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The Interviews: Walden Grove standout receiver Jordan Lopez commits to NAU

Jordan Lopez: WR 6-1/200 (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Walden Grove standout Jordan Lopez announced his commitment to play for NAU on Monday. Lopez finished his career at Walden Grove with 2,277 yards receiving (21.9) with 28 TDs.

We asked Lopez about football and his path to NAU:

Q: When did you start playing football and what other sports did you play growing up?

A: I started playing ever since I could remember, I don’t remember a time of me not playing football. Growing up I played baseball, soccer, ran for a track club and football.

Who were your role models growing up?

Like many other kids my parents were my role models, they’ve always supported me in everything I’ve done, they’ve never missed a sporting event of mine. They just have done it all for me.

Did your parents coach you?

My parents never coached me, I learned that the hard way cause in pee wee football I didn’t get much playing time at all because the coaches were always putting their kids in and finally when I got to high school, the coaches realized I was actually pretty damn good so they used me right and helped me develop to where I am today.

Tell us about your commitment to NAU.

NAU has everything I wanted. The education is great there and it’s just a beautiful place and it’s the right amount of distance to where I’m far away from home but at the same time I’m close so I like that. They have a great coaching staff which had been following me since my junior year and stuck with me and I’m grateful for the opportunity. I’m ready to work and show that a lot of schools missed out and prove to them why I’m actually good, not just because I have bad competition.

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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