Thorpe is an athletic playmaker with the ability to play several positions, but sees the most time at quarterback for the Eagles.
Standing at 6’2, 185 pounds, Thorpe can easily slide into multiple positions at the next level, with plenty of time to still grow!
Thorpe also has the speed to play at the next level, as he already posts a 4.6 in the forty-yard-dash, as well as a pro shuttle of 4.62 and a L-Drill of 7.47, to go along with broad jump of 8’4!
While Thorpe did not get to have a season due to Covid-19, that does not keep him from being motivated and hungry for the future.
“Obviously it was disappointing to not have a season this fall,” Thorpe said. “However, all it has done is motivate me to be better this offseason, and prepare me for my junior season. I plan to attend a ton of camps this summer, in hopes to make up for the lost time.”
Although that sophomore season did not happen, Thorpe showed a ton of upside as a freshman, proving that there is a lot to look forward to in his next two years.
As a freshman playing behind a few seniors, Thorpe was still able to amass 445 All-Purpose yards, as well as 2 touchdowns. He also started 9 games as a freshman on defense and totaled 35 tackles at defensive back. Thorpe also saw time as a kick returner.
Stats aside, Thorpe knows that he has to do certain things that will set him apart from other players in the country.
“I feel like my versatility is something that can make an impact on every game,” Thorpe said. “I am also a leader, and I lead my teammates in a positive manner. Our roster turnover is high every year, so it is important that I remain stable and adaptable, and I do that well.”
It’s always great to know yourself and what you do well, so that you can help the team. It is also a great thing to have the approval of your head coach, and Thorpe has that as well!
“Jayden is the best athlete I have coached in my career,” head coach Wes Arnold said. “He has incredible arm strength to go along with unbelievable athleticism. He is an opposing defense’s worst nightmare as he is a threat to run or throw on every play and is a dynamic playmaker.
“If we would have had a season this past fall he would have turned a lot of heads. We are looking forward to big things this fall for his junior season. He has all the intangibles to go along with great character and he is a hard worker in the classroom. His brother played DB at East Carolina, so he is from a long line of great athletes in his family.”
The part about being a hard-worker in the classroom is certainly true, as Thorpe holds a 3.1 GPA, which is more than enough to generate college interest at the next level. We look forward to seeing Thorpe play over the next few years, and hope to see great things!