After impressing the North Carolina staff during its July camp, Johnny Jordan returned to Chapel Hill on Saturday for the Tar Heels’ home opener. Unbeknownst to the 2017 offensive lineman, the UNC coaches had reviewed his first two games and a scholarship offer was waiting for him.
“I knew they were very interested based on the feedback I was getting through Twitter and mail, and then how they talked to me after the camp in July,” Jordan said.
“I was pretty excited, because UNC is a good place. When I was down there in July, we actually spent the night in Chapel Hill and I got to walk around there a little bit and it was really nice. They’re definitely a program that’s on the come up. The facilities are nice. I was just pretty honored to receive [the offer].”
UNC is the second school to have offered Jordan, a 6-foot-1, 296-pounder from Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga. He previously picked up an offer from Kentucky. He’s also hearing from Boston College, Clemson, Indiana, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Purdue, and Virginia. Prior to Saturday’s kickoff, Jordan spoke with Larry Fedora, area recruiter John Papuchis, and offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic.
“They told me that they like me at center and that they’re really excited about me,” Jordan said. “Coach Fedora was like, ‘Not many recruits get to come into my office [prior to a game]. The fact that you’re here shows what we think about you.’ They were just really excited to get me down there for a game and get to see me again.”
Kapilovic was the one who presented the offer.
“He just said he was going to offer me at center and he was going to keep in contact over the next year,” Jordan said. “He said hopefully they’ll have me down for another game this season.”
Since his freshman season, Jordan has started at left tackle for Gonzaga but will play just about every position along the offensive line by the time a game ends.
Since Gonzaga plays most of its games on Saturday, Jordan is unlikely to return to UNC for a second game. He does, however, plan to visit a third time after the football season, perhaps for a junior day.
Besides UNC, Jordan camped at Maryland, Penn State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia this past summer. A week ago, he attended Temple’s upset of Penn State in Philadelphia.
With Gonzaga on a bye, Jordan reached Chapel Hill on Saturday afternoon. He then took in UNC’s 53-14 romp of North Carolina A&T. “The atmosphere was great,” Jordan said. “They sat us right behind the student section. We were able to watch [the students] and they were really excited. The stadium was pretty amped up.
“My father and I got there an hour early and walked around a little bit. There were just people all over the place they were just really excited for the game – and that was a few hours before the game. It was crazy. You could tell they really love football down there.”
Having taken two different types of visits to UNC, Jordan has a well-formed view of UNC.
“It’s a good academic school, which is really important to me and my parents,” Jordan said. “Like I said, it’s a program that’s on the rise that’s really begun to make a name for itself and it’s just a good football program down there.”
Jordan believes it’s too early to label any schools his “favorite.” But, he did list UNC – along with Clemson, Iowa, Penn State, and Virginia Tech – among the programs that have grabbed his attention.