By John Grimaldi
Cameron Jordan, a two-sport athlete for Half Hollow Hills High School West, has committed to play football for Syracuse University.
“My family and friends always supported me,” said Jordan, who is set to enter senior year at Hills West. “They all want me to succeed, it didn’t matter where I went.”
Jordan, who is listed at 6-foot-4, 185 pounds, has played both football and basketball for the Colts through his high school career. He’s a three-year varsity football player, and has been starting for the Hills West basketball team since he was a freshman.
Even though he is committed to playing football for Syracuse, Jordan has no intention of stopping basketball.
“Basketball is a must, I want to finish up with this great group of guys,” Jordan said.
Jordan’s basketball coach Bill Mitaritonna said the commitment to Syracuse is “a great decision.”
He added that Jordan may be the best two-sport athlete on Long Island: “I think the skies the limit for him.”
But it’s not just Jordan’s ability as an athlete that commands respect.
“The most important thing he gives is leadership,” Mitaritonna said. “They respect his ability, but respect him as a person more.”
He said he told Jordan “I’m the guy who will be critical, but you have to be the one to pick them up.”
“I think Syracuse is getting a really good kid and a potential NFL player,” Mitaritonna added.
Jordan was highly recruited for his football talents, garnering offers from the University of Maryland, University of Wisconsin, Boston College, University of Connecticut, University of Pittsburgh, Rutgers University and Stony Brook University.
Jordan said he settled on Syracuse for several reasons.
“I think, for me, it was the best offensive style, the coaching staff is outstanding and we built a good relationship,” he said. “It just felt right.”
Before he gets there, though, Jordan has another season of Colts football ahead of him this fall.
“We want to win,” he said. “We lost in the Suffolk championship game last year. Falling short won’t be an option. We know what it takes.