4-Star DT Talks Rutgers Junior Day

Baltimore Gilman School defensive tackle, a four-star prospect at top Maryland recruit, spoke with Scout about his Saturday unofficial visit to Rutgers for junior day.

As a coveted four-star prospect and one of the top players in Maryland, four-star defensive tackle Ellison Jordan appreciated straightforward approach Rutgers took Saturday during a junior day visit.

Instead of promises and grand declarations, the Rutgers staff focused on education and family with the talented Baltimore Gilman School prospect.

“We talked a lot about the life aspect off the field,” Jordan said. “They were real coaches, and that was nice. They don’t tell you what you want to hear about recruiting. They tell you what’s going on. I have a mindset where I’m watching out for the recruiting pitches, so I really appreciate that.”

Jordan has family in nearby Scotch Plains, N.J., and spent a significant amount of time with defensive line coach Jim Panagos.

“It was my first time there,” Jordan said. “I was a little bit interested before they offered me, and then when they did, I started talking to them more. Coach Panagos is a really cool dude. I definitely wanted to come up and see what Rutgers is about.

“He’s a real person. He talked about everything off the field before we went to football. He’s a parent too. He told me about how his son goes to Rutgers and studies communications.”

Jordan and family received plenty of educational information during the visit.

“They’re about more than football,” Jordan said. “They paid a lot of attention to my parents. They talked about the academics. If I go there, I have no favorites right now, but if I did, I’d be in good hands. They have a good communications school. That’s what I want to study.”

Like many first-time visitors, time with the Rutgers uniforms also impressed.

“I tried that on, and I was about to try to steal it,” Jordan said. “I can’t do that, but I loved the uniform. It looked great.”

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