Recruiting Update: 2010 LB Jordan Zumwalt

It has been quite a week in the Pac-10 and coaching transition concerns are natural for prospective student-athletes arriving at a pivotal point in their promising young lives. LB Jordan Zumwalt is one of the most valued among Stanford's 2010 verbal commits, but the assistant coaching staff shake-up and continuing admissions uncertainty have left the door open for the two So. California schools

Recruiting Update: 2010 LB Jordan Zumwalt

Standout linebacker Jordan Zumwalt of Edison High School (Huntington Beach) had been committed verbally to the Cardinal since May but reopened his recruitment in November and is now considering UCLA and USC in addition to Stanford.


He will make a commitment to one of those final three schools sometime before signing day, but not until he takes a few official visits to get better acquainted with his finalists.


Zumwalt took his first official to UCLA this past weekend and seemed to enjoy himself.


"It went great," Zumwalt said. "It gave me stuff to think about, most definitely,"


With that said, Zumwalt still considers himself a Stanford commitment, at least until he is able to gather enough information on all of his finalists to make an informed decision.


"I'm still committed to Stanford obviously and I feel that way," Zumwalt said. "Now I I've seen 100 percent of what UCLA has to offer, but I still haven't quite seen 100 percent of Stanford. When I do see that full 100 percent, that's when I'll know what I am going to do."


While Zumwalt is still considering USC, he admits that Pete Carroll's seemingly imminent departure has made him think twice about the Trojans.


"I'm just going to wait and see what's going on," Zumwalt said.


Either way, Zumwalt will likely end up committing to the school, "where I feel comfortable," he said.


Unfortunately for Stanford, Zumwalt's comfort level with Stanford has dropped in recent weeks with the departure of linebackers Coach Andy Buh.


"Coach Buh was my recruiter and linebackers coach if I was to go to Stanford and now I have no idea who the linebackers coach is going to be, and coach (Harbaugh) has not presented any permanent names to me," Zumwalt said.


By the dejected tone of Zumwalt's voice, it's clear that Buh's departure, quite understandably, has hurt Stanford's chances.


"It impacts me, "Kind of a bit. I don't know…kind of a bit," Zumwalt said.


After hearing news of Coach Buh's departure, Zumwalt did host Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh for an in home visit, which helped ease a few of the linebacker's concerns.


"I mean, Coach Harbaugh is an awesome guy so a visit from him is pretty awesome," Zumwalt said. "But there's still always a concern. I have no relationship with a guy whose coming in and I'm pretty sure the USC and UCLA coaches who are recruiting me are pretty permanent. [ED. It was reported tonight by ESPN that USC's Assistant Head Coach for Defense and Linebacker Coach Ken Norton Jr. is likely headed to join Pete Carroll's Seattle Seahawks staff] I have a relationship with those guys so that kind of helps a little bit."


Still, Stanford will have a great opportunity to make progress with Zumwalt this upcoming weekend when the star linebacker takes his official visit to The Farm. The Cardinal would probably be wise to have locked up a new linebackers coach by that point.


"That would help a lot," Zumwalt said of getting to know a new linebackers coach on his visit.


While on his official visit, Zumwalt should also get final word of his admissions status with Stanford. He has been getting positive vibes about his chances from those in the know, but will meet with the admissions office next weekend.


"I believe I'm going to be admitted on this visit," Zumwalt said. "I'm not sure, but that's just what I hear should happen."


When young Zumwalt does get word, The Bootleg will be there to break the news. Stay tuned for all the latest of Zumwalt and the rest of the 2010 Stanford recruiting class as National Signing Day approaches.  

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