Junior wide receiver Jordan Bly (Charlotte, North Carolina) has received D-I offers in the past, but was waiting for that first Power Five offer to arrive.
That finally happened on Wednesday with a phone call from Pitt’s Chris Beatty.
“I was both shocked and excited,” Bly told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “Getting that first Power Five offer was just exciting to see that a coach and a program believed in me like that. Getting that first big offer is always on a players mind but I really get happy and appreciate any offer big or small that a school gives me.”
“Coach Beatty texted me first when I was laying on my couch. He told me that he had a chance to watch my film and that he was very impressed. He then said that when this coronavirus is all over with, he wanted to get me up for a visit. He then asked me to call him real quick. I did and he said that he wanted to offer me over the phone and not through a text message. I was so excited and I told him thank you.”
“After getting the news, the first person that I told was my parents and then I told my older brother. It was a real exciting moment.”
It was special for Jordan to be able to deliver the news to his father, who knows a lot about college football and the recruiting process that goes along with it. Dre’ Bly is a former All-American cornerback at North Carolina and was drafted in the 2nd round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. Bly went on to have an 11 year NFL career with the Rams, Detroit Lions, Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers.
In his redshirt freshman season at UNC, Bly led the nation with 11 interceptions and received all-American honors, and is only one of five players in NCAA history to achieve this honor as a freshman, along with Tony Dorsett, Hershel Walker, Bjorn Merten and Marshall Faulk. Bly is currently the cornerbacks coach for Mack Brown and North Carolina.
“My dad has just been telling me to keep my head down and work and work and work. I listen to him because I know that he’s done it before and made it to the highest level. I’m just going to put my faith in him and listen. When I told him Pitt offered, he told me congratulations and that the offers will start rolling in. He told me that I deserve it.”
Pitt would like to add speed to their offense and Bly (5’11”, 170) tells me that’s one of the biggest strengths of his game. In the past, he’s been timed running the 40 at a blazing fast 4.4 seconds.
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— Jordan Bly (@bly_jordan) December 5, 2019
“I’m a speedster that can make plays from anywhere on the field,” said Bly. “Whenever I touch the ball, the goal is to score or run as far as I can with it. I think I have great hands but really pride myself on my speed. That’s how I create separation from the defender.”
Pitt offering someone from North Carolina hasn’t happened a lot, as Bly becomes only the third junior with a Panther offer: TE Lawson Albright (Greensboro) and DT Payton Page (Greensboro) are the others.