Surprise! DeAndre Jordan Decides!

DeAndre Jordan had trimmed his list to a handful of schools and was thought to be narrowing his recruiting process. On Thursday night,'s No. 2 center in the nation, narrowed his list even further and made a commitment to play in the Big 12.

The Texas A&M Aggies added the highest rated recruit of Billy Gillispie's tenure in College Station Thursday night. DeAndre Jordan, presently ranked No. 26 in the Top 100, committed to the Aggies.

Jordan, a 6-foot-11 standout from Houston's Episcopal High, is rated the No. 2 center prospect in the country.

"I just felt it was time and that it was a good decision for me," Jordan said. "They develop players and I have a strong relationship with the coaches. I played with a few players on their team and they're an up and coming program."

DeAndre Jordan
Jordan's pledge to the Aggies is significant. The Aggies were in the hunt with Florida, Florida State, LSU, Texas and Indiana for Jordan's services. In early July, Jordan was named to the all-star game at the Reebok ABCD Camp where he averaged 10.9 points and 4.3 rebounds. He scored 16 points in the all-star game. He was named senior camper Co-MVP.

Long considered one of the premier big man talents in the Class of 2007, it's Jordan's long term potential that will get Aggies fans excited. He's shown the ability to be a strong finisher and shot blocker. As a junior, Jordan averaged 16 points, 14 rebounds and 7 blocks.

The center could wind up being a breakthrough recruit for the Aggies. Gillispie, since his arrival on campus, has been strong with a number of Top 100 prospects but Jordan is the first recruit from inside the Top 50 to pick the Aggies.

He's young with room to grow. Two years ago, Gillispie took another young big man named Joe Jones and crafted him into one of the top insiders in the Big 12. Jordan has that same type of potential but in an even more outstanding body with superior length.

The tag of "best recruit Gillispie signed at A&M" isn't going to go to Jordan's head. He told that he's ready to help this program get to another level but it's not all about him. "You can't get big headed. You have to go in there and help the team and help them win."

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