.There were a few notable exceptions, however.
“We got to see more in-depth of everything than I had seen before,” Dontonio Jordan said. “The locker room, [we heard about] getting a new locker room, new weight room, we went to a lot of different places. I didn’t know Stanford had a mall, first of all, we saw Stanford Shopping Center, things like that. But everything else was just a review because I saw everything.”
The people, however, were different. Jordan spent time with many committed and uncommitted visitors on the trip.
“I got to meet a whole bunch of the recruits – Kyle Murphy, Josh Garnett, a whole bunch of the commits, Graham Shuler, all the guys,” Jordan said. “Everybody was cool. Jameis Winston, I hung out with him a lot, lot, lot. Aziz Shittu, all those guys I hung out with.”
After months of speaking with Stanford recruits and targets over the Internet, Jordan enjoyed finally getting to meet them in person.
“Definitely,” Jordan said. “I think the Facebook group helped a lot too. I don’t think a lot of schools that have the commits…it seemed like we knew each other for a long time. Like as soon as we saw each other, we were all cool. It was like we had known each other forever.”
Throughout the recruiting process, Jordan has been one of a handful of Cardinal commits to have gone out of his way to try and lure uncommitted prospects to The Farm. The Lake Dallas High School (Tex.) star’s recruiting efforts didn’t stop during the official visit weekend.
“As far as Josh Garnett and Kyle Murphy, I’ve built relationships with those guys, I’ve talked to them before on Facebook, but like you said, putting a face to it makes a difference,” Jordan said. “Those guys are really looking at Stanford. And Jameis, that’s probably my best friend now. I hung out with him all weekend - we went everywhere together. That’s my boy now.”
Before leaving California, Jordan met with several Stanford coaches. They all delivered a similar message to the three-star recruit: Be ready to play next season as a true freshman.
“I got a chance to sit down with coach Pep Hamilton, Coach Sanford, Coach Shaw, all three of them,” Jordan said. “They just said I need to come in ready and they know I will come in ready. They have big plans for me for the first year.”
A few days after returning home, Jordan had another discussion with Shaw about his future at Stanford. Late Tuesday night, he found out he was admitted to Stanford.
“I actually just got accepted 10 minutes ago,” Jordan said. “I was at a basketball game and Coach Shaw had called myself and my dad five times. So I just called them back when I got back home and he gave me the good news.
“I called him and he was just like, ‘Hey man, you’re admitted.’ It was a huge weight off my shoulders.”
Jordan said the family would probably do something the next day to commemorate the occasion.
“Since it was so late, we’ll probably do something [Wednesday] to celebrate it,” Jordan said. “But as of right now, we’re just basking in the moment.”
With the admissions process now in the past, Jordan is firmly committed to Stanford, and plans to sign with the Card in a few weeks.
“I can’t wait to sign,” Jordan said. “I’m ready for it.”
Jordan did say he might go on an official visit to the University of Houston before signing day, but only to accompany a friend who recently received a scholarship offer from the school.
“My friend just received an offer from Houston today, so I might go on a Houston official with him or something, but just to keep him company, nothing else,” Jordan said.
Jordan anticipates receiving in-home visits from both Shaw and Sanford before signing day.
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