'10 LB commit Zumwalt adds USC, UCLA offers

When Stanford linebacker commit Jordan Zumwalt made the short trip to the L.A. Memorial Coliseum to watch Stanford and USC battle last weekend, he surely wasn't expecting to witness a blowout of historic proportions...

So suffice it to say Jordan Zumwalt left impressed after watching the Cardinal hang a record 55 points on the once vaunted Trojan defense.

"Uhhh, wow," Zumwalt said. "Stanford looked very good. Their offense looked really good and they just seemed like they played really well together."

Still, according to the 6-foot-4, 217-pound tackling machine, that type of performance isn't even indicative of what the Cardinal will look like when the team reaches its full potential.

"They're still getting better and they still have room to grow believe it or not," Zumwalt said. "They're playing really well together right now and they have a bunch of good players, athletes and coaches. I think they're still on the rise even now. They'll be good for the next couple of years."

And where does Zumwalt see himself fitting into the Cardinal equation?

"I would love to come in and start right away," Zumwalt said. "I mean that's what every recruit's goal is. But at Stanford, I feel like I would have the chance to come in and actually make an impact. That's big and actually I'm really excited for it. I would love to go up and play as much as possible."

With that said, Zumwalt isn't completely closing the door on the possibility of attending college elsewhere. While the recruit said that should he clear Stanford's admissions process, the likelihood of him staying a Cardinal is "very high," he also expressed a desire to perform his due diligence for the two Southern California schools that have recently joined the race for his services, USC and UCLA.

"[USC] was a big-time offer," said Zumwalt, a three-star recruit. "I mean they're a big-time name in football and they're a very big football program. It meant a lot and I guess you kind of have to consider it.

"[UCLA] is also a big-time name in football. Everybody knows who UCLA is and I guess you have to consider that, too. They're a big-time offer."

Still, Zumwalt said he "absolutely" feels good about his admissions chances to Stanford and is working overtime to ensure he gets admitted.

"I'm currently just about to send in my application," said Zumwalt, who reports a 3.3 GPA and declined to report his SAT score. "I just have to make it through my two AP classes."

Still, those AP classes can be harder than they appear.

"The AP classes are definitely a struggle," Zumwalt said. "It's a lot of work. I'm not used to it because I haven't taken an AP class before and they're rough."

But it's not like Zumwalt has let the stress of taking AP courses and working on the Stanford application distract him from his duties on the football field.

Scout.com's 19th-ranked middle linebacker is having a monster season for Edison High School (Huntington Beach), highlighted by a game in which Zumwalt recorded 24 tackles and forced a fumble against Los Alamitos High School.

"Not just me, but everybody has progressed," Zumwalt said. "I think I've progressed since junior year a lot, just like everybody else on our team has."

After finishing the regular season with a 10-0 record and a No. 2 national ranking according to Maxpreps.com, the Chargers are set to take on Milikan High School in the first round of the Pac-5 playoffs this Friday night.

Zumwalt had originally hoped to take an unofficial visit to Stanford for the Cal game next weekend ("That would be so fun,") but the timing of his teams playoff game might interfere with those plans.

Either way, Zumwalt will make it up to The Farm in January for the committed recruits' visit weekend. At this point in time, he has no other visits scheduled.


Writer's note: While The Bootleg doesn't think it was a big deal, the mainstream sports media can't stop talking about the now infamous two-point conversion. So naturally, we asked Zumwalt about it.

"Uhh, I don't know," he said. "I didn't really think of it. I thought it was funny they didn't get it. They probably just wanted to put a bunch of points on the board and make a point."


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