When the Irish coaching staff visited Notre Dame High School to recruit Dayne Crist and Anthony McDonald last spring, they couldn't help but notice Jordan Barrett (6-foot-3, 225 pounds). Barrett is a big-time player and he'll be one of the mostly recruited linebackers on the West Coast.
"They came to my school to talk to Anthony and Dayne and they saw me playing next to Anthony," Barrett responded when asked at what point Notre Dame showed interest in him. "My coaches told me that they had been talking to the Notre Dame coaches and that they had some pretty good things about me. At the beginning of this school year I started getting mail from them and they've sent me tickets to some of their home games and other stuff.
"I know they have a great tradition. Anthony and Dayne tell me great things about the campus, the facilities and the coaches from when they went to visit. They just say that it's amazing.
It's likely that Jordan will have a wealth of options when it comes time for him to his college decision. Barrett hasn't completed his junior season and he's already drawing interest from a number of prominent programs.
"[Notre Dame], UCLA, Oregon, USC, Boston College, Georgia Tech, and Wake Forest are probably the schools that send me mail just about every day and that are recruiting me the most," Barrett explained. "Right now it's tough to say where my interested level is [with Notre Dame]. All the schools are really the same. I'm just trying to keep my options open and I want to look everywhere really."
"I plan on going and visiting some schools in the offseason. Oregon, Notre Dame; I might go to the East Coast and see some schools like Boston College. My parents told me to find a place that I'll fit in and where I'll be able to play, so we'll go around and look at the schools and compare all of them."
Barrett is a unique player, in that he is big enough and physical enough to play linebacker, but at the same time he has the athletic ability to be a factor on offense as well.
"I'd like to stay at linebacker, but I could play tight end too," Jordan said. "I'm comfortable at both positions. I've play fullback and running back, so I'm pretty comfortable on offense. I guess it doesn't matter where I play, but on defense, I'd like to stay at linebacker. I'll play anywhere, playing time is probably most important to me.
"When I was a freshman I played outside linebacker, but when I came to Notre Dame they put me at middle linebacker. I like playing in the middle because it gives you a chance to look over the whole defense. I have the ability to stop the run up the middle, and if the play bounces outside, I can run and chase it down. I'd say I'm aggressive and athletic. I can drop back and make the interception or make a play on the ball.
"I'm a lot more comfortable than I was last year," Barrett described. "From the first game this year, it was easier to come out and play, because of everything I learned my sophomore year. I'm definitely much more comfortable this year. I worked hard over the summer on the things that I needed to improve on from my sophomore year, and that has really helped me this year. I worked on everything. I'm better at reading the guards and dropping back in coverage. The work I did over the summer made my overall game better, which made me more comfortable on the field and allowed me to just go out and play."