Junior recovers from injury, gets back into the game(s)

Jordan focuses on team, whether football, basketball or baseball


Lauren Evanseck

Junior Camden Jordan, wearing a gray long-sleeved T-shirt, and his teammates celebrate a 60-55 win over Roncalli on Jan. 10.

Jameson Browne, News Editor

Three-sport athlete junior Camden Jordan has received his first Division I football offer from Western Michigan.

After recovering from an injury earlier this season, he once again is playing varsity basketball and scored two points in the Jan. 27 City tournament championship game against Crispus Attucks, which the Irish lost 94-91 in double overtime.  

This spring, he will once again put on a varsity baseball uniform and represent the Irish.

Limited to just eight games of action due to injury, the junior wide receiver caught 37 passes for 940 total yards and 14 touchdowns during the football season, which include a Sectional championship. “This season helped me grow a lot, especially under the leadership of our coaches and seniors,” Jordan said. 

His favorite moment was the team’s win against Bishop Chatard, during which he hauled in an 88-yard touchdown pass from quarterback senior Orin Edwards. “Having Cam out there was a great weapon for us all season and a big reason behind our success,” Edwards said. 

In addition to the Chatard game, Jordan said he really just enjoyed being with his teammates throughout the journey. “Even when I was injured, I looked forward to seeing my team every day and helping them get better in other ways,” he said.

Jordan’s presence was certainly missed during the team’s playoff run as the Irish fell short in the Regional to eventual State champion New Palestine. “It was really tough not to be out there with my teammates, but I never thought that just because I was out meant we couldn’t win. We were good enough to beat anyone,” he said.

After his impressive junior season, Jordan received his first football offer of what could be many more to come. He said, “I feel blessed and excited about my future no matter where it is.”

The three-sport athlete is now well into basketball season, where he hopes to make an impact after returning from his ankle injury. “We have a really young team with a great group of seniors that can lead us to a lot of success,” he said. 

Jordan is undecided as to what sport he would like to play in college, but he does know that he would like to continue all three throughout high school. “I enjoy the competitive nature of it all and the brotherhood that is built with my teammates. Playing a sport every season keeps me busy and in shape for whatever comes next,” he said. 

Jordan’s work ethic is a quality that he hopes is never in question when people watch him play. “No matter what sport it is, I just want people to see the hard work that I put in every time I am in,” he said.

So far, that hard work has brought him a lot of success, especially in football and baseball where he seems to be on his way to multiple college offers. He said, “It was a really special moment to receive my first offer from Western Michigan. I hope this one is the first of many.”

With three seasons worth of athletics every year, keeping his focus on one sport can be challenging, but Jordan is able to adapt to the new seasons quickly. “I am just pretty much used to it by now. I have played these sports all my life so it always comes back to me,” he said.

His schedule can be crazy, especially since he does have to go to school still. “School always comes first, but sometimes it is tough coming home after practice and having to study,” he said. Even though the workload can be overwhelming at times, Jordan knows it will all pay off in the end. “Whether it is academics or athletics, the work I put in now will show later. Hopefully opportunities will continue to open up for me in the future,” he said.

Even in his time off, Jordan still has long days all the time. He said, “The summer is really busy for me, too. Travel baseball and football take up almost all of my time and basketball workouts are mixed in there as well.”

Jordan obviously would like to play in college, but first, he wants to have success at the high school level. “My goals for the rest of my high school career are simple. I want to win State championships no matter what sport it is,” he said.

The idea of brotherhood is extremely important to Jordan because he knows that is what makes a team successful.

“At the end of the day, I play three sports because of the fun I have with my teammates. The friendships we have are what will help us to win,” he said.

As Jordan begins to receive some media notice, he said he hopes the focus will be on what his team is doing, not just him. He said, “The attention is cool and all, but I would rather be in the news for helping my team win a State championship than just making a good play. Winning comes first.”