Jawhar Jordan is headed back to The Empire State.
The speedy running back from Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton announced his commitment to Syracuse on Wednesday night, taking his first step toward returning to the state he originally called home.
"I just felt very comfortable with the coaches," Jordan told Scout.com. "I've got a great connection with the coaches and they've showed me a lot of love, which not only me but my family appreciated as well. They stayed in contact with me for a while and, besides football, getting the Syracuse degree is great. I felt it's the program that would benefit my future the most.
"There is no place like home. That was the first thing I thought of -- being able to go back and play in front of family and friends."
"It came down to prayers," Jordan said. "I consulted with my parents and coaches, and decided Syracuse was the best for me.
"I've talked to coach (Justin) Lustig and they want me to be their feature back. They've already got a fullback type, three-yard gain type of back, Akeem Dixon, and I think we should be able to work together in that offense."
Jordan, rated No. 1 among running backs in Arizona and No. 6 overall in the West region for the 2018 class, said he intends to shut down the recruiting process and focus on Syracuse. He said he might attempt to sign early, too.
"I just want to build my team right now and my senior year," Jordan said.
The 5-foot-10, 160-pound Jordan was credited with 1,269 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns on 165 carries in 12 games as a junior last season.