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The senior-to-be rushed 1,467 yards and 23 touchdowns last season, helping to lead the Wildcats to the state playoffs.

PMG PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Westview running back Jordan Fisher runs through a Jesuit tackler during the Wildcats' game against the Crusaders last season. Fisher is looking for a big year during his senior campaign this fall.Jordan Fisher didn't always want to be a running back, but thankfully for the Westview Wildcats, he had a change of heart.

"When I was younger and before I started really playing football, I wanted to be a quarterback because they're the leader of the offense," Fisher said. "But when I got closer to actually playing, I realized with my height and size, it might not be my best position."

Fisher now checks in at 5-foot-8, 170 pounds. That might not be ideal for a quarterback, but it certainly suits a running back. And since the senior-to-be started running with the ball, rather than throwing it, he's become a major asset to the Cats.

"There's just something about having the ball in my hands and knowing I can make a play to change the game," Fisher said. "That's why I started playing running back, and that's what I love about it."

Fisher was a key contributor to last year's Westview team that finished 5-1 in the Metro League and 9-2 overall, with losses to just Metro champion Jesuit and eventual state runner-up Tualatin, who defeated the Wildcats 58-25 in the state playoffs' second round.

Fisher — along with senior standout receiver Darrius Clemons and junior quarterback Sam Leavitt — helped lead Westview offensively, single-handedly accounting for 1,467 regular-season rushing yards and 23 touchdowns and averaging more than 160 yards per game.

This coming season, with Clemons off to Michigan to play receiver for the Wolverines and Leavitt having transferred to West Linn, Fisher will assume more of a leadership role with the Wildcats — something he's looking forward to.

"We had a lot of juniors on last year's team, and while I helped make sure everything was running smoothly, Darrius and some of the other seniors were the real leaders," Fisher said. "But this year, we have guys like Campbell and Jackson Sager, Izzy (Chavez-Strand), me, and we're the real leaders of the team now, so it's a big responsibility. But I'm enjoying it."

Leavitt was a first-team All-Metro performer last season, so his absence will be felt. But Fisher said he's excited for this year's team and believes they'll be a force to be reckoned with come September.

PMG PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Westview running back Jordan Fisher hasn't decided on a college yet, but is excited for his senior season at Westview this fall."I feel great about our team," Fisher said. "We have a lot of returning linemen and some new guys that I feel can be really good, and we have a young quarterback who's been doing really great in practice. I feel really good about the team coming into the season."

Fisher doesn't do all his quality work on the field, either. He excels in the classroom, and that work has paid off to the tune of scholarship offers from the Army, Navy and Air Force academies. Additionally, he holds offers from Idaho, Idaho State, Montana State and Portland State, among other viable options.

Fisher isn't yet sure where he'll be headed to play collegiately, but he made it clear it won't just be about the football, but also the education that he takes very seriously.

"Education is really big to me," he said. "I want to go somewhere that when I get a degree, I can walk out of there and make some money and can be a man that people say holds a degree from a real good school. School is an important piece to me."

And what else excites him beyond the gridiron and classroom? Cooking.

Fisher is looking forward to helping his team be successful next season, and he is excited for college and hopefully the professional game — which has always been a dream of his — beyond that. But in addition to business and potentially law, the 17-year-old is also eyeballing a career in the kitchen.

"Being a chef is something that's always interested me," Fisher said. "My family is from the South and they love to cook, so just being in the kitchen and seeing my mom and dad and grandma make things, I've really gotten into it."

That's the future, but today is about continuing to excel, making his team better, and being more like his football idol, Barry Sanders.

"He could break one any time he got the ball and had the ability to make a play happen," Fisher said. "You didn't want to miss it when he had the ball, and that's what I'm trying to do."

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