Earlier today, Penn State pulled in one of the more impressive defensive tackle hauls in recent memory. As a four-star prospect that had the Nittany Lions in his top three for quite some time, Ellison Jordan announced on Twitter that he would be pledging to Penn State.
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— Boy Dawg (@bigeazy95) June 26, 2015
Just a day earlier, Penn State’s class added another coveted interior defensive lineman as three-star Christian Colon joined Jordan in announcing his commitment as well.
— Christian Colón (@INDYBOY_91) June 25, 2015
Throughout the recruiting process, Jordan has considered Penn Stare favorably, but he did not always hold a PSU offer and had to work through that process.
“The thing about Penn State was coach [Larry] Johnson, when he was there, coach Johnson was looking at me a little bit,” Jordan explained. “Then after he left to Ohio State, I hadn’t heard from Penn State since. Then a coach told me that [the Penn State] coaching staff was kind of looking at me and that’s when I met coach Khaos [Sean Spencer]. He’s a funny dude. I talked to him and then I went down to their Spring Game and it was [Penn State coaches], and then I came back for a camp and I did well at the camp. They didn’t offer me then yet, but then I think it was a couple days after, that’s when the coaches wanted me to call in and that’s when they offered me.”
Before committing to Penn State, Jordan was aware that the recruiting process would likely not end just because he had committed. In fact, he may pick up a handful of offers from new schools before National Signing Day 2016 rolls around.
“I talked to my coach and he said I may get a couple more [offers],” Jordan said. “I don’t know where, but I’m not really looking to get any new offers. That’s great, but these three are the main ones I want to look at. It’s like not even about football, just academically, socially and that’s the main focus for me right now.”
New schools, however, are not a focus for Jordan, who picked the Penn State staff in part because of how genuine the Nittany Lions’ coaches appeared.
“They are all honest coaches,” Jordan said. “They tell you straight up. In recruiting sometimes coaches will tell you what you want to hear, but I believe all three coaching staffs are the most honest and fair. If I go to any school, they can help me as a player and a person too. I believe that and I believe all of them.
“Yeah, football is good, but you want to make sure the coaches are real. When you get there, some guys are looking cool during the recruiting process, and then it’s different when you get to college. That’s why I really believe if I go to one of these universities, I feel like that’s how they really are. I want to make sure the look at me from a personal standpoint and that’s what I really thought of.”
All three programs—Penn State, Maryland and Virginia Tech—did a good job of selling Jordan on their respective schools, and each program has hosted Jordan on campus for numerous visits. These visits helped Jordan connect with the campus and explore what life as an athlete would be like.
Because of his close proximity to campus, Maryland has been a frequent stop.
“I’ve been to Maryland,” Jordan said. “I went to basketball camps and then I decided to stop doing that because I was pretty bad. I would go to Maryland to go to basketball camps, then I did one before they offered me and I did one after the offered me. Now I know all the coaches, they are doing a camp this weekend, but I don’t know if I’m going because my mom is having surgery.
“Then with Penn State, I went to a game when Troy Vincent committed,” Jordan said. “But he decommitted, and then I went up there when they played against Nebraska and that’s when coach Johnson and everyone was there. Then when he left I went up to the Spring Game and I went there for their camp and I Went up there for a Junior Day. I’ve been at Penn State four times and I’ve been at Maryland a good amount of times, like 20 times last I counted. I live so close to Maryland.
“Then Virginia Tech when they offered me in February, I went down and I talked to the academic people,” Jordan said. “Then I met coach Beamer and sat down and that’s when coach Morgan was still there and I had breakfast with them the next morning. Then I headed down to the Virginia Tech game against Virginia. That stadium, that was just as loud or louder than anybody. Then I went there to the Spring Game, I’ve been there three times.”
With numerous enjoyable visits under his belt, Jordan developed a bond with several of the players committed to these three schools. With Penn State eventually landing his commitment, Jordan will have the opportunity to work with other players in building a special class at Penn State.
“Then with Penn State, Shane, the guy leading that class, I talk to him the day I announced my top three,” Jordan said. “He said how he likes Penn State and it’s a really good thing for him.”
Jordan says he is not sure of his official visit plan and will have to work that out with his parents and coaches.