Notebook: WMU decommit takes JUCO route, Ball State gets first commit

Former WMU commit takes JUCO route

Quarterback El Julian Jordan has announced his decision to attend Arizona Western College after being a Western Michigan commit almost this time last year. Jordan de-committed from WMU in December and the three-star quarterback turned into a hot target for junior college programs.

After Jordan re-opened his commitment in December, he received nine total offers from junior college programs: Independence Community College, Coahoma CC, College of DuPage, Lackawanna, Arizona Western College, ASA College, Butler CC, Blinn College, Monroe College, Tyler JC and Garden City. During his initial recruiting process, Jordan’s three football bowl subdivision offers were from Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green and WMU.

In Jordan’s announcement on Wednesday, he wrote that he, “fully intend(s) on winning 2 National Championships during my 18 months there!!”

Jordan’s an exciting recruit from the city and I think he would’ve certainly held his own at the FBS level. As a senior, he was the Detroit Free Press’ First Team All-Detroit quarterback (and captain) with his big season. He was 148-for-214 passing for 2,873 yards and 38 total touchdowns (27 passing, 11 rushing). His top receiving target, Jerodd Vines, caught 55 passes for 943 yards with 14 scores (21 total touchdowns). He made FreeP’s First Team All-Detroit roster on offense, but he’ll be playing safety for Eastern Michigan (had 15 sacks and 10 picks in 2017).

Ball State gets first commit

Ball State’s on the board with its first commit for the 2019 signing class. Meet Mark Nondorf.

Nondorf is an in-state recruit of of Indianapolis (Bishop Chatard) that committed last Friday. Ball State offered Nondorf last month and also held offers from Indiana, Pittsburgh and Eastern Kentucky. The day before he made his commitment public, Nondorf visited Ball State during a spring practice and was really impressed with the vibe around the program.

Nondorf is listed at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds and looks pretty skinny in his film. He’s got a pretty decent arm, looks calm when he improvises, so he could be interesting to follow.

McKinney sets vague plans

Cornerback Kyron McKinnie-Harper tweeted that he’ll be making his commitment before this football season, which puts him on the shortlist of of players I’ll be watching more closely this spring and summer.

McKinnie (Detroit, Mich., Cass Tech) is a three-star corner who is’s No. 39-ranked recruit in his state. So far, McKinnie has received offers from Syracuse, Central Michigan, Temple, Toledo, Washington State, WMU, Northern Illinois, Ball State and EMU.

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