Red Bank Catholic is one of the most renowned football programs in New Jersey, and every year the school churns out a Division I recruit or two. In the 2015 class, the school claims top Jersey linebacker Jamie Gordinier, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound hybrid who is coming off a huge junior season for his conference-winning squad.
"We had a really good year and finished 10-1," Gordinier said. "I had 86 tackles and four sacks just playing all over the defense. My versatility stands out. I can play with my hand in the dirt, standing up [at outside linebacker] and even in the middle. I had a really good year reading plays, but one thing I need to work on is my speed."
Gordinier already holds three initial offers from Pittsburgh, Boston College and Rutgers. He said some schools are recruiting him as an outside linebacker, while others want to bulk him up.
"I'll play defensive end, linebacker, it doesn't matter," Gordinier said. "Whatever a team needs I'm willing to do."
Besides his three early verbals, Gordinier believes he's close to adding two or three more. He said Penn State and Maryland have been showing significant interest, while Virginia Tech has been in touch as well.
Of that trio, he sounded particularly intrigued by PSU.
"I visited Penn State for the Illinois game and I got to talk to Coach [Bill] O'Brien and their defensive coordinator," Gordinier said. "I'm really interested in them. The facilities and coaches are awesome, and I loved the atmosphere. Their recruiter is coming to my school and they'll be talking about offering with my coach. An offer from them, that's one I've been hoping to get. I've always been interested in Penn State."
Maryland, though, seems to be fairly high on his list as well. The only difference between the Terps and Nittany Lions is Gordinier has seen PSU play but has yet to take in a Terps game. He said he was invited to College Park, Md., along with a few other schools, but was unable to attend most games because his high school played on Saturdays.
"I like Maryland a lot too," Gordinier said. "I haven't been there, but I'd love to see the school this offseason. Coach [Keith] Dudzinksi checked in with me on Facebook to see how my season was going, and wants me to see the school. He said Maryland could be a great fit and [the staff] could be thinking about offering me. [Dudzinksi] is coming to my school this week to see me."
Gordinier said he doesn't know much about the Terps other than what Dudzinski's told him via social media.
"But it's definitely an area I'd love to go to school in," the linebacker said. "Maryland's just been showing a lot of interest, and that makes me more interested in them."
Naturally, Gordinier is trying to learn as much as he can about the three schools that have offered him. He has been to a Rutgers game and said the hometown school would potentially be a good fit. He said it's a program he's familiar with and a staff he's developed a rapport with.
Boston College and Pittsburgh, in addition to Maryland, are next up on the visit list.
"BC, Pitt, and then Maryland, those are three schools I really want to see," said Gordinier, who also mentioned Virginia Tech as a possible trip destination. "BC and Pitt have offered and their coaches have both been in touch, trying to get me out there. I was really excited to get those offers and I'm looking forward to building relationships with them. Hopefully Maryland offers too."
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