The 2014 Georgia Tech recruiting class features the largest group of early enrollees during the Paul Johnson era. Middle linebacker Tre Jackson, quarterback Matthew Jordan, defensive end/linebacker KeShun Freeman, and cornerback Step Durham comprise the group of players.
Today we'll take a look at quarterback Matthew Jordan. Matthew gave his verbal commit to Tech last June and recently took his official visit. Matthew will be returning to campus this weekend to begin his career as a student-athlete at Georgia Tech.
Matthew recently completed a strong senior season and was named first team all-state as an athlete. He will compete this spring, with a group of young quarterbacks, for a spot in the Georgia Tech depth chart at quarterback.
John Garcia covers Alabama for Scout.com. Garcia gave GoJackets.com his thoughts on Jordan and his dual-threat abilities.
"Jordan separated himself from other athletes in the state of Alabama in the spring, carried the momentum into the summer and became one of the state's best weapons as a senior. In leading Jackson (Ala.) High deep into the Class 5A playoffs, he showed the ability to perform as a true dual-threat with consistent outputs as a runner and as a passer."
"He's still slightly better on the move than in the pocket at this time, but is well ahead of other dual-threats the Yellow Jackets have brought in during recent cycles in terms of his passing ability. Jordan is the most dynamic running-QB, among senior prospects, in the state and his passing ceiling is as high as traditional pocket passers in the region for the class of 2014."
The chances of Matthew getting playing time or being a redshirt will depend on how fast he is able to grasp the offense. Georgia Tech's run first offense is something that Jordan embraces. "Coach [Paul] Johnson has been wanting to not necessarily go away from the triple option, but make it more evolved to throw the ball more," he said. "I think I bring that to the table, also running the triple option and running the ball."