Standout Linebacker Likes Tigers

One of the best linebacker prospects in the country talks recruiting and the Auburn Tigers.

Hollywood, Fla.--One of the country's top linebacker prospects, Chaminade-Madonna standout Jordan Futch, has offers from all over the country, but says at the moment he's just trying to enjoy the attention before he begins to narrow down his list of schools.

A powerful player who most coaches are looking at as an outside linebacker on the next level because of his combination of size and speed, Futch says he's still surprised by how much attention is coming his way, but he's just trying to take it in stride.

"It has picked up a little bit," Futch tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It has gotten busier since the spring started. The coaches can call now and they have been texting more than usual. It has picked up a lot in that regard."

A 6-4, 215 linebacker with a best time of 4.56 in the 40-yard dash and a nose for the football, Futch has been a standout on the field since starting as a sophomore for Monsignor Pace High in Miami, A starter in his first season at Chaminade-Madonna as a junior, Futch did enough on the field to have schools falling all over themselves trying to get his attention. That's evident by the number of offers he holds at the moment.

"I just got offers from North Carolina and Louisville," Futch says. "That makes 24 or 25 now. It's a tough process to begin to narrow those down, but when you know what you want and you go in with the right mindset it makes it better to start narrowing it down. When you figure out what you want in a school that always helps."

Jordan Futch is one of the top linebacker prospects in the country.

While he hasn't officially narrowed his list to a certain amount of schools, Futch says at the moment there is a group that stands out to him more than others. "If I had to make a list I would take Miami, Auburn, Florida State, Florida, Georgia and Wisconsin. I have offers from all of them."

Auburn is a school that has a long history of developing prospects from South Florida into quality football players with several moving on to the NFL after their days are done as a Tiger. Futch says that's just one of the reasons why he's very interested in Auburn's program.

"I have been there before," Futch says of Auburn. "I have a friend, Bryant Miller, who came there from Central (Miami). He's there now and I talk to him. He says it's a great school, a great learning environment. He says they have great coaching.

"I have spoken with Coach (Eddie) Gran and Coach (Tommy) Tuberville. They were cool and down to earth guys. They told me the good things about the team and told me the bad things about the team, what they are looking to improve. It was just an all-around great conversation with great people.

"They are just great guys and from what Bryant tells me it's a great school with great teammates. Everybody is with each other and it's a very family-oriented environment. He just says everybody is friendly with each other and they all work hard together."

While Futch has had conversations with several Auburn coaches, the opportunity to speak with his good friend Miller about the program has been something very beneficial to him. After riding along with Miller and his father to Auburn last summer when Miller moved on the campus, Futch says he has learned a lot about Auburn from his friend and thinks it's important to have someone on the inside willing to tell him what he needs to know about Auburn to make an educated decision when the time comes.

"I think it's great because now I get the inside scoop about what's really going on behind the scenes, things the coaches won't tell you or aren't going to mention to you," Futch says. "I get to see how Auburn really is instead of just the football sense. I want to hear about school life and outside of school, how the town is and how people are around town."

As a junior Futch made 92 tackles, 15 tackles for losses, six forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, two blocked punts, three blocked field goals and an interception on defense. He also played some offense and will increase that time even more this season as a part-time tight end.

Futch says he plans to camp at Auburn, Miami, Florida, Florida State, Georgia and possibly Wisconsin along with several teammates this summer.

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