Jordan Witnesses Terps Big Win in Big House

Gilman (Baltimore, Md.) junior defensive tackle Ellison Jordan has now seen Maryland in person twice this fall, but the most recent Terps game the four-star witnessed wasn’t from the confines of Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md. The 6-foot, 265-pounder was in Ann Arbor, Mich., Nov. 22 along with numerous teammates for UMD’s 23-16 victory against Michigan in the Big House.

Gilman (Baltimore, Md.) junior defensive tackle Ellison Jordan has now seen Maryland in person twice this fall, but the most recent Terps game the four-star witnessed wasn’t from the confines of Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md. The 6-foot, 265-pounder was in Ann Arbor, Mich., Nov. 22, along with numerous teammates, for UMD’s 23-16 victory against Michigan in the Big House. (Michigan's safeties coach, Curt Mallory, recruits Gilman, and invited the Greyhounds up for the game, while it was also a chance to see current Wolverines defensive tackle Henry Poggi, the son of Gilman head coach Biff Poggi.)

“I see why they call it the Big House,” said Jordan, who was at the game with multi-offer 2016 recruits like Devery Hamilton and Stephen Spanellis, 2017 recruits Kasim Hill and Cam Spence, and 2018 rising star Taron Vincent. “The Michigan coaches, they were really cool towards the whole Gilman group. We had a really good time there, and it’s a great atmosphere.”

While Jordan and Co. were eager to see the Wolverines, the Gilman defensive tackle said he was particularly impressed by the road team’s performance. Maryland, of course, is hot on Jordan’s trail, and the Terps have had the Bowie, Md., native’s attention for well over a year now.

“Well, I will say this about Maryland, they are no body to sleep on,” exclaimed Jordan, who also attended the UMD-Ohio State game in College Park earlier this fall. “Their offense was good, but the defense was outstanding. I really thought Maryland played well, and they really impressed me. They played hard, and they played smart, and they came out with a big road win.”

This is the second major Terps road victory that had Jordan excited about the hometown team’s progress. He wasn’t in State College, Pa., for Maryland's triumph at Penn State, but he watched the game on TV.

“Both Maryland and Penn State played really well, but Maryland came out with the win in the end and that was big,” Jordan said earlier. “Penn State, they traditionally have really good teams, and Maryland went into Happy Valley and came out with the win, so that was very good. Both defenses kind of held the offenses down so it was a good game both ways. But I think this could be the start of the rivalry because they are right on the border, and this started it up a little bit and now it's like, 'Wow.'"

Jordan has plenty of connections at Maryland, from former teammates Kenny Goins and Shane Cockerille, to guard Damian Prince to defensive tackle Andre Monroe.

He also has a close rapport with several of the Maryland staff members, including Mike Locksley, whom he knows though Locksley’s son and current Gilman quarterback, Kai Locksley; Terps’ defensive line coach Chad Wilt; area recruiter Andre Powell; and head coach Randy Edsall. The affable Jordan has had many conversations with the staff during his campus visits and stays in touch with them on a regular basis via Twitter.

In addition, he and his family are particularly intrigued by UMD’s strong journalism program (Jordan wants to be a sports broadcaster) and Edsall’s education-first message.

“I am really cool with all of them, and I really like all the Maryland coaches,” Jordan said. “They are all really good guys.”

Jordan won't be at Maryland’s regular season finale against Rutgers Nov. 29, however, and will be at Virginia Tech instead. Either way, the Gilman plugger said he likes what he’s seen from the Terps in their inaugural Big Ten campaign.

“They’ve won some good games, and they’ve lost some games too, but for their first year in the Big Ten, I think Maryland has really done good. I think the Maryland program is up-and-coming,” Jordan said.

But, at the same time, Jordan insists he’s keeping his options open. While many have surmised the Terps could very well lead for his services, the 2016 recruit said there’s still a ways to go before he declares any definitive favorites.

“I still want to see more schools from Virginia Tech to Penn State to Michigan State to UNC to Rutgers and others,” Jordan said. “I am in no rush to commit nor do I have any favorites.

“And I know some people think I am just saying that because it’s what you’re supposed to say in public, but I even tell my loved ones that. I honestly don’t have any early favorites, and still want to look into a lot of schools.”

Jordan currently holds offers from UMD, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Rutgers, Penn State, Michigan State, Marshall and others.

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