed to maintain a 4.4 GPA in honors level classes.

His head coach, Marcus Randall said, “Jordan has all the tools and intangibles to be an elite college athlete. Whichever college signs Jordan will receive a hard worker, team player, and a student of the game.”

Ranking as a 5-star cornerback by Gridiron Football, 16-year-old Matthews has gotten many college offers from all across the country. He has 30 total offers so far (eight of the 30 are from SEC schools including LSU, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi State, and Tennessee). Jordan says what he is looking for in a program is a good coaching staff and direction that will shape him for the professional world (on and off the field). While he has not yet committed to one, he definitely is looking for the school where he feels he can grow the most. Many of the schools that have offered him so far fit what Jordan is looking for in a program, and he is committed to continuing to grow as an athlete as he works through the recruiting process. Going into college he wants to major in business in hopes of owning his own business.

When asked about how football has shaped him he responded, “The game of football has not only impacted me as an athlete but as a person both on and off the field. My dad is my number one supporter. Ever since I was born, he has set a great example for me both as a young man and as an athlete.”

Throughout Jordan’s time in football, he has learned what it means to be a teammate, a leader, and someone you can rely on. Jordan wants to be a role model for younger kids. Some advice he wants younger kids who want to play football to know is, “Listen to the people who you trust and have your back. Don’t let anything stop you from your end goal, stay true to yourself, and just work hard.”

This offseason, Jordan is playing 7 on 7 with F3 elite squad, Team Juice. He is also running track for Woodlawn. He is competing in the open 200, 4×100 relay, 4x2oo meter relay, 4×400 meter relay. However, coach Douglas put him in the 100 meter dash for the first time at last weeks track meet and Jordan ran a 10.9 into the wind. We will be doing a follow up article within the next month following the LHSAA State Track meet.

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