One of the top prospects in the state of Tennessee, Brentwood Academy athlete Chris Jordan, made an unofficial visit to one of the several Southeastern Conference programs that are recruiting him Saturday.
"I went to Alabama yesterday," he said. "It went well. I was impressed with the facilities and stuff the coaches seemed nice. I talked to (Crimson Tide head) coach Nick Saban for a while and I met all the coaches."
The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder and his parents had a lengthy conversation with Saban.
"He wasn't really talking to me," he said. "He was talking to my parents basically and was talking about the academics, building a player and a person and how education was more important than football and stuff."
Jordan also had the chance to talk with other members of the Tide coaching staff.
"Coach Burton Burns seemed nice," he said. "I talked to (receivers) coach Curt Cignetti the most. He's real cool. I like him."
Cignetti is Jordan's Alabama recruiter of record and was a Rivals.com Top 25 recruiter nationally for the Class of 2006 while at North Carolina State.
In addition to the coaching staff, Jordan was impressed with a number of other aspects of the Alabama program.
"On a scale of 1-10, I would give them a 10," he said. "The weight room was amazing and the field and the stadium was something I could picture myself playing in. They have an academic building that I haven't seen at any other schools I think that it's 3-4 stories high. They have personal tutors, personal classrooms and study halls. They also have a lounge just to get away if you want.
"Alabama is pretty much a great school. I am using Alabama as a role model university, so I will know what to expect from other schools when I go there."
Jordan added that the Tide is recruiting him as a tailback.
Clemson also is still in the mix and Jordan plans to head down to the Northwestern corner of Upstate South Carolina to get a closer look at the Tigers in June.
"When I went to Clemson (for the NIKE Camp last May), I didn't get to look at Clemson like I did with Alabama (Saturday), so I can't really get into a comparison of the two right now," he said. "I am going to go check out Clemson some time in June."
Class of 2007 national top 25 recruiter Billy Napier is recruiting Jordan for the Tigers, who added "Florida, Georgia Tech are in the mix right now as well."
Ole Miss, Auburn, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina and others also have offered Jordan.
Besides Clemson, Jordan doesn't have any additional trips scheduled, but says he could make a few more.
"For whatever my schedule allows, I will travel to some local schools that are one or two states away," he said. "I have already been to UT and Vandy, so it may be like some neighboring states, I would check them out."
Currently, Jordan is working toward a potential state championship with the Brentwood Academy track and field team.
"The 4x100 team that I am on is guaranteed at state," he said. "I also may qualify in high jump, but I don't know."
Jordan is a Rivals250 to watch prospect for the Class of 2008.