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Tim Jordan breaks down Tennessee opportunity

Tennessee has major depth concerns at running back and plenty of touches available for members of the 2017 class. Read what Sunshine State runner Tim Jordan said about a Vols opportunity.

Tim Jordan has one of the South’s best kept secrets for the 2017 class.

Tennessee coaches, however, know all about the Bartow Senior (Fla.) High School running back and moved quickly in the fall to offer a scholarship and hosted the talent for an official visit over the weekend.

“I like the environment,” Jordan told InsideTennessee. “It was real big. I just liked how the coaches and players get along, everybody bonds really good like family.

“It’s definitely bigger than most schools and the environment and the school really likes football.

"I just like how the coaching staff and the players get along. They bond real well."

Tennessee possesses something prep running backs greatly covet — an opportunity to play immediately. The Vols no longer have Jalen Hurd or Alvin Kamara.

"Basically the coaches were saying they only have two running backs on campus right now, so they were saying I can come in and make a big impact and I feel like I could,” said Jordan, who tripped to Rocky Top with his parents.

"I think I could go (play) early because they don't have no starter right now. Two big players just left, so I can come in and play.

"They said they need people that can come in and contribute and help produce.

"They were just saying they've got one more spot left and they've got one more spot left, so I'm just following in on one of those places."

Tennessee running backs coach Robert Gillespie is at work forging a bond with the former Western Kentucky commit.

"Coach Gillespie is a real cool guy," Jordan said. "I like him."

A declaration could be coming soon. North Carolina and Tennessee are the finalists.

"I'm just going to think on it," said Jordan, who sized up on the trip at 5-feet-11, 189 pounds.

"It's kind of even right now. I'm going to have to go home and think about things.

"North Carolina, they were saying the same thing. They only have one back there now. With him being the only back there and other people coming in, there's going to be a good chance to play.

“It shouldn't take a while (to commit), probably this week."

Ty Chandler and Trey Coleman are verbally committed to Tennessee for the 2017 class but that doesn't deter Jordan.

"It's not important because everywhere I go you are going to have to compete regardless," Jordan said.

Jordan, who missed three of his team's basketball games to come to Knoxville, does not have plans for a visit next week. The Bartow High guard complemented the basketball atmospheres both in Chapel Hill and Knoxville.

Factors leading up to choosing between North Carolina and Tennessee are yet to be determined.

"I don't really have an idea yet. I'm going to think on it,” said Jordan, who said he does not care whether he plays in the ACC or SEC.

"Either way I've got to compete and there's great competition, And I've got to do my best."

Running back John Kelly was Jordan's player host for the weekend.

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