Football runs in the blood of Tulare High senior cornerback Randy Jordan Jr.
“We all have that athletic gift,” says Jordan Jr.
His dad, Randy Sr., led the state in interceptions as a senior for Tulare back in the day, on his way to eventually playing college football at Kansas State.
Uncle Robert starred at receiver for Cal, and cousins include current Raiders star running back Marshawn Lynch, and former Raiders quarterback Jamarcus Russell, once the top overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.
“Well, he’s (Randy) got the god-given things that I’d like to tell you I coach, but I don’t,” joked Tulare Union head football coach Darren Bennett. “He’s got the genetics and the genes.”
Robert and Marshawn both played for current Fresno State football coach Jeff Tedford at Cal, and next year, Randy Jr. will be the latest member of the family to suit up for Tedford, as Jordan gave a committment to the Bulldogs late last month.
He’ll join two other Tulare Union grads already on the Fresno State roster: sophomore running back Romello harris, and true freshman receiver Emoryie edwards.
“Staying home and playing with a group of guys I’ve already played with before, it’s crazy,” said Jordan Jr.
“It’s just really exciting to see him (Tedford) go get all the local kids,” said Bennett. “I think he’s gonna bring back that big “V” for the Valley. It’s kind of exciting.”
Jordan Jr. was flying a little under-the-radar in recruiting circles. The composite recruiting website 247sports.com, has him listed as a 2-star player. But according to Bennett, after a solid junior season, Randy has made some huge strides in the offseason, and has a big upside.
“He hasn’t even scratched his potential,” said Bennett.
Randy certainly has next level speed. He was part of Tulare High’s seventh place finish in the 4×100 meter relay at the state track meet in June. Combine that with his natural football instincts, and Bennett thinks Jordan could end up being a diamond in the rough for the Bulldogs down the road.
“In college, I think he’s just gonna continue to get faster and stronger and bigger,” said Bennett. “And I think his potential is limitless.”
But Bennett isn’t waiting to tap some of that potential. He plans on expanding Jordan’s role this year with the Tribe, which will include some time on offense and returning kicks on special teams.
Tulare Union went 13-1 last season, and won the Division-II Central Section crown, and Jordan Jr. has his eyes set on back-to-back titles.
“It’s my last year (in high school), and I just wanna go out with a bang, go out with flames,” said Jordan Jr.