Conn. OL Talks Rutgers Offer; Will Visit RU

Rutgers is battling Florida, Duke, Boston College and Notre Dame for the services of a 6-foot-5, 295-pound offensive lineman from Connecticut. All but Notre Dame have offered, and the player said he will be on the Rutgers campus to watch a spring practice. He also talks about his relationship with Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano, and whether distance fro home will be a factor in his decision.

Playing basketball kept Ridgefield (Conn.) High three-star offensive lineman Tommy Jordan from visiting schools during the winter, so he will make trips in the spring and summer.

He holds offers from Rutgers, Boston College, Duke and Florida, and said one of his stops will be in Piscataway, N.J., to check out the Scarlet Knights. He said his main contact at Rutgers is head coach Greg Schiano.

"I've gotten letters from a lot of the coaches,'' he said. "I'm planning on going there sometime this spring, probably for one of their practices. I don't know if I'm going to make it up there for the (spring) game. I was playing basketball this season, so I was busy. I wanted to go down there, but I'll definitely get down there this offseason.''

The 6-foot-5, 295-pound Jordan, who likely will play guard in college, said he talks on the phone with Schiano, and the two trade emails. And it appears Jordan is getting the message about Rutgers being able to develop NFL talent.

"I know they're probably going to have a top offensive lineman in the draft this year in Anthony Davis,'' Jordan said. "I know where they're located in New Jersey, and I know they're on the rise right now and they have a real good football program.''

Jordan is also talking with Notre Dame, and he said he already visited Florida and Boston College.

In fact, he was in Gainesville, Fla., when the Gators hosted Florida State on Nov. 28. Not only was it Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden's last regular season game, but it was Florida quarterback Tim Tebow's last game home game.

"It was really cool,'' Jordan said. "I think it was the most crowded the stadium has ever been. It was really something else. It really was unbelievable. It's almost not even fair to try and compare it to any other football game that I've been to.

"It's just something else, those two (guys) in their last games. I've been to a bunch of college games, but you can't really compare those.''

If it were strictly a football decision, Jordan sounds like he would be a heavy lean toward Florida. However, more than football will go into his college choice.

"I have some family down in Florida, but my parents and my sisters, they're all up here,'' Jordan said. "That comes into play. The other schools I've been looking at, like a Boston College, Duke, Notre Dame, which I'm talking to right now ..Florida is really good academics, like a lot of schools, but then when you're talking about a Duke, Boston College or even Notre Dame, they're just a step above everybody.

"So every time you think about Florida, and you think about something down there, you get pulled back by something else from a different school. So, it's hard to say what they main factor will be.''

That rationale, and the fact Jordan is yet to visit the campuses of several others schools, are why he is not naming a leader.

"Everybody's pretty much in the same mix,'' he said. "I haven't really gone on too many visits where I could do that yet. I'd still like to wait and see. I don't want to make any decisions too quick or too subtle.''

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