Chandler Standout Loading Up On Offers

Chandler (Ariz.) High School enjoyed a long awaited resurrection in 2006. At the forefront of a solid 11-2 season, was 6-6 215 wide receiver Dion Jordan. Consequently, his talents didn't go unnoticed by Pac-10 schools, including the Sun Devils. Devils Digest talked to Jordan who's been receiving a lot of recruiting attention these days.

"I got offered by Arizona State two weeks ago," said Dion Jordan. "I expected to get an offer from them, but was kind of surprised that it happened this early. I wasn't really getting recruited by ASU until Coach Erickson got there."

Jordan, who as a wide receiver caught 54 balls for 804 yards and 13 TDs in 2006, is being recruited as a tight end, with the notion that he'll have to put on 30 or more pounds to play the position. "I have a good combination of size and speed," he said as he self-assessed his skills. "So I can do a lot of different things on the field. I can get by smaller defenders. I still need to improve my knowledge of the game, like reading coverages. I've only been playing since 8th grade." Jordan also played defensive end this past season and recorded 30 tackles, three sacks and two fumble recoveries in his junior year. He was named 1st team all-region and 1st team all-state by the Arizona Football Coaches Association.

Aside from ASU, Oregon State, Oregon, UCLA, Washington State, Arizona, Hawaii, and Colorado are some of the programs that have extended offers to Jordan thus far. "I'm really not worried about where I want to go to college," he noted. "I'm more worried about school and getting my grades up. I really need to focus on school and I have some work to do so I can qualify. The fact that I know I can get a college scholarship motivates me to do well in school."

The wide receiver plans to attend ASU's summer camp in June, as well as showing up at some of the Sun Devils' spring practices. He'll also be busy in the spring competing in the 300 meter hurdlers (has a best time of 38.28), and the 110 hurdles track and field events where he was in the finals as a sophomore. "I'm expecting to win those this year," he commented.

The Wolves had one of their best seasons in recent memory despite losing some talented players going into last season. "We had a lot people step up and we surprised a lot of people," remarked Jordan. "People started taking us seriously. We turned the corner and now people are starting to worry when they know that they have to play Chandler. We bring a big crowd wherever we play. We have a very good team coming back next year."

Jordan admitted that the recruiting process right now is "kinda crazy…for us juniors it's all new having all these D-I coaches come and visit us at the school. It's kind of surprising. But you get used to it and start having good relationships with the coaches."

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