One of Maryland’s most coveted class of 2016 recruits was back in College Park, Md., for an impromptu visit July 30. Gilman (Baltimore, Md.) defensive tackle Ellison Jordan, who has held a Terps offer since his freshman year, took in the local school with his family and had the opportunity to tour the campus, learn about the educational opportunities, and spend time with the staff once again. The 6-foot-2, 250-pounder didn’t want to call Maryland a favorite just yet, but it’s clear both he and his parents remain highly interested in Randy Edsall’s program and what it stands for.
“I really like being at UMD since it’s close to home and I really like the school, the structure of the campus and everything like that,” said Jordan, who also holds early verbals from Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Marshall and Virginia Tech. “What was different about the visit [July 30] was me and my family saw a lot of the campus and got to sit down with the academic counselors as well. We talked about how the thinks like study hall, tutoring and managing your time will work if I were to come to UMD for school.”
The Gilman plugger has oft-stated his intended field of study will be communications since he wants to be a sports broadcaster. And considering Maryland’s respected journalism program and penchant for producing reporters, it’s no surprise Jordan is intrigued.
“I am really interested in majoring in communications to become a broadcaster for sports or news at whatever school I go to, but what is really good about Maryland’s program is they have so many recognizable people who are doing broadcasting,” Jordan said. “ESPN, Nightly News, NBC for the D.C.-metro area – you name it they are everywhere in broadcasting. And that is what is sticking out to me.”
The Terps’ staff has done its due diligence as well. Area recruiter Andre Powell, defensive line coach Chad Wilt, Edsall and others like Mike Locksley have all connected with Jordan and his family.
“I really like all the coaches there, they are really cool,” said Jordan, who spent a good amount of time with Wilt in particular July 30. “Coach Powell is always a guy that I can have funny conversations with. And Coach Wilt is the same way, but we talk we both get fired up about things most of the time. We don’t talk about football, we talk about just life in general.”
Like most recruits, the Big Ten move, the Under Armour connection and other aesthetics also appealed. But Jordan did say he’s not that concerned with early playing time or even Maryland’s relative need for defensive linemen.
“Me and my parents agree on taking me time and letting God see what will happen with getting playing time in college,” he said. “And even Coach Wilt talked to me [July 30] about making sure I take my time with this recruiting process and enjoying it, because once it’s over it’s over. So right now I am taking my time with things and seeing what God’s plan is for me.”
This summer Jordan has spent most of his time in the weight room and working out with his team, precluding him from taking too many visits. He was at Maryland’s Big Show event back in June, and after that he attended a camp at Penn State and visited Florida State.
“Unfortunately [PSU and FSU] did not offer me,” Jordan said. “But [next] I will be going down to Virginia Tech [July 31] to see Coach Moorehead, Coach Loeffler, Coach Wiles, Coach Bud Foster and Coach Frank Beamer.”
While Jordan does have several solid options like Tech and Maryland on the table, he has no plans to commit anytime soon. His main focus is on improving, helping his team and winning an MIAA A-Conference title.
“I have no clue when I am going to commit. I haven’t really got a chance to check out a lot of the schools that have offered me like Michigan State, Georgia Tech, Marshall…” Jordan said “And other schools that will hopefully recognize me as a good player but most importantly a good person. So I am just taking my time. I’ve got a lot of praying and thinking to do with God.”
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