Tyler Jordan recruit scouting report: Versatile offensive lineman

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Tyler Jordan is a quality offensive line recruit. Out of Jacksonville (Fla.) Bishop Kenny, Jordan is a 6'4, 280-pound lineman. He is rated three stars by the 247sports composite, and as of February, most services concur, though some have not updated Jordan's rating since the release of his junior year film. As you'll see in my evaluation of Jordan based on his senior film, I expect him to rise from his composite rating of the 74th-best offensive tackle recruit, though I am not sure his best fit is at guard.

Since the release of his junior year film, Florida, Cal, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina, Nebraska, N.C. State, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Penn State, South Carolina and Stanford have all offered Jordan.

Jordan is on twitter @TyJordan58.

So what makes him a top prospect? Let's look at his film, in which he plays offensive tackle.

I do not believe Jordan will play offensive tackle in college. I am not sure that he has the frame to end up at 6'5, 310, which is what most of the best schools on his list are looking for. I think he profiles better as a guard, or perhaps a center.

Jordan shows the ability to fire out low, with a flat back, engage the defender with his hands and drive him into the ground with solid, active feet. I like his nastiness, and his determination to finish blocks with a roach or a pancake.

I want to see more of Jordan down and reach blocking to gauge his athleticism and lateral agility, as there is not a whole lot of that here. I also want to see him anchor against bigger defenders, which would be a test of his overall strength.

In the open field, Jordan does a good job of tracking down defenders, and at least on his highlight film, he takes good cut-off angles to them, not over pursuing and allowing smaller, quicker defenders to cut under his angle.

Why isn't Jordan ranked higher? There really is not a glaring weakness in his game, but rather general limitations in athleticism, frame and strength that come just short of the best nationally. His offers speak for themselves, and I think he can be a very good player at the BCS level after a year in the weight room.

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