He’s been on campus multiple times, and has the school among his favorite programs, but before Oct. 4 Gilman (Baltimore, Md.) defensive tackle Ellison Jordan had never attended a Maryland home game. The result, a 52-24 loss to Ohio State, was none too pretty, but that didn’t seem to dampen the 6-foot-1, 260-pound four-star recruit's spirits.
“I always wanted to get to a Maryland game when I was younger, but believe it or not this was my first one,” said Jordan, who holds offers from UMD, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Michigan State, North Carolina, Rutgers and Virginia Tech. “It was pretty cool to be in Byrd Stadium and that great atmosphere. I had a great time even though Maryland lost, and I thought the fans were great.”
Jordan was willing to give the Terps a mulligan, considering they were playing a national power in OSU.
“Maryland is still a good team. Ohio State is a great top-15 team and I think Maryland still did good at times against them,” said Jordan, who noted that he enjoyed watching Maryland defensive end Andre Monroe, who had two sacks Oct. 4. “I mean that [OSU] is probably the toughest or one of the toughest teams in the conference that they will face. So I think Maryland can really rebound and do great the next game.”
The Gilman backfield buster had conversations with pretty much the entire Maryland staff Oct. 4. An affable recruit, Jordan has developed a rapport with almost everyone at Maryland and not just area recruiter Andre Powell.
“I talked to Coach [Ryan] Steinberg, Coach [Mike] Locksley, Coach Powell, Coach [Randy] Edsall, Coach [Keith] Dudzinski, Coach [John] Dunn and my man Coach [Chad] Wilt,” Jordan said. “And they were all just happy that me and my family could make it, and I really had a good time with all of them.
“Coach Wilt is my man, and he’s really energetic. And actually Coach Locksley went to the Gilman-Spalding game [last week] with his wife, Ms. Kia, to watch me play, and I have a good relationship with him and Coach Edsall as well. I like all the Maryland coaches.”
Jordan had a good time interacting with the other recruits on campus as well. He said he talked to Lorenzo Harrison, Terrance Davis, Keandre Jones, Trevon Diggs, Dwayne Haskins, Rahshaun Smith, Channing Hames, Brennon, Devery Hamilton, Keiron Howard, Isaiah Prince, Cam Spence and Quarvez Boulware.
“I am really cool with all of them and most of them were taking my gum,” Jordan quipped. “And we were just talking with each other and having a good time. It was a great atmosphere.”
The Gilman recruit said he’d like to make it back to another Maryland game, but he’s unsure which one he can attend. He also has plans to see Va Tech again, UNC, Rutgers, West Virginia, Michigan State, Boston College at some point, likely after the season.
“I am still talking to Maryland and Virginia Tech a lot on Twitter and stuff, but I have been talking to UNC and Rutgers a lot more too,” Jordan said. “Those are some of the schools that are in touch the most.”
Jordan still doesn’t want to claim any early favorites, though it seems like UMD, Virginia Tech, UNC, Michigan State, Penn State (no offer yet) and maybe a couple others have caught his eye.
“No leaders yet. I pretty much like every program that’s taken the time to recruit and offer me,” Jordan said. “It’s a blessing to be recruited by these schools, and hopefully I can continue to build relationships with them.”
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