WARREN, Mich. – The Western Michigan 2016 recruiting class grew to 13 members strong on June 2nd as the Broncos picked up a commitment from instate offensive lineman Jordan Asbury from De La Salle Collegiate. Asbury is the third offensive line commit and the fifth instate player to pledge to WMU this cycle.
I have committed to Western Michigan University!!⚫️⚪️⚫️🐴🐴 Row The Boat!!#RTB#BeElite#WMU pic.twitter.com/NerdNdJagA
— Jordan Asbury (@JordanwAsbury) June 2, 2015
Asbury is a three-star prospect that held seven total offers from schools such as Northwestern, Eastern Michigan and Ball State.
“They were very interested in me ever since the recruiting process had started.”
On May 28, Asbury received an offer from Western Michigan after being recruited by the program for the past five months. Asbury made quick work in turning that offer into a subsequent visit as the 6’4”, 268-pound lineman made it to campus that very weekend.
It was that trip to campus that sealed the deal for Asbury.
“I had recently visited there this past weekend and that’s when I really knew where I wanted to be,” Asbury said. “It was actually my second time. My first visit there was strictly football. We got to view all the facilities and everything. Then I visited this past Sunday and that was more guys who were offered.”
The Western Michigan staff set up a more personal visit weekend in order to focus on their top targets, and this detailed approach resonated with Asbury.
“We got to sit down with some of the advisors at the school and we got to talk about what major you wanted to go into,” Asbury said. “It was more one on one with the coaches, not like a junior day with 100 kids there, so that was nice.”
After taking such a positive visit to Kalamazoo, Asbury made sure to schedule a return trip with his parents.
“Then I actually went back out there Tuesday and spent the whole day with my parents and the coaching staff and that was it,” Asbury said. “Coach Fleck took us on a nice tour of the campus and it was nice.
“I definitely [knew] on my Sunday visit. Just having that whole day there, experiencing it and getting to know more about it is when it just really hit me. I got to have a private talk with coach Fleck and that’s when I knew where I wanted to be for my college career.”
Western Michigan had many factors that were working in its favor in the process of landing Asbury’s commitment. In addition to the close proximity to home, Asbury was impressed by the quality of the Broncos’ coaching staff, a contingent of football minds that Asbury says he has a close relationship with.
“Its amazing,” Asbury said. “I really love the coaching staff— great coaches. Many of them played in the NFL and they have great experience and especially coach Fleck, he’s the youngest coach in division one football. He brings a lot of energy and is just a really exciting guy.”
Once he arrives on campus, Asbury says the Broncos’ staff has a clear idea for how he will be used.
“They definitely want me as an offensive guard,” Asbury said.
Asbury adds he has debated the possibility of enrolling early at Western Michigan, but is “still not sure” whether that will be an option or not.
Asbury is not interested in taking visits if other schools offer and says he is a strong commit.