Stanford commit Zumwalt considering two

Edison linebacker Jordan Zumwalt verbally committed to Stanford on May 17, but he said USC, UCLA and Colorado have continued to recruit him. Obviously Stanford has offered, as has Colorado, but USC and UCLA have not. Zumwalt told us Wednesday night there are only two schools he's still considering.

Stanford and USC are the only schools I'm considering at this point," said Zumwalt. "I am still very interested in Stanford and committed, but I don't know if I'll get accepted into Stanford, so I'm keeping my options open."

Zumwalt is a new name for many to pop up as a USC prospect, but the Trojans have been communicating with him every week throughout the recruiting process.

"I speak to Coach (Brian) Schneider once a week," said Zumwalt. "I also talk to Coach (Norton) and have talked to all of the coaches."

USC has offered six linebackers in Hayes Pullard from Crenshaw, Josh Shirley from Kaiser High, Jeff Luc from Port St. Lucie, Fla., Christian Jones from Winter Park, Fla., Jordan Hicks from West Chester, Oh, and Justin Maclin from Memphis. But so far, there's no guarantee the Trojans will end up with any of those prospects.

So, depending on the interest level of Pullard, Shirley and the out-of-state prospects after they visit (Luc already has), and eventually all but Maclin will, USC has continued to recruit talented linebackers in Jordan Zumwalt and Culver City MLB Victor Burnett.

Burnett doesn't believe USC will offer, even though it's an offer he really wants, but Zumwalt is feeling a little more optimistic.

"I don't really know how close USC is to offering, but I think they are close," said Zumwalt. "USC is a really, really great program and school."

Although he's never visited USC, Zumwalt has been to USC football games and will be at the USC/Stanford game next weekend (Nov. 14). And as far as him taking an official visit, Zumwalt said that's a decision he can't make.

"Taking an official visit to USC is up to them," said Zumwalt. "If they invite me, I'll take the visit."

Edison is 8-0 and faces its long-time rival 8-0 Fountain Valley Friday night at Fullerton College. We'll speak to Zumwalt next week and get his thoughts on the game and how feels the Chargers will fare in the playoffs playing in the tough Pac-5 division.


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