Notre Dame Is Looking At Another Linebacker

Notre Dame had a little luck with their last recruiting class, when the Irish nabbed Emeka Nwankwo from Chaminade Madonna College Prep (Hollywood, Fla.) It appears that the Irish have interest in another player from Chaminade this year as well, linebacker Jordan Futch.

If you haven't heard much about Jordan Futch (6-foot-4, 215 pounds), prepare yourself for the rush of information. The standout linebacker didn't have a lot of scholarship offers early, but as spring has sprung the offers have begun to pile up. The Irish haven't extended an offer yet, but it shouldn't be long before they do.

"I just got off the phone with coach Brown," Futch responded when asked about his contact with Notre Dame. "I'd been talking to coach Parmalee. He was the coach that was recruiting me, but I think coach Brown is my new recruiting coach. They're looking to start recruiting me real hard and I think they're going to offer me real soon. I'm actually with Etienne Sabino, and Notre Dame just offered him."

Futch has seen the Notre Dame staff when they were recruiting Emeka Nwankwo. Emeka has told him what he likes about Notre Dame, but Futch has also had a chance to get feedback from a couple other Notre Dame players.

"Emeka and I are real cool. He lives right down the street. He's told me great things about coach Parmalee," Futch said. "I don't know if he knows coach Brown, but he's been telling me great things about all the coaches really. He told me about the school life, the coaching staff, and how they play. He told me everything.

"Armando Allen is from around this way and my cousin went to school with him at Hialeah-Miami Lakes. He's been telling me how much Armando likes Notre Dame and how highly he talks about the school. I was with my cousin the other day and we were talking to Armando after a practice. He says that he really likes it up there. I've talked to Sam Young as well. I've talked to a lot of people up there.

"I just got off the phone with coach Brown. I thought he was a great coach. I've heard great things about him and that he's a defensive mastermind. That's what I'm looking to play for, a great coach. I'd love to get the chance to get to know him. He told me that I'd be a great asset to the team in the ‘3-4' scheme. He told me that I was pretty versatile, but we really didn't get into the football stuff. He was just catching up, because they hadn't really been able to recruit me.

"He said that they were going to offer me and if they do, me and Sabino are going to try to get up there in May. We're going to try to make an unofficial visit up there and then hopefully get an official visit up there later."

If Notre Dame is going to offer they will need to do so quickly. Futch already has a pile of offers from some of the top programs in the country.

"I have a couple big offers right now," Futch said. "I have offers from Miami, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Auburn, Wisconsin, South Carolina. I think I'm going to get Southern Cal and Ohio State tomorrow. The offers are staring to come pretty fast. The same guys that are recruiting Sabino are recruiting me.

"I'm looking for a school with a great coach and I'm looking for a family oriented team. We have a saying at Chaminade that there's "One heartbeat, one team'. That's what I'm looking for. Everyone talks about talent on a team, but it's really the coaches. The coaches teach discipline and you can do anything with a disciplined team that plays together."

Last season Futch made a huge contribution to his team's success. On defense he registered 92 tackles, 15 tackles for a loss, nine sacks, six forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, two blocked punts, and one interception.

"I played linebacker and safety last year," Futch explained. "We run the ‘3-4', so it's a pretty complex defense. I played over the tight end a lot and did a lot of stuff in coverage. I did a lot of nickel and safety type stuff. I do a lot of coverage in our scheme, or go after the quarterback. I really played all over the field, but usually I'd play the outside linebacker, where I could use my speed.

"I'm a smart player. My teammates are so great that they allow me to make plays. I read off of them and I just get after it. I'm a very aggressive player. If you get in my way I'm going to knock you down. I'll do whatever it takes to get to the ball. Smart and aggressive would be my playing style. I want to quarterback thinking about me when I come off the edge. I get after it every play and I'll try to hit you as hard as I can. I bring violence." Top Stories