Strong Leader

National Recruiting Editor
Posted Jan 4, 2008


"Oregon has a strong lead," Dion Jordan said. Jordan, Scout.com's No. 10 tight end, visited Eugene on Dec. 15. "It was a real good visit," he said. "It was a lot of fun. I really liked the city and just being able to hang out with the players. The area there isn't too fast and it's not too slow, but it's different from Arizona, which is nice. The campus at Oregon is also a really good size..."

Dion Jordan the 6-foot-6, 215-pound four-star tight end/defensive end from Chandler, Ariz., has narrowed down his choices to three schools - Oregon, Arizona State and Colorado. "Oregon has a strong lead," Jordan said. "I can't say what the percentage is, but they have a pretty good lead."

Jordan, Scout.com's No. 10 tight end, visited the Ducks on Dec. 15. "It was a real good visit," he said. "It was a lot of fun. I really liked the city and just being able to hang out with the players. The area there isn't too fast and it's not too slow, but it's different from Arizona, which is nice.

"The campus at Oregon is also a really good size and it's easy to get around," he said. "It's just a cool and laid-back place and all the players seemed like cool guys and they accepted me and made me feel welcome."

He says the Ducks are recruiting him for wide receiver. "I got to watch their bowl practice and it actually reminded me of our high school practices," he said. "They work hard, but know how to have fun. I really like their offense."

The Sun Devils are also recruiting him for wide receiver and Jordan says he was very impressed with their turnaround in 2007. "I really like coach Dennis Erickson and his whole staff," he said. "They are great people and I have a good relationship with all of them. They had a great season and I knew that coach Erickson would turn them around. I just didn't think he'd be so successful that quickly."

He also visited Colorado on Sept. 21 and the Buffs are recruiting him for tight end. "They had a pretty good year and are an up-and-coming program."

Jordan, who suffered severe burns from an accident in early October says he's healing well. "My rehab is going great," he said. "I'm running everyday and working out. I'm really basically all healed. I'm just working on getting my muscles and strength back. Plus, I'm still waiting for my skin color to come back. Otherwise, I'm doing good."

Expect Jordan to make a decision before signing day. "I'm not sure when, but I probably won't wait too much longer to commit," he said. "The thing I want to be sure about is that I find a place where I can be happy for four to five years. I want to be around coaches and players that I like and go somewhere I fit in. I don't want to change who I am."

He reports a 2.4 core GPA but says he doesn't remember his SAT score. He'll retake the SAT on Jan. 26. "I took it last year," he said. "I don't really remember. I took summer school and am doing better in school. I just want to finish strong and I'll be good. I'm definitely on track to graduate."



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