South Forsyth senior Richard Jordan went to a football
prospect camp at Missouri Southern State University before the War Eagles’
season. He did well there, well enough for the Lions’ coaching staff to offer
him a full-ride scholarship, which Jordan eventually accepted and signed his
National Letter of Intent for on Wednesday.
But after the camp, a MSSU alum and former NFL player pulled up.
“(The coaches) were like, ‘What are you doing here?’” Jordan said. “He said, ‘This is my son right here.’”
Jordan’s father is Richard Jordan, a former NFL linebacker who played two seasons with the Detroit Lions. He went to MSSU after growing up in Vian, Oklahoma and was drafted in the seventh round of the 1997 NFL Draft.
The Lions coaches didn’t know that when they were evaluating the younger Richard Jordan, he said, which made their interest feel particularly special.
“They said they wanted me for me,” Jordan said.
Jordan was a second team All-FCN linebacker for the War Eagles in 2017, racking up 54 tackles even while missing four games due to injury. The senior captain helped lead South to an undefeated regular season, which was tainted only by a forfeit to Pinecrest due to the use of an ineligible player.
Jordan will likely play outside linebacker in college, rather than the middle linebacker position he played in high school, and the Lions, who went 0-11 last season in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association in Division II, are facing a rebuilding job. But the opportunity to play college football without putting any of the burden on his family was worth it.
“That’s the best news I could have heard, to tell my mom and dad that they wouldn’t have to spend a penny,” Jordan said.
Ten other South athletes signed NLIs on Wednesday. They were:
- Ryan Nolan, to play baseball at Oglethorpe University
- Bradley Prince, Jr., to play baseball at Grayson College
- Jared Honey, to play football at Olivet Nazarene
- Ryan LaFlamme, to play football at Mercer University
- Jake Nitowski, to play football at Shorter
- Ryan Pontrelli, to play football at Kennesaw
- Trevor Byrne, to play soccer at Florida Atlantic
- Ryan Fierle, to play soccer at Berry College
- Meghan Plinck, to play softball at LaGrange