A Scottsdale, Arizona native may see his dreams turn into reality following a performance in the Reese’s Senior Bowl.
Jordan Brown is a cornerback for South Dakota State University. Brown spent most of his athletic career playing wide receiver in high school before converting to a cornerback in college.
Brown totaled 159 receptions for 2,277 yards and 26 touchdowns over three seasons at Paradise Valley High School. During that span of time, Brown was able to earn first-team all-section honors and second-team all-state as a junior and first-team all-state as a senior.
Along with playing football in high school, Brown also participated in basketball and track & field. I asked Brown about his decision to stick with football over other spots and he said, “throughout high school I played basketball, football and ran track. Over the years I just fell in love with the game of football and it was the best path to a college degree as well.”
After finding success on the field, I wanted to ask Brown if his dream was to always play football professionally or was there a different goal in mind and he said, “growing up my dream was to play in the NBA, I didn’t play football until my freshman year in high school.”
Brown made a fantastic choice to stick with football especially after converting to cornerback. After taking a redshirt season in 2014, Brown recorded 8 interceptions, 27 pass breakups, 4 forced fumbles, 148 tackles (117 solo, 31 assists), and 6 tackles for loss during his career at South Dakota State.
I asked Brown what drew him to South Dakota State compared to other schools. Brown said, “on my visit to South Dakota State the coaches preached how the program was all about family and I could feel the support and love that they already had for me along with the community in Brookings. Coach Stig would always say your main goal is to get your degree, and playing football is second to that.”
Currently, Jordan’s younger brother Jacob is a wide receiver at South Dakota State University.
Brown has been taking notes from watching film of the professionals such as Darius Slay and Patrick Peterson. Brown is a true playmaker with an unbelievable athletic ability and game recognition.
I asked Brown about which NFL stars helped morph his game and he said, “growing up I wouldn’t say I molded my game after anyone as I didn’t start playing until high school, and in high school all I played was wide receiver. But when I got to college and switched to corner, I watched Darius Slay and Patrick Petersons film and took little parts of their game and implemented them into mine.”
Brown has quite a career at SDSU after racking up numerous awards and honors including American Football Coaches Association FCS All-America First Team (2018), HERO Sports FCS All-America First Team (2018), STATS FCS All-America Second Team (2018), Associated Press FCS All-America Third Team (2018), All-Missouri Valley Football Conference First Team (2017, 2018), MVFC Honor Roll (2017), and Team Captain (2018).