2012 East #62
High School Coach: Jason VanDerMaas
High School, Class: Croswell-Lexington, B
College: Central Michigan University
Michael is the son of Meta and Douglas Jorde. He is the fourth of six children. His brothers are Matthew (25), Daniel (23) Andrew (19), Benjamin (14), and his sister is Annelise (12).
Michael started playing football in seventh grade as a defensive end. He played both sides of the ball in eighth grade. In ninth grade he played linebacker and offensive tackle, and was moved up to varsity towards the end of his freshman year. He was a three-year starter on varsity as an offensive tackle. He also played linebacker in his sophomore year, then moved to defensive tackle his junior year, and defensive end in his senior year. Michael did not allow a sack throughout his high school career. He was voted lineman MVP, and one of four captains in his senior year.
Michael also played varsity basketball for two years, and competed in varsity track for four years, where he threw shot put, and discus. He was All League, All Area, and All Region in track.
Michael said, “First of all I thank God for giving me the opportunity to play football in the first place. I thank my family for supporting me all these years and driving me everywhere for college recruiting. I thank my head coach, Jason VanDerMaas, for giving me the opportunity to compete at the varsity level early on, and coach Chris Zelinski for working with me all these years, and always making sure I continually tried to get better and did not become complacent. I also thank my other coaches throughout the years who, not only made sure I became a better player, but instilled values that will play a key role in my life during football, and after athletics. I thank Mr. Don Dimick for helping me substantially with football, and always being brutally honest with me on my weak points and what I need to work on.”