Jordan continues run with Gators offer

The Florida Gators have had a lot of luck recruiting Jacksonville lately and especially along the offensive line. The Gators signed three from Jax this month and now have turned their attention to 2015 where a big one looms at Bishop Kenny. Tyler Jordan has been picking up steam and now has 12 offers well before his senior season.

The offer from Florida came on Monday. By this point the offers aren't a surprise for Tyler Jordan, but this one was something different. Florida's offensive coordinator Kurt Roper now recruits the Jacksonville area and is the point man on Jordan who also talked with head coach Will Muschamp.

"I was emailing back and forth with Coach Roper and then he gave me his number to call him after workouts," Jordan said Monday. "I called him real quick and they basically told me they really liked me and Coach Muschamp wanted to talk to me. So Coach Muschamp told me he liked me and basically that they wanted to offer me a scholarship.

"It definitely peaks my interest. I grew up a Gator fan so I am definitely interested.

"Coach Roper says that I play the game right way. I am aggressive and I finish blocks. That is something I got from my offensive line coaches (at Bishop Kenny).

Jordan went on a crazy tour over the weekend visiting four different institutions. He went in with one scholarship offer from the bunch, but walked away with one from each after they met him in person.

"Friday I visited Wake Forest, they offered me that day," he said. "On Saturday I went to North Carolina's Junior Day, they had already offered me. Saturday afternoon I visited North Carolina State and they offered me. On the way home I stopped by South Carolina and they offered me as well."

He is having a good time with the recruiting process and really enjoyed the sights over the weekend. On Tuesday he also got a Georgia offer and everything is coming so quickly for him, he knows he has to start taking notes about each program.

"It is all coming so fast," he said. "I am starting to do my research a little bit and then I will start formulating a list of schools. Right now I have a lot of choices. It feels really good."

He is already taking notes wherever he visits.

"I like to show up and take in and absorb everything that is around me," he said about visiting a school. "When I leave I write notes about what I like and didn't like… the pros and cons about being there. I have been making a list on my IPad for all the schools I have visited."

Wake Forest gets points for a contemporary business school, he saisd that was one of the coolest things he has seen so far.

"I went into Wake Forest's business building and it is brand new," Jordan said. "It is really, really nice. It is newly built with three stories to it. Everything is modernized and new."

He plays left tackle for Bishop Kenny, where most high schools play their best lineman. However, most schools are telling the 6-foot-4.5, 270 pounder that they see him at guard with the way he plays and his body type.

"Some schools are telling me that I am athletic enough to play tackle, but my size is more of guard or center," he said. "Coach Fedora at North Carolina said I would be playing at center or guard, just like Muschamp told me. At NC State they told me I would be playing tackle."

The Florida offer has him ready to visit and he plans on a couple of trips to Gainesville this month.

"I am going to go to the Junior Day on January 22, and I am also going this Monday," he said. "I have a day off, Coach Roper invited me up there, and thought I might as well go up there and spend some time with the coaches. His 3.7 GPA makes him very attractive to schools and opens the doors to programs that can only recruit to high academic standards. Academics are a big part of what he is looking for in a school.

"It will be a lot of things really," he said of what he will base his final decision on. "The academics will be a big part of it. I would like to stay on the East coast, but am willing to go anywhere. I would like to have a good relationship with the coaches and the players."


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