Looking To Move Up

Jordan Roberts is high on Notre Dame, and the three-year starting quarterback from Aurora Christian High in Illinois, would like to see the Irish staff become a little more in love with him.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Roberts spoke with Notre Dame assistant coach Rob Ianello last week.

"He said they offered three guys at the quarterback position, but one of their guys already committed," Jordan Roberts began. Since that conversation, Casey Pachall joined Russell Shepard as two of the three Irish offers at the position to commit somewhere. The other recipient, Aaron Murray, remains open at this point. "He said for myself that I'm not on the bottom of their list, but I'm not at the top, so keep in touch with him."

Roberts plans to. He currently talks with Ianello once per week.

Over the last two years, Roberts have visited the Notre Dame campus five times. The first time they came in and watched a football practice and checked out the Guglielmino Athletics complex. The second time he came in for a one-day camp. Roberts came back for the spring game and the USC game last season, and attended the Irish's junior day last month.

"Just everything," Roberts stated about what he likes about the campus. "Obviously going there, it's hard when you go somewhere else and see that Notre Dame is top notch. Obviously (head) coach (Charlie) Weis does a great job there. Even though they struggled last year, this year they're going to come back. Who knows, this year and the year after that, I think they're going to be pretty tough to beat.

"Just the whole campus, it's a great school to go to academic wise."

Roberts is still waiting for his first scholarship offer, but that should come soon based off his eye-popping stats as a three-year starter. Other than Notre Dame, Roberts is hearing from Northwestern, Illinois, Northern Illinois, North Carolina, Michigan, Michigan State, Duke and Purdue.

As a junior, Roberts threw for 2,500 yards and 33 touchdowns. Using his 4.6 speed in the 40-yard dash, he also ran for 660 yards and 10 more scores, as Aurora Christian finished 12-1 and advanced to the Class 3-A state semifinals.

Roberts threw for 2,700 yards and 37 touchdowns, while adding three rushing scores as a sophomore, but the team finished 6-4.

Coming in his freshman year, Roberts knew the job was for the taking and quickly won it. The only returning quarterback left the program to focus on basketball, and Roberts did his thing to the tune of 1,600 yards passing and 16 touchdowns.

"I was pretty nervous, but once I started a few games it was kind of fine," he said.

Roberts also attended recent junior days at Northwestern, Purdue and Northern Illinois. He just sent out a recent tape to all the schools interested in him. He plays for former NFL receiver Don Beebe.

"It's great," Roberts said. "Obviously you always want to listen to what the coaches say, but he knows what he's talking about. He's been around Brett Favre and Jim Kelly, so he knows what he's talking about."

Roberts reported a bench press of 265 pounds, a squat of 425 pounds, and a GPA of 3.7.

"Probably overall playing time would be a big deal and then academics," he said of what he's looking for when deciding on a school. "Thinking more about it, the location of it."

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