Walsh Staying In Touch With Martin

Another year, another nationally ranked offensive lineman for Glenbard West High School (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) head coach Chad Hetlet. Two years ago, Scout.com's top ranked offensive guard Chris Watt lined up for the Hilltoppers and in 2010, Hetlet will have Scout.com's No. 2 rated offensive guard Jordan Walsh lining up for him.

Scout.com has Jordan Walsh (6-foot-4, 270-pounds) ranked as the No. 2 offensive guard in the nation and he's in Notre Dame's backyard. Not only is he from the Chicagoland area, a traditionally strong recruiting area for Notre Dame, but he's also from the same high school as current Irish offensive lineman Chris Watt.

"I've been talking to coach Martin," Walsh replied when asked when about his contact with Notre Dame. "I called him and he wanted me to come over to one of their junior days, so I'm looking forward to that. We talked about how their recruiting is going and how they're watching everybody and evaluating everyone. I've only talked to coach Martin so far…I like him. I know he was a pretty good coach at Grand Valley State.

"Notre Dame is a really hard school to get into. It's always been a really good program. I know there's been a lot of stuff going on now with the coaching situation. I don't know a lot about Notre Dame, but I'm looking forward to learning more and getting to know the new coaching staff."

His March 20 unofficial visit won't be Jordan's first look at the Notre Dame football program. Last summer he attended the Notre Dame football camp and then followed that up with an unofficial visit for the Boston College game.

"I would like to get to know the coaches like I did the old coaching staff," Walsh explained. "I got to know coach Verducci pretty well over the summer and through the season. Everything has basically been football specific. We haven't really gone into academics, so I'd like to see more from that side.

"My former teammate Chris Watt plays there and he's told me a little bit about how things are going. I haven't talked to him about the new coaches. The last time I talked to him coach Kelly had just been hired and he hadn't hired all of his staff yet. I'm sure that he'll have plenty of things to tell me. We're pretty good friends and we talk a lot throughout the season, so he'll help me out."

Walsh is hoping his trip to South Bend in a couple weeks net him a scholarship offer from the Notre Dame coaching staff. Jordan already has offers from Arizona, Duke, Illinois, Indiana, Northwestern and Purdue. And as one of the nation's top prospects, he's receiving attention from a number of other top programs.

"I've taken a lot of unofficial visits," Walsh said. "I went to Notre Dame for my first game. I went to Illinois State and a couple of other ones last year. I just went to Iowa, I went to Purdue, and I just got invited to a Duke junior day, and I'm talking to my mom about going to Nebraska. Some other schools have contacted me and invited me, but they haven't really given me a date yet. I'm also going to try to go to Arizona for a visit sometime.

"I think Iowa is recruiting me pretty good, Ohio State, Michigan State and Connecticut and a few other schools. I'm pretty open to all schools at this point. I just want to learn about the different programs and meet the coaches."

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