Jordan Faison enjoys a special connection with Iowa Football. The Fort Lauderdale (FL) Gulliver Pinecrest Preparatory School Athlete plays for a school where Hawkeye running backs coach Ladell Betts worked before coming back to college.
Faison (5-10, 175) added an Iowa scholarship offer earlier this month. He officially visited the Hawkeyes this past weekend.
“What I liked about the visit to Iowa is the family and connection network they have,” he told HF. “All of the staff said that of course football is a major part, but the years after football are what are important in life when football isn’t around.
“I also liked the team chemistry. It is a brotherhood where everybody looks out for each other.”
Iowa City surprised Faison compared to what he thought he would see.
“I really enjoyed the area as it was not what I expected when I thought of Iowa,” he said.
Faison committed to Notre Dame lacrosse last year. His senior football season has turned some heads of college coaches. Michigan State, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Central Florida and UCLA have shown interest in him for football, he reported.
While at Iowa, Faison spoke with Betts, receiver coach Kelton Copeland and head coach Kirk Ferentz.
“All of them were very good and positive conversations. They spoke to me about why they offered me, how they see me fitting in on the team and why I fit the role of an Iowa Hawkeye football player,” Faison said.
“One thing they stressed was apart from being a good football player, you also need to be a good man, and that is what they look for in their players.”
Faison rushed 84 times for 1,055 yards and 18 touchdowns through seven games this season, according to MaxPreps.com. He’s completed 12 of 28 passes for 167 yards and three scores against one interception. On defense and special teams, he has 18 tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble and two blocked punts.
Rivals ranks Faison as a two-star football recruit, while 247Sports has no rating for him.
Faison looks forward to continuing to build a relationship with the Hawkeyes.
“I am feeling good about Iowa after the visit. I will definitely stay in contact,” he said.