Volume one in our 4th annual SoFloBulls.com South Florida Football Highlights Series brings you one of 𝟯𝟬𝟱’𝘀 very own who showed out during his two seasons as a Bull. Our exclusive highlight reel is a calculated concoction of the Miami-Dade County native’s game changing plays from his final season adorning green and gold.
Without further ado, I proudly present our exclusive South Florida RB #𝗖𝗿𝗶𝗯𝗖𝗿𝗼𝗻𝗸 Jordan Cronkrite 2019 official highlights. (Twitter: @JCronkk // Instagram: @jcronk2) Cronk took the time to chop it up in a Q&A for the release of his made in Dade reel.
In 2019 Cronkrite was limited due to injuries, but still dashed for 687 yards on 136 carries (5.1) and four touchdowns in the 10 games he played. Cronkrite bursted on the Bulls scene in 2018, racking up 1,121 rushing yards on 184 touches (6.1) and nine touchdowns. Cronkrite shattered both the USF Program and American Athletic Conference single-game rushing records with his 302 yard, three touchdown performance against UMass in 2018.
Cronkrite became just the ninth 1,000+ rushing yard season in USF program history and tie the USF program record for consecutive 100+ yard rushing games with five.
Cronkrite starred at running back back for Sedrick Irvin at Westminster Christian High School where he racked up 3,179 rushing yards and 33 touchdowns while hauling in 38 passes for 604 receiving yards in his career as a Warrior.
Cronkrite was a consensus four star recruit rated 91 by 247 Sports, 80 by ESPN, the 25th best running back for the class of 2015 by Rivals, and the No. 51 running back in the class of 2015 by Scout. Cronkrite was selected to FHSAA’s 2014 Florida All-State 3A First-Team Offense along with fellow USF Bulls Jacob Mathis, Billy Atterbury, Chris Barr, and recently announced Stanford transfer Bo Peek. Cronkrite was also named to the 2014 All-Dade County First Team after rushing for 1,555 yards on 123 carries (12.6) and scoring 15 touchdowns his junior year.
I chopped it up with Jordan about his life and memories during his time at USF, hobbies, favorite rapper, and hidden gems in his hometown of Miami in the below Q&A, enjoy!
1. Which USF coach recruited you to Tampa after you decided to transfer from Florida? What sold you on making the move to the 813 to be a Bull?
JC: “Coach [Shaun] King and [Damon] Cogdell recruited me to USF. Ultimately it was [Charlie] Strong who gave me chance and had faith in me. I’ll be forever grateful.”
2. Who was your roommate at USF? Best friend at USF? Nickname? Favorite spot in Tampa? And what did you like the most about being a Bull?
JC: “Brett Kean, Mitchell Wilcox, Jarret Hopple. Best friend? That’s a tough one.. I would have to say Davion Sutton. He goes by ‘Sutt’. Favorite Tampa spot? Definitely Datz, no doubt. My favorite thing about being a Bull was everyone being so close, we were all brothers despite what we went through during my two seasons. We all stuck together as players.”
3. Word is Lil Durk is your favorite rapper. Why does his music speak to you, and what is your favorite Durk track?
JC: “Lmao, yeah he is my favorite! I like his flow and that he’s not main stream like everyone else. Favorite song is Public Housing.”
4. Fun fact no one really knows about you?
JC: “Fun fact? I was supposed to go to an art magnet school and not pursue football as much.”
5. My mom is from Coral Gables, but my sister found El Carajo and we all love it. It’s inside a BP Gas Station… I know but I swear the food is FIRE! Since it’s no secret you’re from the 305, what are your favorite local spots to grab fire lunch, dinner, or in-between? Any hidden gems or local spots you’re willing to share?
JC: “No Name Chinese is a hidden Miami gem. It’s on sunset. A must go.”
6. What is your favorite play as a Bull? Favorite play in your collegiate career? Favorite memory during your time at USF?
JC: “Favorite play as a bull was my first time getting in a game against Georgia Tech my junior year. Getting my first carry for the team felt amazing especially after sitting out the previous year. Favorite play in my career would have to be my first collegiate touchdown my freshman year at UF. The feeling of hearing the crowd roar was one I will never forget. I wouldn’t say I have a favorite memory honestly. I tried to enjoy everyday like it was my last and make the most out for every opportunity with the guys.”
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by Matthew Manuri
Publisher & Editor, SoFloBulls.com | @Mcknurkle