Still in search of an offensive tackle in the 2015 class, Michigan’s recruiting focus at the position recently centered on 2015 Jacksonville (Fla.) Bishop Kenny three-star offensive tackle Tyler Jordan.
“It was a little bit out of the blue,” Jordan said. “Coach Funk, the offensive line coach, added me on twitter and we kind of started messaging back and forth, and then probably a week later they offered me.”
Coach Funk actually traveled down to Jordan’s school and after a successful meeting with his coach the Wolverines decided to officially offer a scholarship.
“He came down to my school and met with my coach,” Jordan said. “Basically, he told me to call him later that night.”
Growing up and living in the south, Jordan still has a good appreciation for Michigan’s football program, honored to receive an offer from the Wolverines.
Could it be enough to sway him away from the Gators though?
“I was surprised that a school with such tradition and as big of a program as it is (would offer me),” Jordan said. “But I’m still going to stick with Florida.”
Jordan adding, “I just told them, hey I just wanted to let you know that I’m still committed to Florida. But they said back to me that they respect that decision right now but you can never have too many options just in case something does happen.”
Asked whether or not visits to any school, including Michigan, could be possible as his recruitment moves forward, Jordan replied, “Most likely not.”
Looking back on his decision to commit to Florida on Feb. 22, Jordan says he got that ole fashioned feeling, simply knowing Gainesville is the place he wants to be during his college career.
“When I was up there on a few visits I felt at home,” Jordan said. “They kind of hooked me up with the players, I hung out with them for the day, went to a softball game and stayed in the dorms and stuff and felt really at home there.
“And then also I had a good relationship with all the coaches.”
Now boasting a good sized frame, still with room to add weight once he hits campus for the Gators, Jordan said that development has been a long process, stepping his preparation and work ethic up to perform at the level he’s now capable of.
“I’ve started since sophomore year but I was 220-pounds and now I’m 270, 280-pounds,” Jordan said. “But, it’s been good. I’ve made a lot of progress in my run blocking and pass blocking; all my mechanics have gotten a lot better.
“One day I got bored so I started watching my sophomore film and then I compared it to my junior film and it was two different types of players, like it doesn’t look the same. I’ve picked up the aggressiveness and the nastiness in my play.”