Indiana Prospect Has Offers

Jeff Samardzija is a big target who had a tremendous junior season. Samardzija talks about a verbal commitment timetable as well as his summer plans.

Jeff Samardzja, a 6-foot-4, 191-pound, wide receiver from Valparaiso, Indiana will be among the top prospects in the Midwest in 2002.

Samardzija will be four-year varsity starter at the wide receiver position and a three-year varsity starter as a defensive back.

Jeff led his team to a runner-up finish in 2001. Valparaiso came up on the short end against Indianapolis (Ben Davis) and Tennessee bound quarterback, James Banks.

"I've been offered a scholarship by Purdue and today Indiana offered." Samardzija said.

"My top schools would be Purdue, Michigan, Northwestern and Notre Dame. I don't have a favorite.

I don't know about camps this summer. If I get a letter from a school that I'm interested in and they want me to come to their camp for a day, I might do that.

Samardzija reminds me a lot of Purdue's Stuart Schweigert. Both have similar builds and after I watched film on Samardzija, I pulled Schweigert's tape from my archives, watched and made comparisons.

Will the Purdue faithful have a chance to make the comparisons? Only time will tell.

"I'd like to commit early if it's the right situation. If there's a school that I like and they haven't offered before the season, I'll wait."
,br> Samardzija had 1,197 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns in 2001. On defense he had five interceptions and three of those were returned for touchdowns.

A super three-sport athlete (basketball and baseball) with great grades (3.97 GPA), Jeff Samardzija is going to be quite a catch for a program.

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