Jordell Baise was a standout athlete in our most recent gridiron Football Elite Camps this past weekend in Eunice, LA hosted at the St. Edmunds Football Field. Jordell posted a 5.44 40 yard dash at 6’2″ 240 lbs. He also recorded a 7’3″ long jump as well as a 5.22 in the shuttle. Jordell plays Offensive and Defensive line for the Belaire High School Bengals. Jordell uses his size and tenacity to make blocks for his running backs in the run game as well as the passing game. With the speed Jordell creates in a frame as large as his, he is a class of 2026 player for all coaches and scouts to keep their eyes on in the coming years. I got the chance to speak with Jordell and hear his beliefs about the game, and some of his career accolades.
When did you start playing football and why did you start playing?
“I started playing football when I was 6 just to be in shape and do physical activity but then I started to fall in love with the competition.”
What aspect of the game made you fall in love with the sport?
“I started to fall in love with the competition football gave me. I loved the competition but being a part of a team was something I also really enjoyed about the sport. I also like the adrenaline rush I get in game.”
Do you play any other sports?
“I also play power forward for our basketball team.”
Who do you look up to as a role model?
“I look up to all of my coaches, my grandpa, my dad, and my mom. My mom especially because she is a big part of everything that goes on in my life.”
Is there a player that you try to model your game after?
“There are no specific players I model my game after but I like to watch the attitudes that freak athletes show on the field. Players like D.K. Metcalf and George Kittle who show their athleticism and talent on the field with big plays.”
What have you learned about yourself from playing football?
“I learned that sometimes I need to slow down the game mentally. When I get going too quick I don’t focus on the simple things so I try to slow it down sometimes to allow myself to make big plays for my team.”
What sets you apart from the other players at your position?
“I set myself apart by being coachable. I learn fast and I’m also very hard working. I don’t take any days off. At my position you have to have good height and weight as well as footwork which is something I work on a lot. My determination also sets me apart because it drives me to focus on being successful with what I do.”
What motivates you to get better every day?
“God drives me. I love church and being there allows me to see my potential through God.”
What kind of goals do you have set for yourself this upcoming season?
“I want to do some little things like improving my bench press and squat but I have some bigger goals too. I want to get a couple offers under my belt. I also want to get more pancakes.”
What is a characteristic you believe you are weaker in and what are you doing to improve?
“I need to get better with my communication. Sometimes I struggle with informing my teammates with the type of looks we get. I started to get better with that towards the end of the season but I’m still improving on it.”
What have you learned about teamwork from your past experiences on your teams?
“I learned that its not always about yourself, so don’t make it that way. If you miss a block, you may have messed up but you cant get discourages. You have to keep your head up and encourage your teammates.”
What do you see yourself accomplishing after high school?
“After High School i see myself playing College Football and also Professional Football. I think I’m good enough to do both. If that doesn’t work out I also find HVAC and construction very interesting so I would pursue that as a backup plan. But I definitely want to go to play college and professional.”
When looking at a college, what kind of things draw you in to want to go there?
“I want to go to a school where the coaches are very hands on. Coaching and team mates are the only things that really matter to me.”
What do you think is the most important element of teamwork?
“The most important elements of of team work are communication and chemistry. You have to know the type of people you are playing with so getting to know you teammates plays a big part in chemistry.”
How do you personally prepare yourself for a big game?
“I try and keep my cool before games. I don’t get rowdy and loud. I just do my school and go straight to the locker room after class. I eat my team meal then chill out before the game, I don’t like standing out like that.”