A More Intimate Trip to ND

Michael Zordich had already been to Notre Dame twice, so all the sites shown on Sunday's Junior Day, Touchdown Jesus, the Golden Dome, etc., he had already seen. But this trip to South Bend was a little more intimate for the linebacker. Zordich was asked to come by the campus an hour before the 11 a.m. start time, so the coaches could talk to him.

Zordich and his mother woke up bright and early and made the drive from their Youngstown, Ohio home. When the Cardinal Mooney standout, and one of the best linebackers in the recruiting class of 2008 arrived, he caught up with Irish assistant coach Brian Polian.

"We watched some film together in his office," Michael Zordich said. "We got to talking and got to know each other.

"It was (New York) Jets film because the new defensive coordinator (Corwin Brown) coached with the Jets last season. We watched a game where the Jets played the (Cleveland) Browns, and he showed me where I'd be playing."

The vision for the 6-foot-1 230-pound Zordich is to play inside linebacker. He had over 100 tackles this past season, helping Cardinal Mooney to and undefeated record and a Division IV state championship.

"They said they were very interested, but they didn't know anything about me, they didn't have film, so I brought them some film and hopefully something will happen there.

"I like the way the linebackers play in this defense." Zordich plays in a 4-3 at Cardinal Mooney.

LSU was the first school to like Zordich, offering him a scholarship in early February. Over the last couple weeks, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Syracuse, and Penn State have stepped to the table with offers. Zordich's father Michael was an All-American at Penn State before going on to a 12-year NFL career as a safety.

"It's been real good lately," Zordich said about the offers.

Zordich's high school teammate, Dan McCarthy, a safety and quarterback, was offered a scholarship by Notre Dame last week. McCarthy told the Notre Dame coaches that Zordich would probably come up for junior day also.

"He just said that they were interested and excited that I was coming up," Zordich said.

"I got to meet all the coaches and everything, talk to everyone. It's a great campus, I love the way it looks. It's well kept and everything."

Zordich and his 4.7 speed also plays fullback. This past season he rushed for 980 yards and 13 touchdowns, averaging seven yards per carry. He reports a 350-pound bench press and a 500-pound squat. His GPA is 3.65.

Zordich said he would like to make a college decision before his senior season, and may camp at Notre Dame for the second straight summer.

While Zordich knew what he was going to see on Notre Dame's campus, it was his mother's first trip to South Bend. Cynthia Zordich, a famous photographer, had her camera out for this visit.

"She was all over the place with the camera," Zordich said with a laugh. "She had a great time."

Maybe she'll eventually be taking pictures of her son on another visit to Notre Dame while he is wearing an Irish uniform.

IrishIllustrated.com Top Stories