NORTH BETHESDA, Md. -- Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) traveled to Georgetown Prep (Bethesda, Md.) Sept. 17. Terrapin Times was on hand to scout three-star Maryland commit Johnny Jordan, a 6-foot-2, 296-pounder who pledged to UMD July 30.
Our analysis on Jordan’s game is below, while an interview can be seen above:
Jordan plays all over the line at Gonzaga -- mainly at left guard -- but he’ll be a center at Maryland. He’s small for a Big Ten offensive lineman, but Jordan has a chance to be successful, either as a starter in a few years or as a rotational piece, given his work ethic; strength; and want-to.
Physically, Jordan’s tree-trunk thick with a sturdy, strong base and a developed upper-body. He doesn’t have especially long arms, however, which could be a problem at the next level.
The most noticeable attribute Jordan possesses is actually his demeanor. He plays the game with a nasty streak, scrapping and clawing through the whistle. He’s a pure effort type, giving 100 percent each down, all game long.
At the snap, Jordan comes off low and hard and keeps his feet chopping after contact. Jordan maintains his low pad level, usually out-leverages his man and strikes underneath the pads.
Once Jordan engages his man, he has the power and strength to control him. He maintains the block and can sometimes push his man off the ball or finish with a pancake.
When Gonzaga runs counters or pitches, Jordan shows he can pull around end. He has sufficient enough athleticism to at least hold his own.
On passing downs, Jordan plays with balance and solid form. He keeps a flat back, chops his steps, his hand placement is on-point, and he has a potent punch. He flashes the ability to turn his man or stalemate him at the point of attack.
It should also be noted that Jordan's a heady player who shows good anticipation skills and awareness. He calls out the defensive schemes for Gonzaga and is adept at identifying extra blitzers.
To improve, Jordan needs to work on his agility and flexibility. He sometimes has difficulties readjusting to quick-twitch rushers and shifting his weight.
Jordan also must consistently get to the second level and execute in space. He’s decent at locating linebackers, but since he’s not the quickest lineman around, Jordan can look a bit methodical at times. The same applies for when Jordan’s pulling; he’s certainly able to run down the line, but it’s not his most “natural” state.
Moreover, Jordan could stand to improve his short-area quicks. His first step needs to become even more rapid to succeed in college.
Finally, Jordan has to continue honing his pass-protection technique. He displays solid form, but once in awhile his footwork is off. He also needs to develop a faster initial thrust. We’d like to see Jordan fire his hands up before the opposing lineman can engage him.