The DMV’s No. 1 center recruit, Johnny Jordan (Gonzaga/Washington, D.C.), landed a hometown Maryland offered back in January, and less than a month later he embarked on his first formal visit to College Park, Md. On “DMV Day,” Feb. 13, Jordan joined around 30-40 other top locals at UMD.
“I really liked the visit. I’d been there before when [Gonzaga] played there, but hadn’t really had a chance to see the school or meet the new coaches, so it was a great experience,” said the 6-foot-3, 290-pound Jordan, who claims verbals from Maryland, North Carolina, Kentucky, Memphis and Syracuse. “It was neat to be able to see the facilities, walk around a little bit, and see the new plans for the future. The facilities are really nice. The new fieldhouse they’re building should be ready after another year, and it looks amazing. I liked the weight room [renovations] too. It’s a great campus, a great school, and I enjoyed it up there.”
Jordan enjoyed interacting with the staff most of all, however. He’d met UMD-area recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim and offensive line coach Dave Borbely previously, but hadn’t had extensive in-person conversations with either prior to Feb. 13. Nor had he had a meeting with D.J. Durkin, the head coach obliging the recruit during the latter’s stay.
“The highlight for me was the one-on-one time with Coach Durkin and Coach Borbely. It was a lot of really good personal time with the coaches,” Jordan said. “Both of them love the way I play the game; they said I play it like it’s supposed to be played. And then they say how they’re really trying to lock down the DMV, and how they’d love to have me there.
“It made me feel good to know they’re really going after the talent around here, and consider me an important part of that. I mean, there were like 30-40 top guys from the area there [Feb. 13] – a whole bunch of talent. And I believe in what Coach Durkin’s got going on there with trying to bring them into Maryland.”
The Gonzaga prospect actually knew Borbely from a prior meeting last year when the coach was at UVA. Jordan also had a previous connection to Abdul-Rahim through one of his high school coaches, who just so happens to be Abdul-Rahim’s brother.
“I met Coach Borbely last summer, and I knew Coach Aazaar through his brother, so I’ve known those guys for awhile,” Jordan said. “They’re both great guys and great coaches. I think Coach Borbely is a terrific O-line coach, is very detailed and could really help develop me. We had a great meeting, and he was showing me different ways I could improve.”
Jordan met strength coach Rick Court as well. The D.C. native called the former Mississippi State coach “really passionate” and said it’s obvious Court “really likes what he does.”
"I enjoyed the basketball game we saw too," Jordan said. "I only could stay for the first half, but the place was crazy and the energy was great."
Following the visit, Jordan said the Terps are definitely on the brain.
“Maryland is pretty high for me right now,” said Jordan, who should be returning to UMD later this offseason, perhaps for the April 16 spring game. “I just really like Coach Durkin and Coach Borbely and what they’re bringing to Maryland. Maryland’s near the top of the list for me.”
Jordan has no visits set in stone coming up. That said, he’d like to check out Pitt, Boston College, North Carolina, Syracuse and Kentucky.
“I’m taking my time with the process right now,” Jordan said. “I don’t have any timetables or decisions dates or anything. But, I mean, all it takes is one school, and if I feel it’s the right one, then I’ll commit. But right now I’m just trying to take some visits and see what these schools are about.”