2012 recruiter in chief: Dontonio Jordan

Texas athlete Dontonio Jordan has been one of the pillars of Stanford's recruiting class since he committed to the Card in May. In recent months, Jordan has maintained close contact with the Stanford coaching staff, and continued his role as a top recruiter for the class of 2012.

"I've seen Coach Sanford, my recruiting coach, probably three of the past four weeks he's been over at my house," Dontonio Jordan said. "We've been chilling a lot.

"Most of the conversations that we have now, there's some recruiting talk, like come in ready, but I know what I have to do, and the coaches know that I know that. Whenever Coach Sanford comes, he usually talks about just football in general, like NCAA football, or who they play next, but recruiting-wise, they just tell me to keep on recruiting other players. It's not really all about football whenever he comes. We hang out with my family, eat, do different things."

At this juncture, however, there's little need for Sanford – or any other Cardinal coach – to discuss the Stanford admissions process with Jordan. The recruit submitted his Stanford application a few weeks back, and expects a decision shortly.

"It should be either this week or the next, early next week," Jordan said. "I'm not nervous as much as I am anxious. I'm just ready for it, so I know I'm accepted. I don't have any doubt that I'll be accepted, because I've taken all the precautions. My grades are looking pretty good right now. The application process went well, I think, so it's just a matter of when they send it back. And no news is good news right now. If they had news for me they'd tell me to take a test over again or something like that."

As expected, Jordan remains a solid Cardinal commitment, contingent on his admission to the school.

"Solid, solid," Jordan said. "I don't think anything could sway me, honestly, nothing."

"Some of [the other schools] have saved a spot, so just in case the admissions doesn't go well, I have something to fall back on, but other than that, I haven't really talked to any colleges. The last college I talked to was Texas State about a week ago."

Jordan doesn't have any visits planned except for his official trip to The Farm for Stanford's big recruiting weekend next month. The visit could be the culmination of months of hard work Jordan, and some of his fellow longtime Cardinal commits, have put in on the recruiting trial trying to convince uncommitted prospects to choose Stanford.

"Recruiting is slow right now, because people want to wait to make their decision for the Army Bowl and stuff, but we have a lot of kind of quiet commits who are just waiting for Admissions and then they're in," Jordan said.

One particularly sought-after target of Jordan's is Florida State quarterback commit Jameis Winston. While the five-star recruit is still committed to the Seminoles, Winston has recently expressed a degree of interest in Stanford.

"Now we have Jameis Winston back on the market, sort of, he contacted the coaches, so we're kind of trying to get him," Jordan said "He's still a Florida State commit but we're trying to sway him into being a Cardinal. He's going to be at the visit on January 12 also, so that will give us a good chance to get him in there."

Jordan anticipates the visit will help push uncommitted recruits over the edge, because in his experience, the strong majority of visitors to The Farm enjoy their trips. There is one exception to that rule, however.

"[The visit] is going to be a blast first of all, but that's going to help us seal a lot of commits because I've never any recruit that just hates it there [except for one]," Jordan said. "He didn't hate it, he just said it's not up enough for him, [Cal commit] Bryce Treggs, that's the only one that said it's not up enough for him.

"Everyone else, they love it. I've never heard any negative remark about it and being with all of the commits is only going to help this process for them. Kodi Whitfield, Deante' Gray who has never been to Stanford but is committed, he'll be up there. I think all the commits will be up there. It's going to be a blast."

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