Fox 40 Prospect Challenge (Central): DE Schmidt looking to top last year’s performance

Jordan Schmidt is currently in his third year of football, and has been a starter for the Bluevale Knights in the Waterloo County Secondary School Athletics Association (WCSSAA) since Grade 9. His first year as a senior had him starting at defensive end and on offensive line at school, as well as becoming long snapper later on in the season.

The defensive end also plays in the Ontario Football Conference (OFC) with the Twin City Predators, and was selected to go to Cleveland to compete in the Mid-West National Championship, where they won all three games and their division.

This past season, the Predators made it to the semi-finals, finishing the season 6-2, with Jordan getting six sacks and four half sacks in their season. The Predator was named the Defensive Line MVP for the season.

In 2015, he was also selected to play on the 2015 Waterloo Region High School All Star Game, where he started on both the offensive line and defensive line.

Moreover, this past fall he was nominated by his high school coaches to play in the Mother’s Pizza All Star High School Bowl, where he played linebacker, defensive end and nosetackle.

“My main goal for [FPC] is to improve my performance over last year and to help our team win this year,” said Jordan. “I’m also looking forward to the experience and learning from new coaches, as well as meeting new players.”

“I met a couple of recruiters last year and I’m hoping to do more of the same this year,” added Schmidt.

During the offseason, Jordan plays basketball for his school because it keeps him in shape and the skills in both sports are somewhat interchangeable.

“This year I chose to play house league and using the other time to keep up on my studies,” commented Jordan. “Playing football has improved my basketball game as well as the other way around.” He also works out at SST Waterloo a few times a week, and they have been fantastic at focusing on his areas of weakness and improved his flexibility.

On the field, Jordan has two role models. The first is Ray Lewis because he was an all-around outstanding linebacker and Jordan just wants to be as athletic as he was on the field.

His other role model is JJ Watt because he is an amazing defensive end and is one of the most athletic players on the field. “I’m working hard to be that athletic,” added Jordan.

He also looks up to a few of his coaches, first, Jamie Hitchen from Bluevale junior team.

“He was my first football coach in football,” explained Jordan. “He shared [with] me his love of the game and it was infectious. I was hesitant before the first practice and I’ve loved it every since.”

Finally, Patrick Crabbe, who spends time with him to improve his academics and working on stronger study habits. They also spend some time on the field to make adjustments to his game in the summer and spring months, as well as working on fine-tuning his position and other tricks to improve his game.

Jordan Schmidt
Position: Defensive end
Height/Weight: 6’1”, 207lbs
Teams: Bluevale Knights (WCSSAA) and Twin City Predators (junior varsity – OFC)
Class: 2019

 

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