Jordan Enjoys the Sights

Growing up watching the Big Ten, the recruiting process has been fun for A.J. Jordan. Not only is the Trotwood-Madison wide receiver getting a chance to look at schools he grew up watching, Jordan has two of the schools at the top of his early favorites.

MADISON - Each prospect handles the recruiting process differently. Some like to handle the recruiting process quickly, choosing to make an early decision to elevate the stress and the travel the situation demands. Others like to take their time, see a lot of campuses, meet a lot of coaches and take it all in.

Trotwood-Madison wide receiver A.J. Jordan is certainly in that second grouping, as the talented pass catcher has loved his Midwest sightseeing tour.

"Most of the schools I am going to are schools I grew up watching," Jordan told Badger Nation. "It's been real cool going to places and stadiums I have watched on television. I've watched these schools play games and now I get a chance to play for them. It's been fun getting to meet a lot of new coaches and players. It's been a great experience all the way around."

The 6-foot-3, 170-pound receiver with 4.41 forty yard dash speed already holds an impressive offer list with over 18 offers, scholarships that have come based on his last two seasons for Trotwood.

Totaling 61 receptions for 986 yards and 11 touchdowns, Jordan – a four-star receiver ranked the 27th-best receiver in the county by Scout.com – has started to narrow his list.

"I want to take a closer look at Michigan, Wisconsin, Purdue, Illinois, Kentucky and Michigan State," Jordan said. "I kind of want to play in the Big Ten. My favorite teams are in the Big Ten. I like the fact that these big wide receivers can come in and make an impact. Hopefully, I can to."

One of the places Jordan has taken a closer peak at is Wisconsin, as the Badgers have Jordan high on their recruiting board. With three scholarship seniors set to graduate and four-star 2009 signee Kraig Appleton no longer with the team, the coaching staff has put an emphasis on wide receiver in the 2011 recruiting class, a big reason Jordan's visit to Madison at the end of June was so important.

"I've watched them a few times and when I got up there, I got to meet a lot of the coaching staff and the players," Jordan said of his first visit to UW. "They told me I am one of the top receivers on their recruiting board and that they have three receivers leaving, so there is room for early playing time and a chance to see the field early. It was a lot of good things, a nice campus and made me like a lot of things up there."

One of the people helping push the lack of depth at wide receiver is Jordan's lead recruiter, recruiting coordinator Joe Rudolph, who has been able to build a solid relationship.

"He came down to my school and I knew he was a good guy," Jordan said. "He has a nice sense of humor about him. He's real cool."

With offers from universities across the country, Jordan is looking to narrow his options and come up with a decision by midseason.

"Early playing time is not a major factor, but it plays a role," Jordan said. "I just want to find a place where I feel most comfortable and a place I can see myself staying for four-five years."

So far, there are only two schools that fit Jordan's criteria of early paying time and comfort.

"Wisconsin is one and Michigan is another," Jordan said. "That's all I can really think of."


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