HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Jordan Ta’amu is used to being an underdog.
Overlooked as a dual-threat quarterback coming out of Pearl City High School, Ta’amu took the Junior College route before finding his way to Ole Miss, where he took over the reigns of the Runnin’ Rebels offense from Shea Patterson.
But even after finishing second in the SEC in passing yards and seventh in the entire country in the same category as a senior, Ta’amu finds himself looking for the next step to take on the path less travelled heading into the final day of the 2019 NFL Draft.
With Rounds 4-7 quickly approaching, it’s a possibility that Ta’amu will receive a call from one of 32 NFL franchises during the draft. It’s also possible that the phone might not ring on draft night. However Saturday’s Round 3 pans out, Ta’amu will be prepared to put the work in. After all, his determination is what got him here today.
"It's just been a crazy journey that God has been apart of,” Ta’amu said. “Starting from a small Division II school at Pearl City then going to a a junior college in the middle of New Mexico -- in the middle of nowhere -- and then at Ole Miss getting ready to face the biggest weeks of my life ... it's just been a crazy journey for me.”
The era of great-Hawaii quarterbacks is well underway on the college football scene and soon, it will reach the heights of the NFL. Historically speaking, Hawaii’s past island-born signal-callers haven’t made the leap to the NFL, with only two other Hawaii-born quarterbacks ever being drafted.
Nevertheless, Ta’amu remains steadfast in preparations for upcoming NFL training camps whether he gets drafted or not. The only guarantee in this whole process is that his family will be there by his side no matter what.
“Growing up in high school and at my junior college, they told me not to give up. That’s what its all about is just family having my back,” he said. “I love showing people that I can do things that they say I can’t and it’s just a mindset that i have. I’m always a competitor in my heart and I always compete. And no matter where I’m at, I’m always going to try and compete and be the best guy there.”
Saturday’s third round of the 2019 NFL Draft begins at 6 a.m. HT live on ESPN.