The world has mostly ground to a halt during the COVID-19 pandemic, but you know what never stops? Recruiting. Recruiting never, ever stops. And on Tuesday that worked to Iowa's benefit as they picked up a new addition for their 2021 recruiting class:
1000% COMMITTED pic.twitter.com/yAYJzdrJlV— Jordan Oladokun (@JordanOladokun) April 14, 2020
Oladokun, listed at 5'11", 180 lbs, is rated a 3* prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports. His offer sheet is more eye-catching than the 3* rating, though -- he chose Iowa over a final seven that included Penn State, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Pitt, and Cincinnati and he also had offers from the likes of North Carolina, Duke, Virginia, Indiana, Iowa State, Louisville, and Syracuse. Suffice to say, there was a lot of interest in Mr. Oladokun.
Last year Oladokun played offense, defense, and special teams for Gaither High School in Tampa, Florida, where he had 28 catches for 532 yards and six touchdowns as a receiver, 20 tackles and two interceptions as a defensive back, and almost 400 yards and a touchdown as a return man as well. Iowa currently projects him as a defensive back. Two years ago Iowa went into Tampa and came away with a versatile athlete at defensive back in Dane Belton; here's hoping for similar success with Oladokun.
Though Oladokun had just two interceptions last year, that came on the heels of two very prolific years in terms of picking off opposing passers.
Please not that the 1st interception is against the current 16th ranked player in the country per rivals for 2021. The 2nd pick (3rd play) is a 1 handed INT & he has 22 picks in 36 games. Fr = 11, Soph = 9, & Jr = 2— Coach Williams (@CoachDub_Pick6) April 14, 2020
That kind of ball hawking ability is always welcome in the secondary. Oladokun's highlights certainly display that ball hawking ability -- and his overall athleticism:
It's hard to watch those clips and not come away impressed at his ability in space. His ability to change direction and his ability to accelerate rapidly are both pretty dazzling. He just glides through would-be tacklers -- and accelerates away from them when given the opportunity. And the move he puts on a guy at the 2-minute mark... delightfully rude. We also get a decent sense of Oladokun's ball skills in these clips and they look good -- he reads the flight of the ball nicely and times his jumps well to either get the pick or disrupt the pass for an incompletion.
The raw materials here are certainly promising for a guy earmarked for the secondary and special teams usage. Give him a little time in Phil Parker's Finishing School and he certainly looks like the sort of player who could be Iowa's next impressive defensive back. And hey, Iowa's had pretty good luck in recent year with players named Jordan -- Canzeri, Lomax, Walsh... Welcome to Iowa, Mr. Oladokun.