ISU Signs Nation's Top JUCO Tackler Jordan Harris
AMES, Iowa- Iowa State head football coach Paul Rhoads announced today that Jordan Harris, a second-team NJCAA All-American linebacker who led the nation in tackles in 2013, signed his letter of intent to begin school at second semester (Spring of 2014).
5-11, 233, Jr.
Clarksdale, Miss. (Clarksdale/Copiah-Lincoln C.C.)
Chose Iowa State over Memphis, Southern Mississippi and Tulane … earned NJCAA Second-Team All-America honors in 2013 … ranked No. 168 in 247Sports’ Junior College rankings … led the NJCAA in tackles in 2013, averaging 13.8 tackles per game … posted 124 tackles, including 79 solo stops … named First Team All-MACJC and named All-Region 23 … tallied 3.5 sacks … had 48 tackles, including 29 solo stops, as a freshman in 2012.
Two-time first-team all-district selection … had 88 tackles as a junior … earned second-team all-state honors as a senior, racking up 85 tackles and rushing for over 700 yards and six touchdowns … team finished the season at 7-5 … coached in high school by Charles Reid.
Born Jan. 4, 1994 … son of Howard Harris and Brenda Williams … went to the same junior college as former Cyclone All-Big 12 linebacker and NFL player Tim Dobbins … brother, Darren Williams, was a star defensive back at Mississippi State from 2002-04 … plans on majoring in engineering.
Rhoads on Harris
“Jordan Harris is a very exciting, physical football player. We got the opportunity to go down there and meet with him and talk football and it was almost love at first sight, if you would, on both sides. Jordan came up here for the Kansas game, the coldest game in the history of Iowa State football. He is a guy who was born and raised in the south and it did nothing to affect the enthusiasm and passion he felt for our football program. He took a quick look at the history of Iowa State linebackers, especially under the tutelage of Wally Burnham, and he knew he could immediately step in and fill a role equal to what he has witnessed in the past. He brings a level of physical play we are accustomed to here at Iowa State. He is a student of the game. He is the kind of guy that shows up at practice first and is the last to leave. We are very excited to have Jordan Harris as an Iowa State Cyclone.”