October 29, 2007

Four-star names final three

Ever since his transfer to Brentwood (Tenn.) Brentwood Academy from Norcross (Ga.) his junior year, Chris Jordan has been one of the most heavily-recruited players in the state of Tennessee. Now as the homestretch to his senior season comes into focus, the end of his recruitment is in sight as well and he has named the final three schools in the hunt. He also hinted that one school is privately a clear leader.

"I'm not going to announce until December," Jordan said of his commitment. "But I already know the school that I'm going to pick. I want to wait until I've taken all of my visits before I commit."

The visit schedule is also set with Clemson coming first for its Nov. 17th game against Boston College. The following weekend he will visit Auburn for the Iron Bowl and he will close out his visits with a trip to Alabama the first weekend in December. Following those visits he plans to schedule an announcement.

At 6-2 200-plus pounds, Jordan is a big, strong, physical back with great acceleration and athleticism. He has the size and athleticism to be productive on the other side of the ball as well, but Jordan has contended all along that he wants to be a running back in college.

While the promise that he will have the opportunity to compete at running back is common among his final three, several factors play into his list of finalists.

"From the beginning it's been a race between Alabama and Clemson," Jordan said. "I've always been big on UT but I don't want to stay in the state of Tennessee.

"I've been following Clemson since I went to a combine there my sophomore year," he said. "They've really been high on me and I've got a good relationship with coach Napier.

"Alabama, I've been down there a lot and I just like it there," he said. "They're real high on my list."

While Auburn wasn't one of the initial favorites, its relationship with his high school and his relationship with the coaches have moved them into the mix.

"I have an interest in Auburn because a lot of people from Brentwood Academy have gone there," he said. "I went to Auburn and their facilities were really nice. I've got a really good relationship with their running backs coach, coach Gran and I've gotten to know coach Nall and they're good guys."

When healthy, Jordan has been dominant this season for the Eagles. He has been playing through a high ankle sprain that has limited his snaps recently as his team prepares for its playoff run. However, when Jordan has gotten a heavy workload, he has consistently put up big numbers on the ground.







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