Sunday, May 3, 2015

Prairie View's Jordan DeWalt Ondijo signs with Philadelphia Eagles

When Jordan DeWalt-Ondijo was growing up in Prairie View, Texas and attending Waller schools, everyone knew that he was destined for greatness.

Jordan proved them right when this star defensive lineman for Duke University agreed to terms with the Philadelphia Eagles to join the National Football League organization as an undrafted free agent, one of 16 rookies signed on to play on May 2. In spite of not being drafted in the seventh round as others had hoped, Jordan achieved his dream of becoming a professional football player, an opportunity most of his contemporaries would love to embrace. Jordan signed a three-year contract with the eagles.

Jordan is son of Corliss Ondijo and Willie DeWalt and graduated from Duke in December, 2014 with a degree in political science and a certificate in markets and management. Jordan is graduate of Waller High School where he lettered two seasons under coach Jason Morley. Jordan helped lead the Bull Dogs to state the playoff appearance in 2009, recording eight sacks in his senior campaign enroute to earning first team All-District 184A honors. Jordan graduated from Waller High School with honors in 2010 and headed to Duke University. He was also a star basketball player whom others thought would play college basketball and football. Jordan decided to concentrate on football and his signing with the Eagles is the payoff.

At Duke, Jordan had 45 career-games with 22 starts, including all 13 of his senior year. He also posted 90 tackles, including 14.5 stops for lost yardage and 10.0 sacks. The Prairie View, Texas, product was credited with nine quarterback pressures, four caused fumbles and one fumble recovery during his time with the Blue Devils. DeWalt-Ondijo booked a career-high 2.0 sacks in contests at Troy (2014) and Virginia (2013) and turned in six career contests with five or more tackles and a personal-best seven tackles against Tulane in 2014. (See more stats here)

Jordan's family, friends and fans from Prairie View and Waller all expressed congratulations for his milestone achievement, which will bring some spotlight to the city and county for another hometown local making it to the big leagues. Duke University. Photo Credit: GoDuke.com

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