For the first time since the fall, Gilman (Baltimore, Md.) defensive tackle Ellison Jordan was back at hometown Maryland Feb. 24 for a DMV-type of reunion. Joined by many of the Terps’ foremost local targets, in addition to Imhotep (Philadelphia, Pa.) tight end Naseir Upshur, the 6-foot-2, 265-pound four-star thoroughly enjoyed his most recent stay in College Park, Md.
“First of all, the basketball game we saw between Maryland and Wisconsin was awesome. It was crazy good,” said Jordan, who has offers from UMD, Michigan State, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, N.C. State, Penn State, Rutgers, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, West Virginia and others. “For Maryland to pull out that victory? Wow. They’re just a really good basketball team, and Dez Wells and Melo Trimble are unreal.
“And the atmosphere inside the stadium with the students, they were awesome too. Like me, Dwayne [Haskins], Upshur and a couple other guys too, we all rushed the court with the students. I stayed on the outskirts so I wouldn’t get hurt, but it was pretty awesome.”
Of course, it wasn’t all about hoops for the football player Jordan. He said he had the opportunity to talk to pretty much every Terps coach on staff, including head coach Randy Edsall, offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, running backs coach Terry Richardson, receivers coach Keenan McCardell, defensive coordinator Keith Dudzinski, defensive line coach Chad Wilt, offensive line coach Greg Studrawa and tight ends coach John Dunn.
“Coach Edsall, he’s always great. Me and him have a great relationship. He was telling everyone there about what Maryland could accomplish if all us local guys stayed home, and just saying some real good things we [recruits] were all thinking about,” Jordan said. “And then Coach Locksley, he’s taking over recruiting Gilman now since coach [Andre] Powell isn’t there anymore. Coach Locksley is always cool. And Coach Wilt, he’s recruiting me a lot too. Coach Wilt is the man – awesome dude. I have a great relationship with all the Maryland coaches.”
Besides the staff, Jordan chatted up pretty much every recruit in attendance as well. He said he personally had conversations with Sherwood (Sandy Spring, Md.) receiver Marcus Simms, Bullis (Potomac, Md.) quarterback Dwayne Haskins, St. John’s (Washington, D.C.) defensive end Terrell Hall, St. John’s safety Aaron Hansford and Naseir Upshur. He also spoke to current Terps commits like DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) running back Lorenzo Harrison, DeMatha athlete Darryl Turner, Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) linebacker Keandre Jones and class of 2015 signee Adam McLean (Quince Orchard/Gaithersburg, Md.).
Maryland running back Wes Brown also mingled with the recruits, and Jordan talked to him as well.
“Talking to all those guys was great. Marcus [Simms], I’ve known him since middle school and he’s my guy. I know he loves Maryland,” Jordan said. “And Dwayne, we’re talking a lot now too. Then like Keandre, D.J., Lorenzo, Adam, Wes – they were all trying to get guys to come to Maryland and all that. So that was pretty cool.
“But we were all hyped and into the game, and talking about other things [besides recruiting] too. We talked about Maryland and joining up there a little bit, but it was mostly just chilling and talking about the hoops game, girls, food, stuff like that. I’m telling you, I was so hungry I went to the concession stand like three times (laughs).”
While he wanted to steer the conversation away from recruiting a bit, Jordan admitted the DMV-to-UMD concept is on his mind -- and the other local elites'.
“Right now with Maryland, with the guys we have here [in the DMV], it’s the strongest class in years,” Jordan said. “And if [the Terps] get most of the other guys around here besides KeAndre, D.J. and LoLo, who are already committed, it could be crazy. They could make history.
“And, to me, it does make sense, it is possible, and I am thinking about it. I am still looking at my other options, but I am thinking about Maryland.
“OK, so maybe [the state of] Maryland is not like Texas, Florida, California or Ohio in keeping [local] guys around, because those states have been doing it since the beginning of time (laughs). But this 2016 class in Maryland? It’s loaded. So this is a great opportunity for Maryland, and it’s something us DMV guys are thinking about.”
The Gilman product commented on the video the group was shown of the new indoor facility as well. Jordan called the two new practice fields and the tunnel “sick” and “unreal.”
“I haven’t seen anything like it at any other college I’ve been to,” Jordan said. “It’s going to be sick when that thing is finished.”
Jordan plans to return to College Park at some point this spring with his family. He said he wants to delve deeper into UMD’s renowned journalism program and discuss academics as well.
“You know, Maryland is on the up and up,” Jordan said. “It has a lot going for it, and it’s not like they had a bad year last year. They lost to Ohio State and Michigan State, but they beat a good Iowa team, they beat Penn State on the road, and they beat Michigan on the road. So it’s not like Maryland isn’t ready to make some noise. So if they get a few more guys, you know, they can really take off.”
Not that Jordan is anywhere near joining the hometown movement. The elite plugger intends to visit Penn State Feb. 28, and will attempt to see Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Kentucky and MSU this spring/summer.
Jordan said he “definitely” has to check out the Spartans again, while Va Tech and PSU are “must” visits too.
“Penn State, I still like them a lot and everything that program is about,” Jordan said. “And Virginia Tech, you know, even with the coaching changes, it’s still one of my favorite programs. A couple guys I know like Myles Wolfolk and Kareem Felder are already committed there, so I’m interested in them too.”
The Gilman prospect suggested he’d form a firm top-10 leaderboard by August and then select his destination after his senior season. He continues to insist he has no favorite schools or standouts at this time.
“I’m taking my time with this process, because you never know what can happen,” Jordan said. “What if there’s a coaching change? That could change my thinking about things, so I don’t want to rush into anything. You just never know.”
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