Jordan Munde: Ivies or UCLA

The fullback/athlete from Rolling Hills (Calif.) Palso Verdes Peninsula, <b>Jordan Munde</b>, took an official visit to UCLA this last weekend. He's a bit unique in recruiting -- deciding between Ivy League schools and UCLA...

For Palos Verdes (Calif.) Peninsula fullback Jordan Munde, 6-2, 200, football has so far opened the door to the opportunity get an Ivy League education. But after last weekend, that plan could be altered a bit.

The burly running back, who is getting recruited as an athlete, has been accepted to Harvard and Princeton already, and is tripping to Yale.

Munde, though, took an official visit to UCLA this past weekend, and his experience there has put a wrinkle into his plans. "It was a real good trip," Munde said. "The coaches told me there were a couple of guys ahead of me that they are waiting on, and that they are going to pressure them to commit. If they don't commit, then they will offer me. I had a good time and hearing that was good. Nnamdi Ohaeri was my host."

The Bruin staff has told Munde that if he came in, they could see him playing anywhere from fullback to linebacker to safety, basically have him come in as an athlete.

An offer from his west coast favorite, UCLA, might change things, but it might not necessarily mean that Munde would shun the Ivy League. "UCLA is a quality education. It offers the best of academics and athletics. It's Pac-10 football. I mean, the environment of 60,000 people at your games. That is something I am going to look at. But I am not sure I would turn down Harvard, Yale or Princeton just yet. I would definitely highly consider it."

Munde carries a 3.73 GPA and a 1,260 SAT score, and is looking at majoring in Economics, something that the East Coast schools would allow him to do. UCLA does have a wild card in that they offer an Economics program as well.

Munde said, "I like my options. Regardless of if I go to UCLA or if I go Ivy League, I'll get to play college football. It's a little frustrating more schools didn't recruit me. I quit baseball to focus on football, and I played baseball for 13 years. I thought it would work out better for me, but again, I can't really go wrong."

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