32 degrees Fahrenheit is the freezing point of water. But if you have been in Boise the last you days, it has been anything but freezing. Now that we have 32 days until kickoff we are going to check-in with—Jordan Happle
#32, Jordan Happle, RS Freshman, S
Height: 5’ 11”
High School: Jesuit HS, Portland, OR
How'd he get to the Blue™?
Mr. Happle had a bit of a smaller recruiting pool. Hawaii, Eastern Washington, Montana State, Northern Arizona were the other schools to invite him to come play. He chose correctly by deciding to commit, and eventually sign, with the Broncos. Mr. Happle was a three-star recruit according to 247Sports and a two-star per Rivals.
Eh. This will make sense in a minute.
He redshirted last year for the Broncos so his highlights are not going to be on the collegiate level. Yet. So we will have to munch on his high school accolades.
As a junior and senior at Jesuit HS, Mr. Happle was the Metro League Defensive Player of the Year. He was a first-team selection at both safety and wide receiver. He helped get his team to the league championships three years in a row (sophomore through senior) finally notching a state championship win his senior season. In the wide receiver position he caught 50 passes for 779 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior.
The talented Mr. Happle is going to get some time at Safety this year. But, barring injury, he probably won’t start too many games since Deandre Pierce is the listed starter in the Free Safety slot and, to Mr. Pierce’s credit, he is kind of good too.
Happle is in the ‘on-deck’ slot with an OR designation with Evan Tyler. But that does not mean that Happle won’t get his chances. The Broncos have a really young secondary going into the season. Of the five guys in both of the safety slots, only one, Cameron Hartsfield, is an upper classman. Everyone else is a sophomore or ‘younger.’ So this is going to be a bit of a trial by fire for all of these guys. The youth movement in this secondary is going to help—eventually. But we may have some bumps in the road as these guys get their metaphorical footing. Heck, even their actual footing may be tested throughout the season.
I look forward to seeing Happle keep Pierce honest. I also look forward to Happle making some noise as he tries to move up the depth chart.
Is he on Twitter?
Yup! But he doesn’t tweet too often.
Happy birthday homie, miss you and hope you and your family are doin well @pbodi_2— Jordan Happle (@SnappleJuice20) April 25, 2017
Also: no way was I coming up with something better as his nickname.
Completely made up fact
Back in 2007 a 1,000-gallon swimming pool was stolen from someone’s backyard without a trace. We can’t be too sure that Mr. Happle wasn’t involved. But let’s just say that the excuse he would have been “too young” to steal something that big back in 2007 is a bit of a stretch.