Jeremy Shockey, Kellen Winslow Jr, Bubba Franks, and most recently David Njoku, the Miami Hurricanes have produced a plethora of tight ends over the past three decades. To no one's surprise, junior tight end Brevin Jordan is the next to come through the pipeline that could have a similar draft position as his predecessors.
The middle sibling of three boys, Jordan always knew that he wanted to be a football player during his youth and one day play in the NFL. Introduced to the game at five years old, as a running back, he played in the upper division because of his superior talent level and at his father’s request.
His dad, Darrell, a former linebacker at Northern Arizona and West Texas A&M, was selected in the ninth round of 1990 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. He suffered a torn rotator cuff during a preseason game and was never able to play for the team.
Brevin’s father tragically passed away of a heart attack. Jordan’s mother, Beverly, who’s a realtor, is considered the rock of the family. In 2004, when Jordan was only four years old, he found out that his mother was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. Given three years to live as the disease had spread from her breasts to her lungs, she proved to be a tremendous fighter as she overcame the odds. Using her strength, Jordan entered Bishop Gorman (Nevada), one of the most historic programs in the country, as a wide receiver. Transitioning to tight end, he then moved up to the varsity team as a sophomore.
By his senior season, he helped lead the program to a ninth consecutive state title while posting career highs in receptions (63), receiving yards (1,111), and touchdowns (13). Rated as a 5-star recruit and the top tight end prospect in the country, he inked with the Hurricanes because of their history with players at the position. Starting in 11 of the 12 games he saw action in as a true freshman (2018), he finished second on the team in catches (32) and receiving touchdowns (4) while also recording 287 yards.
Experiencing a breakout season as a sophomore, he started in all 10 games he played in. A first team All-ACC selection, Jordan finished with 35 catches for 495 yards and two touchdowns in 2019.
I sat down with Jordan to discuss his breakout sophomore year, battling back from his foot injury, and what it means to be the next man up in the famous lineage of Hurricane tight ends.
Scout's Take on Jordan: "He really came on as a sophomore. I thought they could've allowed him to do a bit more as a pass catcher considering how dynamic he was, but maybe they will now with King (D'Eriq) throwing it. He's the complete package as a receiving threat though. He has no idea what he's doing as a run blocker, but he tries hard, and will stand in there to fight, which is half the battle. He's a first-rounder if he plays well again this year." -- NFC South scout
The following transcript has been edited for clarity.
Question: This is a really big year for you coming up. How are you feeling coming off of a strong sophomore campaign where you were named as a first-team All-ACC selection? What did having a standout season like that mean to you?
Jordan: To be honest, it really didn't mean much. I mean, we went 6-7 (record), then to the Independence Bowl and lost to Louisiana Tech. What really matters to me is winning games. You saw it last year. The first guy selected from our team was in the fourth-round. That's not like Miami. We have to win some games. That's the main thing for me.
Q: Let's rewind a little. We were talking and you mentioned that your dad introduced you to football when you were five years old, but you played in the upper age divisions as a running back. How did that help you?
J: I played up because of my older brother, who was eight at the time, and we wanted to play together. When I first started playing, I only played defense. When I started playing with my own age, which was at eight years old, that's when I started playing running back. I played the same position all the way up to high school. After that, I told myself that I didn't want to take on all of that wear and tear (laughs). I didn't want to deal with that, so I moved to receiver. I moved there and my coaches were like 'hey, let's try you out at tight end', so they moved me there, and the rest is history.
Q: You went to a big time high school in Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV). You guys reeled off nine straight state championships, which is phenomenal, but being a part of a winning program like that, what did you learn the most?
J: I think I learned the most that, the game of football, the coaches apply the game plans, but it's truly the players that have to make it happen. The players hold each other accountable and (to) a standard. That's what we did at Gorman and that's why we were so good. Off the field, we made sure everyone was doing the right thing. Keeping the locker room clean, going to class, and doing all of the little stuff. That all tied into winning games.
Q: The thing going around now with NFL tight ends is that you have your different types. You have multi-dimensional types like Travis Kelce and George Kittle, but then you have your more big wide receiver type like an Evan Engram. With you, that seems to be a common misconception, figuring out which type that you are. What type of tight end would you say Brevin Jordan is currently?
J: I'm the type of tight end that if you give him the ball on a bubble, he can take it 40 or 50 yards. You can put him in-line to block a defensive end or linebacker and I'll get it done. I will pull around and block. I also can be out wide, outside, and run a deep go, comebacks. I also can play from the backfield as well. I'm just a guy that can play football. Put me in the game and I'll do some damage for you.
Q: It wouldn't be right unless I asked you about the rock of your family, your mother. Being diagnosed with breast cancer and given only weeks to live at some point, I know that was hard, but walk me through that experience and why she's such an inspiration for you and your family.
J: When that whole situation happened, I was only three or four years old and I remember it pretty vividly. She lost her hair and her nails began turning black. It was crazy especially for the family because that's our rock. When she came out of that situation, she came out stronger, more beautiful, and a completely changed person because she's a fighter. Me and my brothers looked at her like, man, this is Super Woman. She can do anything. The doctors basically told us that she was going to die and not even remember her youngest child. She's really a warrior, man. I love that woman to death.
Q: Let's transition back to on the field. Receiving is a trait that many have said is your biggest strength. When you're out there running routes and the ball is in your hands, what goes through your mind after that point?
J: Let's get wiggly. It's as simple as that. When the ball is in my hands, that's when the running back comes out of me. When I touch it, that's when it's time for me to turn up and get into the end zone by any means possible.
Q: Your dad being a former NFL draft pick and the success that he experienced throughout his career, what can you take away from his career and also what did you learn from him?
J: That guy meant a whole lot to me. He's really the heart and soul of why me and my brothers play football today. When we were young, we really didn't know what sport we were going to play and then we stumbled across his football awards book that he had. In there it had when he got drafted, what he did at Bishop Gorman, and a lot of other stuff. Once we saw that, it sparked a light in us and we all wanted a taste of his accolades and eventually surpass him. My dad really motivated us to get into the game.
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