Four-Star DT 'Fell In Love' With UNC

In an attempt to expand his college campus experiences, Ellison Jordan attended North Carolina’s Junior Day on Saturday. The four-star defensive tackle couldn’t have come away more impressed.

“I was really eager to get down there, because of what other recruits were telling me,” Jordan said. “I know a couple of guys that are committed there – I know Tommy Hatton and Aaron Crawford. And then Jared Cohen, who played at McDonogh, we played against each other.

“When I went down there, I just fell in love with it. No favorites yet, but North Carolina is a school that I’m definitely going to consider. I can’t wait to get back.”

Previously, Jordan, a 6-foot, 262-pounder from Baltimore (Md.) Gilman, had visited schools closer in proximity. He made three trips to both Maryland and Penn State, as well as a couple visits to Virginia Tech. He most recently visited Virginia Tech for its annual grudge match with Virginia.

During Saturday’s visit to UNC, Jordan was accompanied by several members of his family.

“I think North Carolina is a real great school,” Jordan said. “My parents loved the place. It was a real great campus, great people, [and] the coaches talked a lot of truth. [The coaches] said they’ve sent the most defensive linemen to the NFL since 1998. I see why they consider it D-line U.”

Among Jordan’s coach interactions on Saturday was an individual meeting with Larry Fedora.

“He talked about Chapel Hill,” Jordan said. “He said he’s been around a lot of places, but he wants to finish his career out at North Carolina.

“He said he was so happy for me to get down there. He said he was looking forward to showing me a good time.”

Jordan also chatted with assistant coaches Gunter Brewer, Gene Chizik, Keith Gilmore, Larry Porter, and John Papuchis.

“He said the reason he came was to North Carolina so he could help this team win,” Jordan said. “He said he has been to a lot of programs – like Auburn and Texas – where he helped them win championship. He wants to have the same effect with North Carolina.”

But the most impactful conversation Jordan had on Saturday was with former Tar Heel lineman Ryan Sims, who joined the UNC staff as a graduate assistant after concluding his nine-year NFL career.

“[Sims] came back to get his degree and I thought that was real cool,” Jordan said.

Jordan sat with Sims for most of the UNC-Florida State basketball game, which the junior day visitors attended.

“The student section was loud and crazy,” Jordan said. “The atmosphere was just great... I talked to Dexter Lawrence and I bonded with him, which was real cool.”

Jordan will continue his travels this weekend when he heads to West Virginia. He also plans to visit Rutgers next month and hopes to set up trips to Boston College, Georgia Tech, Michigan State, and Wake Forest, as well as return visits to Maryland, UNC, Penn State, and Virginia Tech.

For Gilman, Jordan earned a starting spot at nose guard as a freshman. He ended that season with ten sacks and 35 tackles. This past season, Jordan registered 60 tackles, 16 sacks, two forced fumbles, plus a 20-yard rush.

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