Jordan Cokley | T.C. Williams High School | LB | 2022
Q: Tell us about your high school career and what the recruiting process has been like thus far.
A: I consider my first two years in high school to be a success. I had the privilege of playing for a nationally ranked team. As a sophomore, I played on varsity and junior varsity. I played in games against some of the best players and teams in the country. The recruiting process is picking up. I’ve gone to several exposure camps to get my name out there. I’ve also gone to college prospect camps. A few schools have shown interest in me.
Q: When did you receive your first offer and what school was it from? How many offers have you received thus far?
A: As of right now I don’t have any offers; however, I have FBS, FCS and Division II schools that have shown interest in me.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
A: I’m proud to have made varsity on a team that was ranked # 4 in the country. I also take tremendous pride in being selected to one of USA Football’s Select Teams and starting in the International Bowl.
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing at your school?
A: My position coach and trainer taught me how to prepare mentally and physically during the week to play each game.
Q: What have you learned during this unique time in 2020? What did you focus on or accomplish during Quarantine?
A: I learned to make the most of my time and to stay disciplined in my training. My focus has been on sharpening my skills and improving my strength, flexibility, and agility.
Q: If you could play in college, what would you choose to major in? What are your plans if football doesn’t work out?
A: I would major in Computer Engineering. If football doesn’t work out, I would like to become a software developer or computer hardware engineer.
Q: What would your current teammates say about you and your qualities?
A: They would probably say that I’m easy going and fun to be around. Also, they would probably say that I am a student of the game and a weight room warrior.
Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career so far?
A: Two plays stand out. I had a huge tackle for loss late in the game against one of our rivals that helped us win the game. The other play was when I recovered an onside kick in a game against one of our rivals. The recovery sealed the win for us.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?
A: Making sure I maintain a good diet and not putting on bad weight. I manage it by focusing on my goal of getting a scholarship to play football and remembering what my coaches and trainers told me about not being able to exercise away bad eating habits.
Q: If you could compare yourself to a collegiate or pro athlete, who would that be and why?
A: I would probably compare myself to a couple of players: Jaylin Smith and Devin Bush. I think my physicality and ability to cover and chase down ball carriers is similar to Jaylin Smith. I am built like Devin Bush and have been compared to him because of how I play.
Q: What is your biggest strength and why should college coaches & scouts consider you?
A: My biggest strength is my playmaking ability, whether it be a sack or a tackle for loss. College coaches should consider me because of my football IQ, work ethic, and commitment to excellence.
Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back”/”pay it forward” in your community?
A: I am involved in community service work through my church. The focus is to help those less fortunate and to show Christ-like love to everyone no matter their circumstance.
Q: How are you preparing for the 2020 High School National Scouting Combine and what are your goals for the combine?
A: I am working out every day doing linebacker drills, combine drills and speed and agility drills. I am focused on speed, agility, and flexibility. My goal for the National Scouting Combine is to put up times and distances that would impress college recruiters.
Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
A: For me, the ultimate achievement would be to play college football for my dream school while making a positive impact on the lives of the people I encounter.
Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football? Do you play other sports?
A: I like hanging out with my friends and playing on my Xbox. I participate in track and field.
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
A: My dad.
Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?
A: I tend to put the interests of others ahead of my interests because I’m a very giving and caring person.
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