Louisville football has had some massive commits recently from skill position guys, but now they are going about addressing the trenches. The Cards definitely helped address the trenches with the commitment of 3 Star OL Jordan Church. I mean the offensive line could always use some Churching up.
Home 🏡 1000% COMMITTED! pic.twitter.com/oo3kiQ5kua— Jordan(Big J)Church ✪ (@B1GJay77) June 29, 2022
Church is a 6’4 325 lbs prospect that currently plays his high school ball at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL. He chose Louisville over offers from Florida State, Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, and Pittsburgh, among others. 247sports has Church ranked as the 1117th-overall prospect and 84th at his position.
Church is a beast of a prospect. While he plays tackle for his high school, many anticipate with his size and strength a move inside. Church is just super strong and he knows it. He uses that as his main weapon. He’s got decent lateral movement for a man his size as well.
As a pass blocker, he looks to engage a block quickly and is able to move his feet well to maintain good position and leverage. Once he gets his hands on a defender, they will not be shedding his block. Instead, they are neutralized for that play. The one thing he must be careful of is grabbing outside the shoulders which would draw a holding penalty. That’s about the only flaw I see in pass protection and it’s minute.
As a run blocker, he shows great ability to get upfield to block or pull to block. It highlights that he’s got good mobility for his size. He knows how to get low, drive his legs, and drive opponents backwards for yards. Church always continues to block until a whistle blows. If there are multiple defenders in his area, he puts his primary one on the ground and then finds another to take out. If he only has his primary assignment to block, he will put him on the ground and then splash him like a wrestler to finish him off.
Maybe Church’s greatest attribute is his arms and hands and the pop he gets when extending to push a defender. It’s comical watching what looks like a regular old shove send a guy 2-4 yards backwards landing hard on their backs. It’s a testament to Church’s ridiculous strength. You see him utilize this excellent pop both in run and pass blocking.
Jordan Church is a big, strong OL that projects as a guard, but I could see him play tackle as well or exclusively. Regardless of where he ends up on the line, he’s a guy anyone would want on the line. His greatest strength is run blocking as he’s just a mauler that can leave a trail of defenders in his wake. For a UofL team predicated on a running attack, Jordan Church fills a huge need and want. The trenches are getting addressed in a major way after getting both Luke Burgess and now Jordan Church.
With Jordan Church’s commitment, UofL’s 2023 class has moved up 2 spots to 12th in the 247sports rankings. With more commitments likely on the horizon, they will likely move into the top 10 again soon.