After winning the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship earlier this year, Ohio State has witnessed the fruits of its labor on the recruiting trail. In fact, the No. 1 running back in the 2016 class, DePaul Catholic’s Kareem Walker, tweeted out his commitment to Ohio State on the day of the title game.
The Buckeyes have picked up 10 other pledges since that victorious day, the most recent coming from Canton (Mich.) Plymouth four-star offensive tackle Michael Jordan.
“I am proud to announce I will be playing football for the Ohio State,” Michael Jordan posted to Twitter on Thursday.
Counting Jordan’s pledge, Ohio State’s 2016 recruiting class stands 15 prospects deep. According to 247sports.com, Ohio State has the No. 1 class in the Big Ten and the No. 2 class nationally with an average rank of .9094 ranking per committed prospect.
Before committing to the Buckeyes, Jordan had visited both Michigan and Michigan State in April for their respective Spring Games. This served as an opportunity for Jordan to evaluate both in-state schools—Michigan State fresh off a Rose Bowl victory and Michigan fresh off the hiring of head coach Jim Harbaugh—before issuing his verbal pledge to Ohio State.
In recent years, Ohio State has experienced success recruiting in the state of Michigan. The Buckeyes added Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech cornerback Damon Webb in 2014 before running back Mike Weber and lineman Josh Alabi, both Technicians, committed to Ohio State this past February.
Jordan is ranked as the No. 16 offensive tackle nationally on 247sports, as well as the No. 3 prospect in the state of Michigan. With nine offers to his name, Jordan is one of the most coveted recruits in the Midwest.
At 6’6” and 285-pounds, Jordan has prototypical left tackle size at the next level. He has the frame and agility to lineup as an imposing guard or kick out to the tackle position if need be, and versatility will certainly be a feather in his cap. Jordan finishes blocks well, thanks in part to his long arms that also serve to keep pass rushers at bay. Jordan rarely takes false steps in pass protection, which puts him in good position to explode into crashing defensive linemen. When shucking defenders away, Jordan is strong at the point of attack. On tape, Jordan exhibits very strong hands that allow him to toss defenders aside, which becomes a strong asset in both run and pass blocking. This ability to shape alleys often leads to long rushing gains on film.
At the next level, Jordan could end up as an offensive tackle or kick inside if it gets him on the field quicker. He has the size and foot quickness necessary to play offensive tackle in the Big Ten, as well as the quickness of the line and drive to clear out both linemen and linebackers in run blocking. Jordan will do well under a collegiate strength and conditioning program that allows him to better prepare his body, and Ohio State has a track record of putting contributing linemen in the NFL.
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