FAIRMONT — Leading into high school football practice starting on Monday, The Robesonian’s sports staff is publishing a countdown of the top 15 players in Robeson County, and Fairmont’s Jordan Waters is No. 2 on the list.
A recent commit to Duke, Waters has been a steady target for the Golden Tornadoes’ quarterbacks the past three seasons, and now is looking to make the most of his last high school season.
Last season, Waters was the team’s leading receiver last season with 976 yards and nine touchdowns. As a sophomore he reached 1,003 yards and 10 touchdowns. While Waters saw a slight downturn in his numbers, Fairmont missed the playoffs for the first time since since 2012 with a 5-6 record. That doesn’t cut it for the senior receiver.
“I’m pretty confident. I feel like we can be pretty good,” Waters said. “We had a good team last year. We just didn’t play up to our standards. It’s just about playing the same way every Friday night.”
“We’ve got a couple quarterbacks back there, and they are pretty good,” Waters said. “We will just have to see what they’ve got.
“I’m trying to get to the playoffs and make us way better than we played last year. We’ve got some good athletes and if they play to their best, we can be pretty good.”
As for what Waters wants to complete this season for the Golden Tornadoes, it’s not as much about the stats.
“That season last year didn’t go as planned so I really don’t care about what I’m doing. I just care about the team,” Waters said.
As a top target for his team the last two years, Waters is used to drawing attention, and it paid dividends last year with Jayvon Morris taking advantages of focused defenses. In that regard, that’s how Waters is trying to make the team better.
“All eyes are going to be on me so that’s going to leave (Morris) open, Nafountay (Cromartie) and everybody open,” Waters said. “We’ve got something for that. That double-coverage isn’t going to work this year.”
On top of being a top-tier athlete in the area with Division I football attention drawn to him, Fairmont head coach Kevin Inman said his football IQ is just as important to his skill set has his eyes to find the football.
“He’s a physical kid, no matter where he is at on the field,” Inman said. “He can fit in the slot or at running back or at split end or safety. He’s a smart kid that likes to win and will lead.”
Fairmont hosts Douglas Byrd on Aug. 17.
Jonathan Bym can be reached at 910-816-1977 or by email at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @Jonathan_Bym.