The Detroit News continues its countdown of the top 15 Blue Chip recruits for 2016 with Michael Jordan of Plymouth at No. 8.
There’s another Michael Jordan making a name for himself and he plans on piling up the pancakes while causing havoc in the Big Ten as an offensive lineman for the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Jordan is already making his transition to college life, taking 16 credit hours while working out in preparation for spring ball.
Jordan was a dominating two-way player for Plymouth as a 6-foot-6, 310-pound lineman, helping the Wildcats to a 6-4 record and state playoff appearance in 2015.
“I had a lot of fun my senior year,” said Jordan, a four-star prospect who made The Detroit News Dream Team. “The game that really stood out was our (31-20) win over Canton in Week 7. I had 23 pancakes in that game and made 10 tackles, too. It was a great win for us.”
Plymouth coach Mike Sawchuk said Jordan didn’t give up a sack all season and helped the Wildcats rush for more than 3,000 yards.
Jordan said he bulked up by working hard in the weight room prior to his senior season.
“I went from 280 to 302 pounds from my junior to senior season, so I put on more than 20 pounds and felt much stronger,” Jordan said. “I worked out hard, went up 30 pounds on the bench press, benched 225 pounds 20 times.”
Jordan says he prefers offense to defense.
“I love playing offense, enjoy the pancakes,” said Jordan, who was recruited by the Buckeyes to play on the offensive line.
Jordan said his long-time affinity for Ohio State played a role in his decision. Jordan said his final two schools were OSU and Michigan State, the top two programs in the Big Ten the past few years.
“I was an Ohio State fan since I was a little kid,” said Jordan. “I lived in Ohio a long time, until I was 10 years old, then moved to Kentucky, then to South Carolina before coming here (to Plymouth) my freshman year.
“Michigan State was tied with Ohio State as my No. 1 school, but they (MSU) didn’t have my major,” said Jordan, who will major in International Business at OSU.
DETROIT NEWS BLUE CHIP COUNTDOWN
No. 8 Michael Jordan, Plymouth (Ohio State)
No. 9 Cedrick Lattimore, Detroit East English (Iowa)
No. 10 Trishton Jackson, West Bloomfield (Michigan State)
No. 11 David Reese, Farmington (Florida)
No. 12 Brandon Randle, Battle Creek Central (Michigan State)
No. 13 Josh Jackson, Saline (Virginia Tech)
No. 14 Martell Pettaway, Detroit King (West Virginia)
No. 15 Brad Tanner, Romeo (Western Michigan)