Syracuse football’s recruiting efforts for 2018 just keep rolling along, as Dino Babers and his staff picked up another commitment tonight, this time from speedy running back Jawhar Jordan. This is the second running back commit for the Orange, joining power back Akeem Dixon.
— Jawhar Jordan Jr. (@CutsOnDime) May 25, 2017
Jordan plays his high school ball in Chandler, Arizona, though he’s a native of New York. He’s rated by Scout.com as the top running back recruit in Arizona, and the 33rd best RB prospect in America. He chose Syracuse over offers from Arizona, Oklahoma State, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa State, and Rutgers, among others, and is rated a 3-star prospect.
At 5-foot-11, 160 pounds he’s clearly the lightning to Dixon’s thunder in this class, and it’s certainly a possibility that he could follow Moe Neal in making the transition from RB to slot receiver. Jordan is a fantastic athlete, and was a standout performer at the Los Angeles Opening Regionals. At that event, he was clocked at 4.48 in the 40, and had the 5th highest overall score out of running back prospects. Scout also rated him as one of the top 10 offensive performers at the Under Armour All-America Camp in Southern California back in February.
Last season he rushed for 1,269 yards while averaging 7.3 yards-per-carry, per Max Preps. He also rushed for 17 touchdowns, while also catching 14 passes for an additional 135 yards and a score. Jordan also averaged 27.1 yards on kickoff returns and 22.5 yards on punt returns, making him a probable difference maker on special teams once he arrives at Syracuse.