Jordan played at Chandler High School in Chandler, AZ. He went on to California as a recruit that was not elite. After playing at Cal for 4 years, it’s not a reach to say that he has made himself elite.
- ranked No. 54 nationally among defensive ends by Scout
- earned All-State honors his senior year
- SR year: 85 tackles, 37.0 tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks while leading his squad to an impressive 11-2 record
Quoted and Noted
Today, football is the sport that consumes Jordan. After a stellar career at Chandler High, he signed with California, where he played in 50 of 51 possible games and was all-Pac-10 as a senior last season.
“You only have to tell him something once,” said Pendergast, the Cardinals defensive coordinator from 2004-08. “You enjoy coaching guys like that; they never make mistakes on game day.
“He was able to come off the field and tell you what the offense was doing to him: ‘When a guy got this block, they slid a center to me.’ And he was never wrong. Not a lot of guys can do that.”
After a solid Senior Bowl performance and an impressive showing at the NFL combine, he now projects to be taken in the middle of the first round. The prospect of an NFL career became a realistic option to him after he made honorable mention all-Pac-10 as a sophomore.
Jordan played in 50 of a possible 51 games in his collegiate career, earning first team all-Pac-10 honors last fall a senior. He finished the year with 61 tackles and 5 1/2 sacks.
He was less enthralled with the succession of rapid-fire, 15-minute interviews he experienced at the combine, a process he described as “the speed-dating realm. ‘Hi, I’m Cam Jordan. I like long walks on the beach, and when the sun hits me on the left side of my face, I just melt …’ ”
“He’s a guy who really fits in either front, which is pretty unique, and he can play on all three downs,” one AFC scouting director says of Jordan. “It’s really hard to find these complete defensive linemen, guys who can get upfield and penetrate through a gap, and who are able to sit and spy with arms extended, lock a guy out and wait for the ball to clear. Plus he’s a first-rate kid from a high-level program with good bloodlines.”
Cal defensive end Cameron Jordan sounds absolutely nothing like Tyson Alualu. Alualu doesn’t say much. Jordan had a lot to say, especially about his former college teammate.
“Tyson was my mentor coming in and was the guy I wanted to emulate the most when I got to Cal,” Jordan said. “He taught me how to work hard. He doesn’t complain much. He doesn’t say too many words. And when he speaks, everybody listens. It was the respect I wanted so bad. I strived every day for that respect.”
Now, on to California and the stats.