Highland Two-Way Lineman Winston Jordan Headed to Brown

Highland Two-Way Lineman Winston Jordan Headed to Brown
Highland’s Brian Leary has been coaching football as an assistant and now head coach for 22 years and he recently enjoyed a first that involved senior two-way lineman Winston Jordan.
 
The 6-foot-2, 265-pound Jordan recently announced that he would be attending Brown, among several Ivy League schools recruiting the Tartans senior.
 
“That is a great accomplishment and I am really proud of him,” Leary said. “In my 22 years of coaching, he is my first Ivy League player.”
 
For Jordan, it was the reward for his hard work.
 
“It is unreal,” Jordan said. “It has always been a dream of mine since I began playing in sixth grade to play college football and get a world class education and it doesn’t get much better than that.”
 
Princeton and Penn were among the other Ivy League schools that Jordan was talking to. 
 
As one can expect, he is a top-flight student, a member of the National Honor Society, who is ranked 14th in his class. 
 
He said he is looking to major in health and physical sciences or biology. His eventual goal is to be a physical therapist. 
 
This past season Jordan was a consensus first-team all-South Jersey selection as an offensive lineman. Yet Brown has recruited him to play on the defensive line. He has the ability to play defensive end or tackle, and says he is expected to play inside at tackle.
 
 “During the recruiting process, some schools were recruiting me for offense and some for defense,” he said. “I knew my senior year if I wanted to make schools notice I would have to show what I could do on the defensive side of the ball and be a difference-maker on defense.”
 
That is exactly what happened. 
 
This past season in seven games for Highland, Jordan recorded 37 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss and six sacks.
 
Jordan has been a varsity player all four years, beginning as a freshman at Triton and then transferring to Highland as a sophomore. 
 
This year the recruiting process was further complicated by COVID. Jordan hasn’t been able to visit the Brown campus in Providence, Rhode Island, but he did receive a virtual tour. He said the Brown coaching staff made him feel very comfortable and the education at an Ivy League school was too good to pass up.
 
Before COVID, he was able to visit Fordham and Penn and also attended Princeton for a game-day recruiting experience. 
 
Once he made his decision on attending Brown, it brought Jordan a huge sigh of relief once he made his decision. 

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“It was definitely stressful, especially during COVID,” he said about the recruiting process. “It feels so good to have the decision made.”


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Author: Marc Narducci; Photo Courtesy of Winston Jordan

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