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Early enrollee Jordan plans summer decision

IMG Academy, Florida is the home of talented wide receiver Jalen Jordan. The interest in Jalen is picking up. Look for Jalen’s offer list to grow as the spring evaluation period approaches.

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Georgia Tech, Boston College, and Troy are the three schools that have offered Jordan thus far. He is also getting attention from Auburn, Georgia, Iowa State, Notre Dame, South Carolina, and Tennessee. “They haven’t offered yet but they are recruiting me pretty hard and telling me that they are close to offering.”

Tech was the first school to offer Jordan. “I’m glad Georgia Tech offered. I attended high school close to their campus and I know the area well. Now that I’m at IMG for my last year of football, I could see myself back up there.”

Jalen is familiar with the Tech offense and knows that Coach Paul Johnson puts receivers in the pros. “Their offense forces a lot of one on ones with the defensive backs and that is a wide receiver’s dream.” Jalen is not adverse to the idea that he’ll have to block in the spread option offense. “Their offense isn’t a deterrent at all. I feel it makes you a more complete wide receiver to be honest.”

A return visit to Tech is in the works for Jordan. Last year, he attended the Tech summer camp. “That is where I earned my scholarship.” Jordan may attend the camp this summer. He’s not sure if his visit will be in early summer or just after spring practice. “I just know I will go back again. I loved it up there the first time.”

Jordan is also currently planning other visits. “I’d like visit the schools that offer.” Jalen would also like to visit some of the schools that haven’t offered to get better acquainted with the schools and their coaching staffs.  

A decision on his college choice will probably come from Jordan before the start of his senior year. “I will be an early enrollee so I want to have that decision done before the season starts so I can enjoy the last four months of my high school life.”

Finding a school where he would feel comfortable if he wasn’t playing football will be a big factor for Jalen in making his college choice. “I take my education seriously so I want a coach and school that puts players out in great jobs after their football playing days are over.” Jalen will also be looking at the team chemistry at the schools he’s considering. Jalen hopes to start his own company once his playing days are over. Finding a good business school will factor into his decision.


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