OSU offers electric running back

ONE OF THE MOST intriguing running backs in this year's recruiting class is Eric Jordan. An electrifying running back out of Las Vegas, he holds eight offers, including one from Oregon State. The elusive Jordan also holds a passel of eye popping stats and honors, and his Scout.com video shows why.

Jordan (5-8.5, 160) holds scholarship offers from Oregon State, Fresno State, SDSU, Colorado State, Utah, New Mexico, UNLV and Reno-Nevada. He's getting serious looks from about 30 schools, including UCLA, Cal, Arizona, ASU and Washington. He does not have a frontrunner.

"Everyone is even at this point," said Jordan.

In a school, the Las Vegas High product is looking for one where he can earn early playing time and one focused on their student-athletes academics. Showing him the recruiting love probably wouldn't hurt either.

"Whoever wants me the most," said Jordan with a laugh. "Whoever will give me a chance to play, and whoever graduates their players. Running teams are up front too."

Jordan went on to say distance will not be much of a factor.

SOME MIGHT CONSIDER Jordan at the next level to be a small running back yet his production is anything but.

Jordan has 5,009 career rushing yards headed into his final prep campaign -- 2,769 yards his junior year, 1,764 in an injury shortened sophomore season and 476 yards after a late season call up to varsity as a freshman. He is currently sixth in Nevada history in total net yards and has 68 career TDs, including 37 last season.

In last season's state semi-final, on a field turned raw with snow and mud, Jordan rushed for 297 yards while the rest of his team combined for negative two yards of offense. He accounted for all Las Vegas's points in the 21-14 victory.

Over his career, Jordan's never run for less than 100 yards and has a solid chance to hold the state records for rushing yards, total net yards and rushing touchdowns before his prep career comes to a close.

Among his various honors and accolades, Jordan's been voted first team all state twice and the MVP of his conference and district twice. Last season, he was named the state's Offensive Player of the Year.

JORDAN CAN FAKE would-be tacklers out of their shoes and has game breaking speed (4.43 in the 40), but he's also got power you might not expect from a player who weighs 160 pounds. He power cleans 275 pounds, squats 385 and bench presses 295 on the bar.

His vertical leap has been measured at 40 inches. That is not a misprint.

Jordan's been to UNLV's camp and has unofficial visits upcoming to Colorado State, Fresno State and SDSU over the next few weeks. Jordan's not in any hurry to make his decision, saying he wants to see what is out there before deciding on where to spend the next four to five years.

Jordan's 40 inch vertical leap came at the Scout.com LA combine. On the slow surface at El Camino College, Jordan also clocked the second fastest 40 time of the day with a 4.49. Jamere Holland, the state champion in the 100-m and 200-m this year, had the top time at 4.4 flat.

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