Jordan Dermott of the Manchester Titans has accepted an offer to play American football and study for the Blue Devils in Alabama at Falkville high school. We caught up with Jordan in a quick Zoom interview so he could tell his story.
Yesterday we posted about our interview with Sam Walker on his way to Knox College in Illinois, you can catch that article here! This interview is with Jordan Dermott, formerly of the Machester Titans, and at just 16-years-old is moving to Alabama to play high school football for the Blue Devils at Falkville high school. I caught up with Jordan and asked him how he got into American football “Well I’ve played rugby for nine years and then my brother got into the NFL and that was got me into it really. He was watching the games and then I was and we were studying what the wide receivers were doing.”
Jordan is a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and is hoping Ben Roethlisberger can get his team back in playoff shape for the 2020 season. With just three seasons of American football experience under his belt, Jordan caught the eye of a coach at Falkville high school who wanted to give him a shot. Jordan told me that his dad posts a lot of videos of his training and games, happens to be friends with the coach at the school and that is how it all came about. The coach liked his work ethic and how he might fit on the team so they extended an offer to the young receiver of the Manchester Titans. Being so young, the school will put him up with a family in Alabama to help him in his journey living in America. Jordan laughed saying that “I’d sleep on the streets to be able to play high school football over there.”
Obviously going from Britball crowds to the huge numbers you might see at an Alabama high school game could be quite daunting but Jordan said “Yeah, performing in front of thousands of people makes me a little nervous, but excited more than anything. I’ll be nervous at first but I’ll get used to the crowds after a few games and I’m not too worried about adjusting. It’ll definitely be a new thing, thousands of people watching you on that stage.” You might be wondering after playing rugby for so long, which does he prefer? He chose the correct answer, American football.
While Jordan said he “might have to fight for a role to start with” the team is looking for a leader and he hopes to fill that role. He sees himself as an all-round wide receiver that can high point the ball and win against tight coverage. “I’ve been working on making my routes faster and smoother while trying to improve my speed overall,” he said when asked what he’s been working on. Finally, I asked Jordan what he’s most excited about “I’m just excited to get over there, start playing football and see what life is like over there.”
Jordan wanted to thank his mum and dad for always being super supportive, his rugby coach of nine years, Paul Connell and Shevington Sharks rugby club that has always helped him. Adam Wilkin, the head coach from Jag Tag, and all the coaches who have supported him along the way, athletic development coach Russ Bury, Chorley Buccaneers coach Tom Salerno and Manchester Titans coaches Michael Kelly and Ben Nuttall. Also a special mention to his two training partners Cameron Dermott and Dan Cleary. Here at Gridiron Hub, we’ll be keeping a close eye on Jordan’s future and provide an update for you all with an update after he’s spent some time in the US. We wish Jordan the best of luck and hope this interview inspires many other players to dream big!
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