Zordich High on Buckeyes

Youngstown Cardinal Mooney's Mike Zordich was one of many recruits that attended the Ohio State spring game last Saturday. The Buckeyes, as well as most of the top programs in the country have offered Zordich. Ohio State has landed three commitments this week. Might Zordich be nearing a decision to name his college choice?

Count Youngstown Cardinal Mooney star linebacker Mike Zordich as yet another Ohio State recruit that was impressed with last Saturday's spring game atmosphere inside The Horseshoe.

"It was awesome," Zordich said of the experience. "That place was crazy when over 75,000 people show up for the spring game. The atmosphere was great for college football."

Zordich is one of the top recruits in Ohio and has scholarship offers from Ohio State, Penn State, LSU, Oklahoma and others. He talked about his interest in the Buckeyes and if Saturday's visit will impact his view of Ohio State.

"I always wanted to play college football at a school like Ohio State since I started playing the game," Zordich explained. "Ohio State is clearly one of my favorites. The facilities are really something special and I get along really well with the Ohio State staff. I can't really say the visit changed things though because every time I go visit a school it affects how I feel. It was great talking with coach [Luke] Fickell and coach [Jim] Tressel. They came over at halftime and just hung out with some of the recruits for a while. That was cool."

Zordich said he enjoyed the opportunity to speak with Buckeye head coach Jim Tressel.

"Coach Tressel and I get along well," Zordich noted. "He told me they really want me. He said he really likes my style of play and my leadership qualities. That meant a lot to me. He said he likes what I've done so far in high school and we talked about our team's potential for next season. The visit went really well. He said that he would be in the school some time soon."

Although Zordich declined to name a leader, he talked about what will be the deciding factor in choosing which college to attend.

"All the schools that have offered me are great schools," Zordich said emphatically. "I'll make my decision when I get the feeling that it's the right thing to do. I'll know when I get that feeling and I'm just waiting for that moment. I really want to go to a school that really wants me. Once I know where I want to go I'm going to go public with it. I won't waste the other schools time. I just want to take my time and be 100% sure."

Zordich said the list of coaches visiting Cardinal Mooney this week reads like a who's who of college football.

"It's been pretty amazing really. We've had Syracuse, Michigan, Notre Dame, Michigan State and Iowa," he said. "Ohio State is supposed to be there on Friday and there are a lot more. I guess that comes from having four of us being Division-I recruits."

Zordich was referring to teammates Brandon Beachum, Danny McCarthy and Taylor Hill. All have multiple scholarship offers and Zordich hinted that they might be taking a recruiting visit together this summer.

"There's a good chance we might all be heading to Oklahoma," he revealed. "Our defensive coordinator is the brother of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops. He'll probably be taking all four of us out there."

Zordich was impressed that Ohio State landed three commitments this week from Mike Brewster, J. B. Shugarts and Nathan Williams.

"That's really good for Ohio State, " Zordich said. "It's awesome for those three guys to know where they'll be going to college. I'm just waiting until I'm 100% sure and then I'll make my decision and go with it."

Cardinal Mooney head coach P. J. Fecko has often raved about Zordich's intensity and strong leadership qualities. It's not hard to understand why Jim Tressel feels the same way and wants Mike to become a part of the Buckeye family.


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