Elite OL Prospect Considers UCLA

The #3-ranked offensive guard in then nation, Jordan Walsh from Glen Ellyn, Illinois, has enough schools that have offered him a scholarship to choose from, and now wants to start narrowing down his choices by taking official visits...

Jordan Walsh, the 6-foot-3, 275-pound four-star offensive lineman from Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, Ill., says he has 19 scholarship offers but still has not narrowed down his favorites.

"I'm still trying to narrow it down," Walsh said. "I was actually planning to start talking to my parents about that this weekend. I'm gonna have to do it eventually.

"I'll just sit down with my family and we'll look at what each school has to offer," he said. "I really want a school with good academic support."

Walsh, ranked as the No. 3 offensive guard in the country by Scout.com, has scholarship offers from Northwestern, Wisconsin, Purdue, Tennessee, Nebraska, UCLA, Colorado, Vanderbilt, Arizona, Boston College, Duke, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State and several others.

He will be visiting Iowa on Thursday, June 10. "I like the coaches," he said about the Hawkeyes. "The campus is really cool too. I just need to go there and learn more about their academics."

The school that is recruiting Walsh the hardest is Northwestern. "They always keep in contact," he said. "They send a lot of personal notes and letters. They keep me up to date about stuff and what's going on around campus."

Walsh says he also loves the educational opportunities that the Wildcats offer. "The school is amazing," he said. "They have great academics and you know you'll get a good degree there. That'll help out later in life."

Walsh has also attended a junior day at Notre Dame, but the Irish have not offered. "I haven't heard much from them recently," he said about Notre Dame.

"The junior day was great," he said. "That was my first time (at Notre Dame) and I liked it. The new coaches stood out. I think coach Brian Kelly is great and all the kids are buying into what he's trying to do. I think it's awesome what he's doing."

Another school that Walsh has already had a chance to visit is Michigan. "I love their history and tradition," he said about the Wolverines. "I hope they can rebuild and get back on top."

"I've pretty much been all over the Big Ten already," he said.

One West Coast school that Walsh says he plans to visit is UCLA. "I really want to get out there for a visit," he said. "We'll see if I can make it this summer.

"I know UCLA is a good school and the program is coming up," he said. "It has a lot to offer. The location is great and they play some of the best teams. It would be a good experience just to get to visit them and see what it's like."

Walsh's most recent offer came from Tennessee. "I've had some contact with the coaches," he said. "They seem like good guys and they've been recruiting me a lot more recently."

He plans to make a decision after his senior season. "I don't want to rush it and make a decision I'll regret," he said.

Walsh plans to major in business or engineering and reports a 3.8 core GPA. He says he took the SAT in May and is still waiting on his results.

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