Ohio State Defensive Assistant, Pass-Rush Specialist Brandon Jordan No Longer With Program

By Chase Brown on May 15, 2024 at 10:57 am
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One of Ohio State's defensive assistants has left the program.

An Ohio State football spokesperson confirmed to Eleven Warriors on Wednesday that Brandon Jordan, a defensive assistant and pass-rush specialist for the Buckeyes, is no longer with the program.

Jordan arrived in Columbus in February after spending one year as a pass-rush specialist for the Seattle Seahawks. The New Orleans native had previous coaching experience at Missouri S&T (2012), McKendree University (2013), Austin Peay (2013-2015), John Ehret High School (2016-18) and Michigan State (2022).

Ohio State hired Jordan to its support staff after it considered using its 10th full-time assistant spot to hire a second defensive line coach to work with Larry Johnson. However, the Buckeyes used that opening to promote James Laurinaitis to linebackers coach.

In three months at Ohio State, Jordan instructed the Buckeyes' defensive linemen in all 15 spring practices, including Ohio State's spring game on April 13. Jordan primarily worked with defensive ends JT Tuimoloau, Jack Sawyer, Caden Curry and Kenyatta Jackson, among others, on their pass-rush moves. He also spent time developing the same techniques with Tyleik Williams, Ty Hamilton and the team's defensive tackles.

Following his departure from Ohio State, it is unclear where Jordan will land next. Six years after he started coaching in 2012, Jordan founded Brandon Jordan Trench Performance in 2018. Through his company, Jordan has worked with over 200 NFL players, including Cameron Heyward, T.J. Watt, Von Miller, Chandler Jones and Jadeveon Clowney, among others.

Ohio State will still have an assistant defensive line coach on staff to work alongside Larry Johnson in graduate assistant LaAllan Clark, who is entering his second year with the Buckeyes.

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