<b>Shawn Jordan</b>, the fullback prospect from El Paso, Texas, was recently offered a scholarship by UCLA. He talks about his recruitment, his favorite school to date, and his potential official visits...
Shawn Jordan, 5-11, 235, 4.6, El Paso (Texas) Riverside, is a bruising runner who is being recruited by schools coast to coast, and he's looking for a school that likes to utilize the fullback as a runner and receiver.
"I benched pressed 405 lbs. twice during the summer," Jordan said. Asked if he liked running over people rather than around them, Jordan said, "Yeah, that's my thing."
He is hearing the most from LSU, Stanford, UCLA, Oklahoma State and UTEP. He is also being recruited by Arizona, Arizona State, Oklahoma and Baylor. All of the schools have offered. "I'm still leaning toward LSU," he said.
"I went to the LSU football camp over the summer, but I haven't taken an official visit there. LSU will be the first one I take most likely. I was supposed to go there this weekend, but we are still in the playoffs so I am not going to go. Last year they were the first school to offer me a scholarship, so I kind of starting to check them out and follow them."
Jordan has already been to Southern California, so heading to the west coast is also a possibility. "I am interested in the California schools, but I'm not sure their offenses are what I am looking for," he said. "I have to find out more about them. I am supposed to go to Stanford and UCLA one of the upcoming recruiting weekends, but I am not positive of the dates. I've been close to UCLA when I was in Los Angeles, but I didn't get to see the campus. I was there for spring break last year. I get calls regularly from coach Pearce at UCLA and coach Moses at Stanford."
Riverside is on a huge roll this season being undefeated and winning 11 straight games so far. Last Friday Riverside beat Burgess 72-7 in the first round of the playoffs. "I only rushed for about 80 yards in that game, but I had five touchdowns. We're 11-0 so far. We have a really good team this year. We're not as big as some of the schools we play, but we always play hard."
Jordan has concentrated more on offense this season, and he has had great balance rushing and receiving. "I finished the season with about 1,027 yards rushing, and I had about the same amount receiving. Since we run a very wide-open offense we throw a lot to the backs in the flat and I just run with it, and we have a real good quarterback this season. On defense I get moved around. I have played defensive end (he is 5-11!) and some linebacker this season. Last year I made All-City linebacker, but this year I have definitely played more offense since the colleges are recruiting me for fullback."
As far as a timetable in choosing a school, Jordan said, "I'm not really sure when I want to make a decision. I may end up taking a visit and really liking a school and make a decision. I'm just not sure right now. Even if I like LSU when I visit I will probably wait and check out a couple of other schools, so that I have something to compare. I really haven't seen that many schools. I have seen Oklahoma State because I had a family reunion near there. I have seen UTEP because I live close to the school."
Jordan is a good student and is fully qualified.