May 12, 2008

Signee update: Jordan up to 220

Chris Jordan
Position: Running back. Position Ranking: 22nd-ranked running back.
High school: Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy.
Commitment Date: 12/10/07.
Recruited By: Curt Cignetti.

Present size: 6-2, 220 pounds.

On playing his senior season with an injury: "I played the season on a bad ankle, a high-ankle sprain. At first it wasn't that bad and I thought I could play on it and be OK, but it got worse. I knew my team needed me out there, though. I've had two surgeries on it. They put screws in it in December, and took them out in January."

On his current workout routine and offseason weigh gain: "I've pretty much added just muscle because I've been lifting even with the boot on, especially upper body work. I'm looking to come in [to fall camp] at around 215."

On when he will enroll at UA: "I'm coming in June 1st with most of the rest of the guys."

On his future jersey number: "I asked Coach [Burton] Burns about it, and he said he wasn't sure. I wanted No.1, and he said he'd try to get it for me. I'd like to be No.1, but it's not that important. It's just a jersey."

On his course of study at Alabama: "I'm probably going to work toward something in the medical field, but I'm not totally sure yet."

On his future roommate: "It looks like it will be Don'ta Hightower and Jerrell Harris. I met those guys when I came on my official visit, and we had a great time. We talk all the time now."

Self-description of playing style: "I'm a bruiser mainly, but I also have the ability to make a move and get to the outside. [Former UA star rusher] Shaun Alexander is one of my role models. I didn't watch a lot of college ball growing up, but I just liked watching Shaun run."

On when he was sure he wanted to come to Alabama: "I came down for my official in December, and I hung out with Rashad Johnson. It just felt like home - coach Saban came to my house, and usually I didn't feel that comfortable around head coaches, but we sat with him and talked like he was in my family. Sunday morning we were asked to meet with him, and I felt good about it after praying. I told him I was committed to them, at that was it."

On which schools continued to recruit him after his commitment: "Clemson stayed after me a little bit. Coach [Billy] Napier would talked to me just to make sure I felt right about it. He took it well."

One thing people don't know about you: "I'm mature beyond my years. Growing up I had a childhood, but I had to work for what I got. At one time, my mom was got real sick and couldn't get out of bed, and I had to learn how to cook and take care of my sisters, and I took the initiaitve to go out and cut grass for extra money. I was 14, and did it until I was about 16. It was OK, depends on how big the yard was. I'd just charge 20 dollars usually, unless it was a real big yard."

On the possibility of playing linebacker at Alabama: "I talked to coach Saban and he asked what I wanted to play, and I have a passion to play running back. He can put me on defense because he's the coach, but I wouldn't have as much passion for it, so he's going to give me every opportunity to play running back. Other colleges, just because of my body size, they were wanting to move me to linebacker. But unless I was truly a better linebacker than a running back, I wouldn't want to move there. I only played linebacker my freshman year at Norcross (Ga.), so I don't know why people think that's where I should be."

On his relationship with fellow UA signee Devonta Bolton, a former high school teammate: "Devonta, he came in [at Norcross] around my sophomore year and from get-go we were cool. We did a little handshake and everything, still do. Devonta committed first. I bumped into him down at Alabama one weekend and got his number then, and he said he'd already committed. He was hanging out with Star Jackson - I didn't even know he was already committed. I'm excited to play with him and another Norcross guy, Darius Hanks. Hanks was one of the guys to take me under his wing when I came down there."

On his insight with 2009 Brentwood Academy prospect Alex Bullard: "I don't know, I think Alex is at the point where I was my junior year where all the offers are coming in and he's just trying to weigh them right now. But with him being in Tennessee, he's going down to UT and get all this praise and stuff, and it will be hard to keep things in perspective. But I know he likes Alabama and eventually I think it'll be down between Ala and Tennessee. Most people don't like Alabama here, but you'd be amazed how many Alabama alumni live here. They started popping up out of nowhere, saying 'Roll Tide' after I signed. It makes you feel part of a family."

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