Jordan one to watch at Gilman

Four-star defensive tackle Ellison Jordan has already collected 17 offers and drawn interest from a handful of other top programs, including Notre Dame. He hopes to be the next top prospect from the Gilman School.

From Kai Locksley (Texas) and Melvin Keihn (Virginia Tech) to Victor Abiamiri and Ambrose Wooden Notre Dame), Gilman School in Baltimore has produced its fair share of top high school football prospects in the past decade-plus.

According to junior defensive tackle Ellison Jordan, the Class of 2016 might be the school’s most productive.

“The history at Gilman is really, really good,” said Jordan, a 6-foot, 265-pounder who already has landed 17 scholarship offers. “I don’t think people realize it but we have guys like Victor Abiamiri, he went to the NFL, Ambrose Wooden, Cyrus Jones, Melvin, Kai, all those guys. This 2016 class is more loaded I think. It’s definitely more loaded. We’ve got more guys.”

In addition to Jordan, Gilman’s roster includes four-star junior lineman Devery Hamilton, three-star lineman Stephen Spanellis and three-star running back Antonio Dupree. Gilman also has running back Dorian Maddox, who’s earned an early offer.

For Jordan, Gilman’s history has inspired him on the field and off of it.

He knows he has big shoes to fill and his dream of playing in the NFL won’t come easily.

“I have to keep in my books because without the books you can’t play football” he said. “When I go to college I want to be in communications or sports broadcasting, like an analyst, and I’ve been more interested in creative writing too. I’ve got my plan if football doesn’t work out. I want to go to the NFL but I’ve got myself ready.”

He’s off to a good start in the recruiting process.

Jordan has already landed offers from Boston College, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Michigan State, N.C. State, North Carolina, Penn State, Rutgers, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, among others.

“It’s going good,” he said. “The 17th offer was from NC State. I’m hearing from South Carolina a little bit and they might offer. There are a lot of others too.”

Most schools are recruiting Jordan to play defensive tackle, his natural position, but a few coaches are intrigued by his efforts as Gilman’s fullback.

His 20-yard run on national television against Ohio’s Lakewood St. Edward and Irish signee Shaun Crawford showed Jordan has elite athleticism to go along with his big frame.

“I play fullback too a little bit so my coach was saying that they wonder if I could play linebacker,” Jordan said. “Some people were asking if I could play linebacker in college. People get moved all the time in college but I want to play defensive tackle.”

As a junior, Jordan recorded 60 tackles,16 sacks and forced three fumbles.

Jordan credits his desire to make plays as his biggest attribute.

“It’s my motivation,” he said. “A lot of coaches are looking at my height, I’m not a big defensive tackle, you’ve got some guys that are 6-4, 6-5 and 6-6 defensive tackles and defensive ends. It’s really the motivation. People say my get off is really good too and I want to keep that going.”

To do that, Jordan has focused his strength training on his lower body to increase his power from a football stance.

And just in case he sees time at linebacker in the future he’s planning to work on his speed too.

“I’m going to do track,” he said. “I’m going to do the shot put and I’m trying to get myself into a running event like the 50 or the 100, because if people want to put me at linebacker I definitely want to get my speed up.”

Jordan is in no hurry to name favorites or end his recruitment. He watched two cousins go through the process in Stephen Hopkins (Michigan, transfer to Tennessee State) and Tommy Dover (Edinboro).

“A lot of people are asking when I’m going to come out with a Top 10. I’ve been waiting and I feel like I’ll probably get a little bit more offers before it’s all said and done,” he said. “I don’t want to commit too early, a lot of people commit in the summer before their senior season, but for me I just want to take my time and realize I’ve got a whole other year. I need to focus on some other stuff and then after football season that’s when I’ll decide. Right now I’m just enjoying it. It’s really fun.”


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