Fordon Hearing From Big Ten Schools

Providence Catholic (Ill.) linebacker Jack Fordon was one of many players to attend Minnesota's junior day. With a family history in the Maroon and Gold, Fordon is a name the Gopher fans should remember this cycle.

Fordon, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker from Illinois is a solid combination of size and tenacity.

"I'm a hard-hitting inside linebacker," he said. "I am not scared of anyone I don't care how big they are; I'm going to hit them. I can read the plays well and get to the ball. I'll do whatever it takes to help my team win."

This mentality has led to interest from a number of schools, especially in the Big Ten.

"I've been to Junior Days at Illinois, Indiana, and Western Michigan," said Fordon. "I've been invited to Purdue, Wisconsin and Boston College. I've been getting letters from Boston almost every day and they invited me to their three-day camp over the summer. Colorado has invited me to their camp over the summer as well. Illinois invited me to their camp too and some spring practices."

With so many visits planned, Fordon is searching for two things in particular when looking at schools.

"I haven't really thought too much about what I'm looking for right now but the main things that stick out to me are academics and the atmosphere at the school," he said.

Although he does not have any offers right now, Fordon is hoping to earn some during camp season.

"I'm happy with the interest," he said. "I am just hoping to impress some of the coaches at the camps this summer and maybe get some offers."

Another team Fordon has been in contact with is Minnesota.

"I have been talking to them and I went to a Junior Day there a couple weeks ago," he said.

Fordon enjoyed a number of things about his visit to the Twin Cities.

"The Junior Day was awesome, I loved it," he said. "I was impressed with everything to be honest. We got a tour of the facilities and the locker room. My dad went there for college and before the Junior Day started we drove around and saw the campus and I loved all of it."

The Minnesota coaching staff was Fordon's favorite part of the visit.

"Well I really liked talking to the coaches," he said. "They seemed like they are really turning the program around. I liked that the team GPA went from a 2.0 to a 3.0 in a year. It showed me that academics are a big part of their program which I'm happy to hear."

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