"Z" Down to Two

Youngstown Cardinal Mooney star linebacker Mike Zordich has narrowed his list to Ohio State and Penn State. Zordich has offers from many of the top programs in the country, including LSU and Oklahoma. Zordich talked about what he likes about both the Buckeye and Nittany Lion programs with Bill Greene.

To nobody's surprise Youngstown Cardinal Mooney's Mike Zordich is down to Penn State and Ohio State as his final two choices to play his college football.

"I'm down to Ohio State and Penn State," Zordich stated emphatically. "I was recruited by a lot of great schools, with great coaches, but Ohio State and Penn State just stood out to me."

Zordich talked about what is appealing about both Penn State and Ohio State.

"Penn State is a program I've been around my whole life, with my dad having played there," Zordich explained. "Penn State is a great school and I think Joe Paterno is awesome and one of the greatest coaches in history. Coach Bradley, the defensive coordinator, is a great coach too. I just like the tradition that they have and they always play great defense. Penn State is just a great school and a great program."

"Ohio State is Ohio State," Zordich continued. "They've been on top for a while and they've had some great teams. Coach [Jim] Tressel is a super guy and a great coach. Coach [Jim] Heacock does a great job as the defensive coordinator. I know they have a bunch of great players coming in and they have a lot of great players returning. Ohio State is a great school and, like Penn State, is a great overall program. These schools are so similar in many ways. This is going to be a very tough choice."

Zordich said he's not looking at the depth chart of either program and will not let who's being recruited effect his decision.

"At Penn State, they're only recruiting three linebackers, Shayne Hale, Andrew Sweat and myself," he said. "Ohio State is recruiting us three also, plus a few others. I know that at schools like Ohio State and Penn State they will always be bringing in great players. I don't really know any of the Penn State commitments, but I've talked with Jake Stoneburner and Mike Brewster and they seem like great guys. I'm not going to let the depth chart of either school bother me at all. I'm not afraid to compete for playing time."

Zordich talked about any potential visits to either Penn State or Ohio State and if such a trip would be necessary to finalize his decision. There were reports that he is headed to Penn State this upcoming weekend.

"I'm really not sure about taking another visit to either school," Zordich exclaimed. "I might be going to Penn State next week but I'm not sure about that at this time. I don't know if I really need to make another visit to either place since I know both programs pretty well. I have nothing set at this time."

Zordich addressed the reports that he's close to committing to the school of his choice.

"I'll definitely be committing before the start of my season," Zordich said. "That is something I'm sure of. I know a lot about both schools and I can't imagine taking longer than that. There's a chance it could be this week and there's a chance it could be three months from now. Whenever it comes, it comes. I really can't go wrong at either school and I just want to be 100% sure of my decision."


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