(Buck)eye For An Eye

Turnabout is fair play in the world of college football recruiting. One day after Pennsylvania standout linebacker Andrew Sweat committed to Ohio State, Ohio standout linebacker Michael Zordich committed to Penn State. Zordich talked to FightOnState.com about his pledge.

A product of Cardinal Moody High in Youngstown, Michael Zordich told the Penn State staff he wanted to be a Lion while on an unofficial visit to campus Friday.

"I just got done talking to Coach [Joe] Paterno and Jay [Paterno] and Coach [Mike] McQueary," Zordich said. "This is where I want to be. I committed to Penn State."'

Zordich's father, also named Michael, was a multiple-year letterman for the Lions in the mid-1980s before embarking on a long NFL career with the Jets, Cardinals and Eagles. The younger Zordich said family ties to PSU did play a part in his decision.

"I chose Penn State because it's a good fit for me," he explained. "I like the people, it has a great tradition and it is just where I feel I belong."

Zordich had narrowed his choices to Penn State and Ohio State. He said he made his mind up earlier this week but waited to announce so he could tell the PSU coaches in person.

"It was kind of tough, just with my home state school and Penn State is where my dad went," he said. "But in the end, I didn't have trouble making the decision."

Zordich reports that he now measures in a 6-foot-1 and 235 pounds. Despite speculation that he could play fullback at the next level, he said Penn State recruited him as an inside linebacker.

Two other PSU targets play for Cardinal Mooney: RB/LB Brandon Beachum and DB Dan McCarthy. Will Zordich try to convince them to join him in Happy Valley?

"I'd love to play with them [in college], but it's not my style to push," he said. "I'll tell them about Penn State and if they come, great. But I'm not going to push it."

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