Gordinier Offered, Eager to See College Park

New Jersey is a prime recruiting area for Maryland, and just a couple days ago the Terps extended an offer to a linebacker they'd been monitoring for quite some time. Red Bank Catholic (N.J.) inside backer Jamie Gordinier finally pulled a Terps scholarship Feb. 25 and said he was "really excited" about it and eager to visit College Park, Md., this spring.

New Jersey is a prime recruiting area for Maryland, and just a couple days ago the Terps extended an offer to a linebacker they'd been monitoring for quite some time. Red Bank Catholic (N.J.) inside backer Jamie Gordinier finally pulled a Terps scholarship Feb. 25 and said he was "really excited" about it and eager to visit College Park, Md., this spring.

"I was excited because that's a school that I've been talking to since the beginning. Right in my sophomore year, they were there looking at me," said the 6-foot-4, 235-pound Gordinier. "My coach told me to give Coach [Keith] Dudzinski a call, and [Dudzinski] told me they really liked me and see me playing as an inside linebacker there, which is kind of cool since they're one of the few saying that. I wouldn't say I prefer inside linebacker, but it's where I primarily play now and I'm more used to it. A lot of schools want me to put my hand in the dirt or be a rush outside linebacker.

"But Maryland wants me inside, and they definitely like my physicality there and think I could fit in well."

Gordinier said his conversation with Dudzinski was brief, but he's spoken to him enough to know what he and the Terps are all about. The Red Bank backer said Dudzinski has visited his school a couple times and has been developing a rapport with him since last year.

"Coach Dudzinski is a really good guy; we talk a lot and we have been more and more recently," Gordinier said. "He visited [Red Bank] a couple times just to watch me work out and talk to my coaches."

Maryland just hosted two junior days Feb. 22 and 24, and while Gordinier was invited, he was unable to attend due to family obligations. He said he'll likely trek down to College Park in April when his brother, a high school senior who is going to Catholic University, visits his future college in Washington, D.C.

"I'm definitely looking forward to seeing the school and meeting all the coaches down there," Gordinier said. "I've heard some great things about Maryland. I think it's awesome they're going to the Big Ten and will be playing all those great teams."

The Terps aren't the only school Gordinier will be looking at. He also has prospective trips to Northwestern, Miami and Virginia coming up.

Earlier this offseason he visited Boston College, and two weekends ago he took in Duke.

"I liked Duke a lot. The coaches are awesome, and I got to watch them practice. I could see myself fitting in with those guys. Everything was great there," Gordinier said. "And back in January I saw Boston College, I really loved them too. They've been recruiting me for a long time, and I think they were the third school to offer. They showed they really need me there and they want at linebacker too like Maryland."

Currently Gordinier holds offers from Miami, BC, Cincinnati, Duke, Pittsburgh, Northwestern, ODU, Rutgers, Temple, Virginia and West Virginia, in addition to Maryland. He said Penn State could be close to offering, and admitted a Nittany Lions scholarship would be "huge."

"I'd definitely like to get an offer from PSU because that's the first school I ever visited my sophomore year for a game. Then I went to a camp and then another game last year, and I really like it there," Gordinier said. "They've been on me from the get-go, and even the new coaching staff with James Franklin has been staying in touch."

Gordinier isn't claiming any favorites at this point, however. He said he'd like to take his time and let the process play out before making a decision at some point next fall.

"I don't have any schools that I'd say I'd definitely like to have offers from, or favorites at this point," said Gordinier, who had 86 tackles and 3.5 sacks for a 10-1 team last year. "I have to take some more visits first before I can do all that."

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