Chris Jordan Talks In-Depth of Decision

Chris Jordan, Scout.com four-star running back from Brentwood, (Tenn.), Academy, helped propel Alabama into the top five national recruiting rankings when he committed to the Tide. Jordan talks in-depth about his decision.

"I committed to Alabama Sunday around 12:00 p.m. when I met with coach [Nick] Saban," said Chris Jordan. "Coach Saban was real excited when I told him about my decision. He was real happy and said that it was great. He couldn't wait to get me there."

"I was searching for a gut feeling. I slept on it. The day before I wasn't sure if I was going to commit. Early in the conversation with coach Saban I told him this was the place for me. He was very happy to hear it."

"He has put a lot of work in recruiting me and stayed in contact more than any other head coach."

"My mom really helped me with my decision. We talked about it the day before. We talked about Clemson and Alabama. She said she really liked Alabama. I prayed about it and felt a good feeling the next morning. I basically told coach Saban I was ready to stay."

"I was real impressed with the family-type atmosphere. Everyone acted like we were one big family the day I got there."

"My mom was really impressed with all the academics and how close the dorms were to the Business building. She was real impressed with the coaches and academics. That was the best thing she wanted for me."

There has been a lot of speculation of the position Jordan will play once he arrives on campus. The conversation with the Tide staff secured his feelings of where he will get his first look.

"The coaches want me to come in and play tailback," Jordan said. "I have a deep passion for playing offense. I told them my heart wasn't going to be in defense, and I didn't want to play it half-hearted. I feel great and confident about playing running back at Alabama."

"I talked to coach [Burton] Burns for a long time while I was at Alabama. He laid everything out for me. He showed me everything he is trying to teach his running backs. I already know a lot of it."

Jordan was hosted by another Tennessee native during his official visit. He spent plenty of time with future teammates during the trip as well.

"My host was Alex Watkins," he said. "He is a cool guy. He is a funny guy. It was good to hang out with him. I hung out with Devonta Bolton, Jerrell Harris, Star Jackson and Corey Smith."

"I was trying to talk Jerrell [Harris] into coming to Alabama with us. He said he wanted to get down there and see what it was like. It seems like he really enjoyed himself. I think Alabama has a great chance with him. I hope we get him because he is a great player and person. We had a lot of fun together."

"I really don't know much about the class. I know Devonta is a hard worker. Star is a good guy. We talked for a while. He ended up being a fun guy. I can see myself around those guys for the next four years."

Alabama and Clemson were the top two schools throughout Jordan's recruitment. He committed to the Tide Sunday, but gave his respect to the Tigers when he returned home.

"Right when I got home I called coach [Billy] Napier. I told him how much I appreciated his hard work in recruiting me. He wasn't mad at all. He was proud and glad I called him. He gave me advice and told me to keep doing what I was doing. Coach Napier and I had a real close relationship," Jordan said.

Jordan missed four games of his senior season, but finished the year with 182 carries for 1,160 yards and 16 touchdowns.


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