New Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin has made it a priority to recruit the DMV, and Jan. 21 the Terps extended yet another offer to a rising-star local. Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) 2017 offensive center Johnny Jordan added his third verbal from the hometown school.
“I was pretty excited about Maryland; it’s exciting to get the hometown school,” said Jordan, who previously held verbals from Kentucky and UNC. “Coach [Randy] Trivers at Gonzaga told me about the offer after the Maryland coaches stopped b y the school today. It was really exciting.”
Jordan actually had a chance to meet said Maryland staffers. He said line coach Dave Borbely and area recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim both stopped by Gonzaga.
“That was my first time actually seeing them,” Jordan said. “I worked with Coach Borbely at a UVA camp last summer, and I really liked him then. I remember he didn’t sugarcoat anything, was very to the point and told you exactly what you needed to do. He’s a great coach. And Coach Aazaar, he’s just a cool guy. Just a really cool guy.”
The D.C. product hasn’t been to Maryland recently, although his Gonzaga squad did partake in a playoff game inside then-Byrd Stadium, while Jordan attended a camp last spring.
“It’s a nice campus at Maryland, it’s a beautiful area, and I like how everything is centered around the stadium,” said Jordan, who plans to return to College Park, Md., for a junior day. “It’s a good place to be. And I kind of like the idea of playing close to home so my parents could easily see me play, and some of the people that have seen me since the sixth grade can continue to watch me. That would be really cool too.”
Jordan also noted the presence of some of his friends and former competitors on Maryland’s current squad. He said the hometown movement, in particular, rings true.
“The Maryland staff is really trying hard to recruit the DMV now. Just all the guys from DeMatha going there now, and some others … there’s a lot of local guys going to Maryland,” Jordan said. “The future is definitely bright at Maryland with some of the recruits they’re brining in and with Coach Durkin there. It’s an exciting time at Maryland. It’s a school that I’m looking into.”
Besides UMD, Jordan said North Carolina has caught his eye some early on. The Heels offered back in September and the staff has remained in touch.
Pitt and Clemson also have Jordan’s eye, although neither has anted up.
“UNC had a great season this year, winning 10 games and their conference title,” Jordan said. “So I have definitely interest in them.
“And Pitt, my entire mom’s side of the family lives up there, so that’s definitely a school my family has cheered for as I’ve grown up. Clemson, that’s just a really good program right now too and I really liked it when I visited there.”
So far, Jordan has visited UMD, UNC, Duke, Clemson, UVA and Temple. He plans to attend multiple junior days, although he’s unsure exactly which ones he’ll be able to get to.