BALTIMORE, Md. -- Gilman junior defensive tackle Ellison Jordan doesn't cite many hobbies, beyond of course football and, well, eating.
"I just love to eat. Any food, burgers, steaks, you name it," said the loquacious, and voracious, Greyhounds' sack machine with an early Terps offer and an ever-growing resume to match his frame.
The 6-foot, 260-pound younger version of Terps senior defensive end Andre Monroe (who he knows from the neighborhood), racked up three sacks (for minus-33 yards) and two TFLs (for minus-12 yards), along with a handful of tackles in Gilman's 49-0 rout of Anacostia on Sept. 12 at Gilman. As he tends to do, Jordan blew up and moved the pocket countless times, flushing the Anacostia quarterback with rip and swim moves ;past the linemen, as well as a motor that never stopped, and posted those numbers in about two quarters of play as Gilman (1-2) cleared the bench early in the third quarter.
"It is getting better with every game, learning not to do the same moves every single time because after doing that rip they got me some. So I am learning to do other things," Jordan said after the Sept. 12 game.
Jordan, who had gained a Boston College offer the night before to raise his offer total to eight, will visit Maryland unofficially for the Ohio State game next month.
He helped the Greyhounds bounce back after they got in an 0-2 season hole following losses to St. Edwards (OH) and Paramus Catholic (NJ) in the opening weeks. And the Sept. 12 win over Anacostia (Washington, D.C.) came without starting QB and future FSU Seminole Kai Locksley, who sat out with various injuries.
"Man, it was just like I did not want to lose, especially here on the Gilman field," Jordan said. "Paramus was a real good team...they are both top teams in their states....so I mean we take this win but we got some more tough ones coming up. So this was good."
Of those Monroe comparisons, who live just down the road from him in Bowie, he knows both brothers, including Ayron, the St. John's (DC) Penn State-bound senior safety.
"Oh yeah, a little bit," he joked of hearing the Andre Monroe comparison over the years. "I am just trying to work hard at everything I do. I am not satisfied, I want to do everything great. We just have keep working hard all the way through [the season finale] McDonogh."
Last week, Jordan had 2 tackles for loss against Paramus and several quarterback pressures, while he had 2 TFL's and even an 18-yard run off a trap play, perhaps Gilman's best offensive play of the day in the lopsided loss over Labor Day weekend.
He also liked the recent news of junior running back Lo Lo Harrison of DeMatha pledging early to Maryland.
"I know him real well, he is a real good player and I think real underrated," Jordan said of the Stags back who pledged to Maryland this month. "He is like a Maurice Jones-Drew type, short but real powerful and stocky. And we are cool, pretty cool. I hit him up on Twitter and stuff."
Jordan had hoped to make Maryland's West Virginia game this past weekend, but his brother, who attends school at McNamara, had a banquet the family attended.
So far, Maryland, BC, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Michigan State, Georgia Tech, Marshall and UNC-Charlotte have offered. Jordan is trying to get to all the schools unofficially over the next several months and year.
"I am really blessed by God. I have some really good opportunities," Jordan said of his offers. "I really want to show them interest like they offered me. My parents told me to not leave anything out."
Jordan runs a 5.0 40-yard dash, while he sports a 315 bench and 400-plus on the squat.
As for a college decision, Jordan wants to go through the process and take his visits before deciding.
"If I could, because they are all good schools, I would pick multiple schools," he quipped. "But you can only go to one so that is why I am going to go see them all, enjoy the process, find out all you can as you only go through this once."
Jordan has been following the Terps games, and joked it was bittersweet after they beat his mother's alma mater (James Madison) in the opener. Meanwhile, he is also hearing from Miami, South Carolina and Tennessee.
"I like Maryland. I am definitely going up to visit for that Ohio State game," Jordan said. "It's exciting and they have been winning. But I want to go see Wake, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech. I like the whole idea of seeing everything."
As for off the field, beyond his love of food and movies Jordan would like to one day be in communications.
"I want to do communications. Something like you are doing," Jordan said as he walked off the field Friday night at Gilman.
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