Milford senior selects Delaware State

MILFORD – Milford High senior Thomas Jordan did his due diligence in searching for the college he wanted to attend.

It just turned out that institution happened to be right up the road.

Surrounded by family members, Thomas Jordan announced he was DSU-bound. (The Chronicle/Jeff Mitchell)

Surrounded by family members, Thomas Jordan announced he was DSU-bound. (The Chronicle/Jeff Mitchell)

Jordan, last week, announced that he had inked his letter of intent to play baseball at Delaware State University. The choice, he said, came down to more than just where he wanted to play baseball.

“When I went to the campus, the coach (JP Blandin) made me feel welcome,” said Jordan, who will major in education. “I liked how the campus was small. It was more than just baseball to me. They had my major, everything I want. It was the best fit for me.

“It’s close to home,” he continued. “And I know it means a lot for people to still come watch my games. I wanted my family to still be able to come watch. It was definitely a factor keeping it locally.”

Also aiding in the decision is Delaware State’s commitment to recruiting homegrown baseball talent. Several players already on the Hornets’ roster – including former Milford High standout Garrett Coverdale – and even more in the current recruiting class are at least acquaintances of Jordan.

“That was a factor too,” Jordan said. “I already know people, and I won’t be the new guy. I’ll be comfortable.”

The soon-to-be Milford High graduate plans to continue his education after attending DSU as well. And if things go the way he hopes, Jordan will one day be back in the Milford School District helping students make their own decisions on where to attend college amongst other things.

“After this my plan is to go to Wilmington (University) for another two years,” Jordan said. “I want to give back, help the kids. Maybe come back to Milford, be a guidance counselor, and help out where I came from.”

On the diamond, Jordan is being recruited as a middle-infielder. Cracking the lineup and helping the team in any way possible, however, is his main priority.

“They’ve said I have potential to play shortstop,” Jordan said. “But, anywhere in the infield, wherever I can play is where I will go.”

Two of Jordan’s three high school baseball seasons have ended in the playoffs. During those runs he has learned more about being a leader, said the Milford High senior.

“Leadership and just the will to win,” Jordan said are the attributes he got from playing with the Buccaneers that will aid him most at the next level. “The heart that this Milford team has… we know we’re not always the best team but we fight to win.”

College chosen, Jordan will look to make the most of his final year in high school and is looking forward to getting back on the diamond with the Buccaneers when spring practices begin in March. And he hopes that his last game in a Milford uniform is the sport’s final one played in 2016.

“State championship, that’s the goal this year,” he said. “We lost some key players from last year, but I definitely feel like we could still do it. It’s baseball, any team can win on any given day.”

Jordan’s final season at Milford is scheduled to begin March 22 when the Buccaneers host rival Caesar Rodney.

From the Milford Chronicle Sports Desk

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