NAPLES – Jordan Persad-Tirone doesn’t know where he’d be without the game of football.
The 2018 Naples quarterback says football has truly helped his whole life.
A rising senior, Persad-Tirone shined in his first year under center for Naples varsity. The 5’10”, 170-pounder threw for 1,187 yards and 15 touchdowns while rushing for 587 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior.
He totaled three touchdowns in the Class 6A region quarterfinal win over Lehigh for the Golden Eagles (9-3). However, Naples lost in the following round failing to get back into the state final four after accomplishing that the year prior.
Persad-Tirone had to get up to speed after making the jump from JV.
“I learned pretty quick. learned that you can’t cut back and things are a lot faster and people are a lot bigger,” he told Prep Sports Scouting. “I really got a hold of it midway through the season.”
He says he has learned how to not be so hard on himself after every play. He feels more mature and has seen the game slow down, especially as a runner.
In the spring game, Persad-Tirone rotated alongside rising senior Kyle Lee at quarterback.
“Coach [Kramer] wants it to be a competition so I’m going to do a lot of extra things this summer to get my game to another level,” he said.
Naples is lucky to have 20th year head coach Bill Kramer. The longtime coach has led the Golden Eagles to the playoffs 16 times in the past 18 years. Persad-Tirone is grateful to have him to learn from.
“He’s a good coach. I really enjoy playing for him because he teaches us a lot of things,” Persad-Tirone said. “He teaches us a lot of football things but more about being a better man. He’s helped us all grow up.”
Starting his football life in the 5th grade, Persad-Tirone first lined up as a tight end and wide receiver. He started his Naples career as a safety on JV before moving to quarterback late his freshman season.
He points to elusiveness and speed as his biggest strengths. He simply loves running the ball he says. Persad-Tirone wants to slow down the game a bit more this season.
Persad-Tirone has run track since 8th grade and competes at Naples. He also played basketball briefly in 7th and 8th grade.
No offers have come just yet for him, but Navy is showing heavy interest in his services. Persad-Tirone says the coaching staff has talked with him often as of late.
His ultimate goal is similar to most football players, making it to college and becoming a starter and then landing in the NFL.
Persad-Tirone embraces his biggest asset, his legs. He gets out of the pocket and finds open space more often than not. That makes his game dangerous considering he is a solid passer and can confuse defenses with his dual-threat ability. 2017 is a big season for the rising senior. Expect him to turn many heads.
Favorite players to watch – Sean Taylor, Michael Vick
Playlist before games – Slow Jamz, hype up music
Favorite movies – Godfather, Rocky series
Favorite TV shows – The Office
Fun fact that you think nobody knows – “I love to bake and to cook. I make cannolis, apple crisp, spaghetti and baked ziti.”
Nicknames from teammates or friends – “JPT”
Game film: Persad-Tirone’s Hudl tape
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