The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a roster full of players, and we want to talk about them all. One Foot Down’s player profile series will take a look at every single one of them, and hopefully we all learn a little bit more about these guys, and Notre Dame’s chances for the upcoming 2020 season.
#2 Jordan Genmark Heath, Linebacker
Genmark Heath came to Notre Dame as a VERY addition to the 2017 recruiting class. He was ranked as a 3-Star Safety recruit in San Diego that held an offer list that was quite eclectic. It included some Pac-12 schools, Mountain West schools, The IVY, and fellow nerds Vanderbilt and Northwestern.
Jordan started out at safety at Notre Dame, but was then moved to Rover. Last year he made what seems to be his final move and slid over to the Buck. It’s a story much like former Irish great, Drue Tranquill — only much quicker.
Genmark Heath has just 42 tackles in 39 games with the Irish. He was behind Drue Tranquill and then Asmar Bilal — so his lack of production may not be entirely indicative of his actual potential. Still, with only one year of eligibility left, he has limited time to put his mark on the program.
The Swedish Chef was what you were thinking — and you are obviously wrong. A lot of times, spirit animals are trapped inside a person until they finally break free. Jordan has a wild-man inside of him (hey there D-Bob) and 2020 is the year he can let it all out.
Without 13 more spring practices and the Blue-Gold game to use as a measuring stick, it’s hard to know how Jordan’s future may look like. With the graduation of Asmar Bilal, there is a large hole at the Buck — but there are a large number of bodies gunning for that position. Again... it’s now or never for Genmark Heath. In those types of cases, we’ve seen players rise up and become really good players on the team — and we’ve also seen guys slip back into obscurity. I choose to believe that Jordan eventually does make that step and take over at the Buck for the Irish in 2020. In the end, however, only Clark Lea knows and I’m comfortable with that.