Keep the Faith

National Recruiting Editor
Posted Mar 14, 2008

Jordan Luallen's first scholarship offer was from local favorite Indiana. "They offered me last June," he said. "It's just a short drive (30 minutes) down the road. But distance isn't really a factor either way. Staying close or getting away isn't going to be an issue. I can go to a small town or big city. And the weather doesn't matter either. It can get pretty rough here so I'm used to it..."

Jordan Luallen, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound four star quarterback from Center Grove High School in Greenwood, Ind., has five scholarship offers, but he is still waiting on an offer from his top choice - Georgia.

The Bulldogs lead slightly over Indiana, Georgia Tech, Stanford, Iowa, Michigan and Cincinnati. All of his favorites have offered, except Georgia and Michigan.

Luallen, ranked as the No. 16 quarterback in the country by, says he grew up following the Bulldogs. "It sounds weird because I'm from Indiana, but I've always liked Georgia," Luallen admits. "I have cousins from Georgia and I grew up really looking up to them and they were huge Georgia fans and I got into them too.

"I really like coach (Mike) Bobo (offensive coord, quarterbacks) and head coach Mark Richt," he said. "They are really good guys and I love how it's a family-based team. Coach Richt is really big on character and I like how open they are with their faith in Christ. That's something that I'm really looking at in schools. I want college to help build me up and make me a better person and my faith is really important to me."

He plans on attending the Dawgs' Junior Day and spring game on April 5 and will also be at their camp later this summer.

While Georgia hasn't offered yet, their in-state rival Georgia Tech has. "It was a big offer for me," he said. "I really like the staff down there and I think coach Paul Johnson and the triple option he likes to run is pretty intriguing. It's a bold move to try it in the ACC, but I think it'll work.

"I also really like Atlanta a lot," he said. "I go to Georgia almost every month to visit my cousins and feel very at home there. If I went there I know I'd have my family coming to my games to support me."

He's already attended junior days at Indiana, Kentucky and Cincinnati. He'll be at the Stanford quarterback academy during the summer.

"I've been out to southern California before for the Elite 11 quarterback camp and have worked with coach Bob Johnson a few times," he said. "I know it's different up in northern California, but I really like coach Jim Harbaugh. He has an NFL pedigree and he's a good quarterback coach. I also love how he calls the plays.

"I'm really looking forward to the camp and to see what kind of teacher coach Harbaugh is," he said. "It's really neat that they offered me and it actually caught me by surprise. They weren't really recruiting me too much before they offered. Plus, I don't think they recruit the Midwest too much."

Luallen's first scholarship offer was from local favorite Indiana. "They offered me last June," he said. "It's just a short drive (30 minutes) down the road. But distance isn't really a factor either way. Staying close or getting away isn't going to be an issue.

"I can go to a small town or big city," he said. "And the weather doesn't matter either. It can get pretty rough here so I'm used to it all."

While Luallen says proximity isn't an issue for him, it certainly has helped Indiana recruit him. "I've had a chance to really build a great relationship with them," he said. "They've been really supportive of me and have been recruiting me hard since the beginning."

Another school that has been after Luallen for a while is Iowa. "They were my second offer," he said. "I'm definitely going to check them out during spring practice. I really want to meet with the coaches because they seem like a good group. I like what they are trying to do there.

"They told me that they were the most successful when they had a quarterback that could run and throw, like Brad Banks," Luallen said. "And they think that I could be that type of quarterback for them."

Besides Georgia the other school that Luallen would like to get an offer from is Michigan. "I just sent them my film," he said. "I like that coach Rich Rodriguez is there and I'm gonna try to go out there and check out their spring practice too. I love his offense and I think he'll be really successful there."

Luallen is going to have a busy spring and summer and plans to make a decision before the start of his senior season. "Whenever I feel like the time is right, I'll commit," he said. "I'd like to commit before the season because I feel like we've got a good shot at winning the state championship and I don't want anything getting in the way."

Before he does decide, he admits that a school must meet a certain criteria. "I want to get a good degree and go where they have my major or something like it," he said. "My dream is to be a sports announcer on ESPN, so I want to major in radio and television broadcasting. Also I want to play for coaches that have a solid base of character and it would be great if they had a Christian background. I also want to feel like the school is in the right place and heading in a positive direction."

Luallen helped lead his team to a 9-2 record. He completed 60 percent of his passes for 756 yards and 12 touchdowns with no interceptions. He also rushed for 475 yards and 13 touchdowns. "I know my stats aren't that impressive to a lot of people, but we run a wing-T offense and I think I did pretty well."

He says he can bench 280-pounds, squats 330 and has a 31-inch vertical jump. "I'd say my biggest strength is my rushing ability," he said. "I'm a good double threat and make the defense worry. I'm also very accurate and make smart plays.

"I still have a lot of room to grow," he admitted. "I'm trying to improve my arm strength and technique. At quarterback there's always a lot you can continue to work on. I also want to work on my speed and footwork. I'd like to get a bit bigger too."

In addition to football, Luallen also does the 100-high hurdles (14.5 seconds) and 300-hurdles (39 seconds). "Doing hurdles helps my speed, but I'm not going to do it competitively in college."

Luallen reports a 3.5 core GPA and a 1620 SAT.

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