Duke In It For Big Time OT

Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline receiver Kasen Williams will be cutting his list down in the coming weeks, and he already knows a few schools that will be making the cut...

Tommy Jordan, the 6-foot-5, 295-pound four-star offensive lineman from Ridgefield, Conn., has scholarship offers from Duke, Rutgers, Florida and Boston College.

Jordan, ranked as the No. 18 offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com, now favors Boston College slightly over Rutgers, Florida, Duke, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Penn State and North Carolina.

"I think Boston College has a slight edge because of the distance," Jordan said. "They're only like two and half hours away and I've been there a bunch of times and feel comfortable there already."

He says the Eagles are recruiting him the hardest. "They send a lot more mail and I talk with them quite a bit," he said.

"It's also a great school," he said about Boston College. "And it reminds me of my hometown. It's pretty similar and then it has Boston right there, which is a great city."

Although the Eagles are Jordan's top choice, he says he grew up following Florida. "I have an aunt that lives in Gainesville and I've always like Florida," he said.

The Gators were his first scholarship offer last September and he's already visited them as well. "You have to like how they are contenders for the national title every year," Jordan said. "The coaches really stand out too. Coach Urban Meyer and (offensive coordinator/offensive line) coach Steve Addazio are great. I've met them a few times already.

"Coach Addazio is really intense and is never down," he said. "He brings it everyday. The whole staff there are capable of coaching any team to a national title."

Jordan will be heading back to Gainesville later this summer. He says he'll also visit Boston College and Rutgers again as well.

"I was at Rutgers for the first time a few weeks ago and it blew me away," he said. "The coaches, the facilities, the atmosphere…it was amazing. It's a big-time program and I was surprised by that."

Jordan admits that before visiting the Scarlet Knights, he wasn't paying serious attention to them. "It definitely changed my mind about them," he said. "They have state-of-the-art facilities. I didn't know what to expect and it was great."

Another school that Jordan plans to visit this summer is Duke. "I like that they're a smart school," he said. "They have great academics, but the football team is on-the-rise."

He says he's also impressed by Duke head coach David Cutcliffe. "I like him a lot," he said. "He turned down the Tennessee job to stay with his kids at Duke and that says a lot about him and the program. He must really believe in what they're doing."

Although Jordan's other favorites, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Penn State and North Carolina, haven't offered yet, he says they're all recruiting him.

"I think Wisconsin is close to offering," he said. "My coaches are in contact with them a lot.

"I've talked to Notre Dame a little," he said. "But we're still sending them some tape."

Jordan says he'll likely commit before the start of his senior season. "I'm not opposed to committing early, but I'll probably take a little more time," he said. "Ideally I'd like to get it done before my season starts so I can play with a clear head."

So what is Jordan looking for in a program? "I'm looking for a school that contends and plays in the big games," he said. "I also want to get a feeling for the depth chart too and see who's gonna be in front of me and what my chances of playing are gonna be."

Jordan says he can bench 320-pounds.

"I play with a lot of intensity," he said. "I like being physical and I'm pretty strong too and can physically dominate my opponents. I'm also a good leader and I like getting my team involved.

"But I'm still working on my technique and overall skills," he said. "I want to improve my hands and get faster."

Jordan reports a 3.0 core GPA and took the ACT on April 10 for the first time.


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