There will likely be a day in the near future when Jordan Walsh flips on his Xbox and plugs in a 6-3, 280-pound freshman at starting guard. That freshman’s name, of course, will be Jordan Walsh.
With his affinity for EA Sports’ “NCAA Football” video game – which, along with Halo 3, is his favorite – Walsh could soon be controlling the offensive line with…himself.
“That’ll be really cool,” Walsh, the No. 2-rated guard in the nation, told Purple Reign. “Yeah, it will be – I mean, I wouldn’t know what to do. That’s going to be really weird.”
That much seems an inevitability: Jordan Walsh will eventually be playing with Jordan Walsh. The question then becomes, Which team will be playing for?
The Glen Ellyn, Ill., native has a dizzying list of options. He has offers from…deep breath…Northwestern, Illinois, USC, Michigan State, UCLA, Iowa, Wisconsin, Purdue, Vanderbilt, Michigan, Boston College, Minnesota, Arizona, Duke, UConn. And more. As of last week, he had visited NU, Illinois, Iowa, MSU, Michigan, Wisconsin, Purdue, Ohio and Notre Dame. Thus, whenever Walsh does plug himself as his own starting guard, there are any number of jerseys he could be wearing.
That Northwestern happens to be the closest school to Walsh’s native Glen Ellyn is a boon for the Cats. NU’s coaches are the only ones who have gone down to watch Walsh’s track and field meets – he does discus and shot-put – which has given the Cats that many more opportunities to sell Walsh on NU.
“We usually talk about football and how they’re going to recruit me hard and how they want me to come to Northwestern,” Walsh said. “A couple of them (NU coaches) have been to my school a lot and came to my track meets. They’ve been in frequent contact with me.”
Walsh is smart enough to realize that, per proximity, not every school can come to Glen Ellyn, Ill., to watch shot-put and discus. But he’s also humble enough to be grateful for NU’s gesture.
“I understand why other teams can’t – you can’t travel really far just to see a kid at a track meet,” Walsh said. “But because Northwestern is close, they have the opportunity to come down. I appreciate that. I really appreciate it.”
With offers spanning from North Carolina to Los Angeles and every time zone along the way, Walsh has more than a few options to consider. And he’s in no hurry. Not only does he not want to make a hasty decision, he kind of likes the recruiting process.
“Recruiting has been pretty exciting,” he said. “It’s really cool to see and talk to different coaches and how they coach their teams – just meeting new people whenever they come and whenever I get a call. It’s pretty overwhelming – not overwhelming, but pretty great to have to have this opportunity. I’m pretty blessed to have this opportunity. It’s kind of like, ‘OK, it’s here, this is really exciting.’”
Walsh did say that he hoped to narrow his list down to about 10 in the coming weeks. It seems like right now, at least, Northwestern should make the cut. In the meantime, Walsh’s schedule will be chock full of some combination of track and field, wrestling, lifting and football.
“I always think of it like, if I’m not playing a sport, I’ll be at home playing video games.”
Before long, he’ll be in that video game.
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