"He's just athletically very gifted"

Chris Jordan has faxed his letter of intent to the University of Alabama. Jordan and his high school coach give Scout.com a signing day story.

Chris Jordan
6-2, 208, RB/LB
Brentwood Academy (Brentwood, Tenn.)
Scout.com four-star recruit

Why Alabama?: "I chose Alabama mainly because of my official visit. I went up there with my mom and dad. The day before I ate breakfast with coach Saban. I had a real good feeling about Alabama. I ate breakfast with coach Saban and the coaches and decided Alabama was the place for me. I loved the coaching staff, and the people down there," Jordan said.

On Coach Nick Saban as a recruiter: "Coach Saban did a fantastic job recruiting me. I did not have a head coach call me as much as he did or send me as many letters. He and coach Curt Cignetti did a great job recruiting me."

Coach Ralph Potter: "Well I think physically he's a very gifted young man. I think that he has a great heart about him. He's got great character. He's always going to do the right thing as far as I can see."

"He has a really compassionate side to him in a lot of ways. I think he'll be a good leader on the team. He will fit well there. He's athletically just very gifted and was able this year to fight through a pretty severe injury. He played all year with a high ankle sprain that required surgery after the season was over. I think he showed a lot of toughness and durability by doing that."

"They want him as a running back, and that's at least where he will start out and try. I think he could play linebacker too though. I'll leave that to Alabama."

Bio: Jordan soldiered through a senior season with a nagging high ankle sprain that required post-season surgery, but the running back racked up big numbers for his Brentwood Academy team.

The first-team TSWA All-State honoree played in 11 games and rushed for 1,258 yards on 197 carries. The solid back averaged 6.3 yards per carry and scored 18 touchdowns. He averaged 112.1 yards per game and his longest run was 66 yards. He also hauled in three passes for 85 yards with a 77-yard long and another touchdown. Jordan was named the Tenneessean's All-Mid-State Second-Team Offense Running Back 2007.

Analysis: Jordan has a good combination of size, speed and power. He hits the hole hard and has the ability to break tackles. Jordan runs with good leg drive and always keeps his legs moving, giving great effort. He is one of those backs who has the ability to get yards after the first contact, and he runs with excellent balance. Jordan is a long strider with good athleticism.

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