French Defensive end Jordan Avissey has transferred to Bethune Cookman University (NCAA D1: FCS) in Daytona Beach, Florida.
The 6’5 285lb 23-year-old is a native of Orleans, France. The athletic defensive end recently played for the University of Buffalo Bulls in 2020 notching 2 tackles in 5 games on the season, helping a 6-1 Bulls team win the Camellia Bowl. After entering the NCAA transfer portal earlier this year Avissey announced yesterday that he would be joining the Wildcats program. Avissey, who was born in Lome, Togo is inspired by the rich black history and culture that embodies Bethune-Cookman, a historically black University. The young man’s quotes show a deep appreciation for the pioneers of racial equality and social change. His decision goes beyond X’s and O’s showing a high level of maturity and passion for civil rights that is rare in a 23-year-old.
“This opportunity goes way beyond athletics because Bethune-Cookman is an HBCU. Instantly, I started thinking about the black individuals who impacted lives and achieved their dreams. I know I’m far from them in terms of accomplishments, but I’m proud to have a chance to be an actor of change. I feel blessed and ready to work. “
Avissey’s journey from France to Bethune-Cookman has not been a straight one. The Wildcats newest defender was an accomplished basketball player in his home country before finally coming to the gridiron at the late age of 19. After falling in love with American football, the Frenchman moved to Quebec, Canada and stayed with family while attending Cegep de Thetford Mines in hopes of earning a college football scholarship in the states. The gamble paid off, as Avissey garnered attention from multiple division one programs, earning offers from Colorado, Idaho, Temple, and Buffalo. The late blooming pass rusher eventually joined the Buffalo Bulls program, a team that has heavily recruited European players. Because of a redshirt year in 2019 and the pandemic shortened season in 2020, Avissey will enter the Bethune-Cookman program with three years of eligibility. Look for the big Frenchmen to make an immediate impact with the Wildcats this fall.