Looking For a Good Score

Jordan Hill reads his SAT study guides regularly, and meets with a tutor, so he can be best prepared for the big test he's taking in May. If Hill does as well on that as he plays on Friday nights, the three-star defensive end prospect from Steelton, Pa., should be just fine.

At Notre Dame's junior day on Saturday, the Irish coaches told Jordan Hill the same thing most other schools recruiting him have already said. They like him, they could possibly offer, but they need a good SAT score.

"I'm taking it May 3rd," Hill said. The 6-foot-3 ½, 260-pounder is also receiving heavy interest from Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Maryland.

Hill was one of 10 prospects on Notre Dame's campus this weekend. He was joined by his Steelton-Highspire teammate Jeremiah Young. The two were making their first-ever trip to South Bend.

"First, we went in and registered," Hill said. "They had Madden on the floor for us to play. Me and Jeremiah hopped right on that and started playing right away. We played that until coach (Charlie) Weis came into the auditorium.

"He was talking about taking the day in and really thinking about Notre Dame and what's around when we were on the tour and when the other coaches were talking to us.

"Everything is gold, everything is shiny, I liked all that. Everything is built like a church. Definitely, I could see myself playing at Notre Dame."

This past season, Hill helped Steelton-Highspire to a Class-A state championship, by playing fullback, middle linebacker and defensive end. He had 89 tackles, 16 of those coming for loss with nine sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. On offense, he was Young's lead blocker, who is on pace to easily become Pennsylvania's all-time leading rusher this fall.

Hill got some one-on-one time with his recruiting coach John Latina, and Irish defensive line coach Jappy Oliver on Saturday, and also took in practice.

"Real intense," Hill stated. "I liked how they were practicing. Coach Weis doesn't play with anything. They got right into it and went right into the Oklahoma drill which was real hype with the players. I liked that a lot.

"Nothing was negative. That was a good thing. Everything I've seen up here hasn't been bad."

Before coming to Notre Dame, Hill, Young and the rest of the traveling party went by Michigan on Friday. Something came up with head coach Rich Rodriguez, so they didn't get to see much but the stadium.

Hill is going to Pittsburgh next weekend. He added he'll also hit up Connecticut in the summer, and could check out a couple other places.

On the way out, Latina told Hill he'd be in touch. Hill said he'd be studying.

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