Zordich Has Always Liked Notre Dame

It came during small talk, but Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis gave Michael Zordich and his Cardinal Mooney High teammates, Dan McCarthy and Brandon Beachum reason to smile. When the three were on campus, he told the Youngstown, Ohio products that he would be checking them out, keeping track of them, and recruiting them.

What Weis saw from the 6-foot-1, 230-pound Michael Zordich this past season, was a linebacker that was always around the football in making over 100 tackles, helping lead his team to an undefeated season and a Division IV state championship.

Zordich, one of the top players in the country at his position in the class of 2008, has a scholarship offer from LSU, and is receiving mail from almost every school in the nation including Notre Dame. He attended last year's Irish-Penn State game, where his father, also named Michael, was an All-American before going on to a 12-year NFL career as a safety.

"It was awesome, they killed them," Zordich said. "I really liked the coaching staff, everything they got going right now. It's a great school. The stadium is awesome, real old school. The campus is amazing, very clean and well taken care of.

"I've always liked Notre Dame," Zordich continued. "I like the type of school it is and what it stands for. Coach Weis is doing pretty good. I've always been a fan of Notre Dame."

Zordich, who has also made it to Notre Dame's football camp last summer, attended all his father's home games when he was in the league, and some of the away games. He tries to emulate some of things he watched his Dad do on the field.

"His style of play was, he was physical," Zordich said. "He would bring it. He was just a lot of fun to watch. Every time I watched him, he was a very good leader and a very good captain. I enjoyed watching him play.

"I was captain of the defense this year, calling the plays and everything, calling the strengths. Telling people where to go, and moving people if they were in the wrong spot and making sure they knew what they're supposed to do."

Zordich knew what he was doing on offense as well. The fullback with 4.7 speed ran for 980 yards and 13 touchdowns, averaging seven yards per carry. A few schools have talked to him about playing offense, but most programs are recruiting Zordich to play linebacker.

Zordich has also camped at Penn State and reports a 350-pound bench press and a 500-pound squat. He has also seen the campuses at Ohio State and Michigan.

"Obviously LSU," Zordich stated when listing his early favorites. He has a 3.65 GPA. "Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan, but there is a lot of other schools. I wouldn't say I have any favorites. It's very early, and I'm basically interested in all of them."

Zordich would like to make a college decision before his senior season, but isn't going to pull the trigger unless everything feels right. And he's not getting any push from his parents. His mother also graduated from Penn State.

"They tell me it's my decision, do what I want to do, just make it smart," Zordich said.

Zordich has already grown bigger than his father. He'd kid him about it, but all the family and his Dad's friends do it for him.

"Plus I can't, because my brother has got me," Zordich said. " He has me in height, but he doesn't have me with the weight."

Zordich believes his brother Alex, a freshman, and McCarthy's backup at quarterback will develop into a blue-chip recruit himself. But right now, it's Zordich, McCarthy and Beachum getting the attention.

"We hang out all the time," Zordich said. "We've always been friends, and it's real cool going through this process together. If we have any questions, we just talk to each other. There is always making fun of each other and messing with each other, but it's a lot easier going through it with them.

"We have talked about playing together and we all think that would be sweet, but we also know we have to make a decision that is best for ourselves. If that doesn't put us at that same school, if it's not the best for all of us, there is no problem going to other schools."

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