Next in line?

Next in line?

On the heels of landing three offensive lineman commitments in the span of what seemed like 10 minutes, a recent message board poster wondered whether or not Northwestern was still recruiting its top-rated O-lineman prospect, Glen Ellyn native Jordan Walsh. Purple Reign caught up with Walsh to ask him just that, plus whether or not other lineman commitments will have any effect on his decision.

On the heels of landing three offensive lineman commitments in the span of what seemed like 10 minutes, a recent message board poster wondered whether or not Northwestern was still recruiting its top-rated O-lineman prospect, Glen Ellyn native Jordan Walsh.

Purple Reign went to the source to find out. And the answer, according to Walsh, is yes.

"I'm definitely still considering Northwestern," Walsh, a four-star recruit, said. "I talked with them recently. They're still recruiting me and still a school I'm considering."

Purple Reign also asked about whether or not Walsh, who Scout ranks as the No. 2 guard of the 2011 class, pays any care to whether or not a school is receiving commitments from other offensive linemen. Northwestern, of course, recently nabbed commitments from three-star lineman Shane Mertz (Hazlet, N.J.) and two-star linemen Geoff Mogus (Lakewood, Ohio) and Matt Frazier (Kankakee, Ill.).

To this point, 30 percent of Northwestern's 2011 class is offensive linemen. Is that the sort of thing Walsh pays attention to?

"Not really," Walsh said. "You know, sometimes my parents have put pressure on me about that – well my mom does. She kind of talks about that: if they offer another person it gets a little pressure on me. It's not a huge deal; it does try to make me hurry up a little bit.

"It is a factor, it just tells me that I need to hurry."

Walsh just got back from Michigan, another school which has offered. He was impressed with Ann Arbor, just as he was with Iowa City when he visited the Hawkeyes last month. (Of Iowa, Walsh said, "It went really good. I got a lot of questions answered and spent more time with the coaches.")

All of these visits, of course, are intended to help Walsh make a decision. Which is exactly what they're doing – sort of.

"It definitely makes it hard for the decision," said the 6-3, 275-pounder. "You know, but going (to different schools) and seeing what they offer, it also helps with the decision too. It's good and bad."

Along with Northwestern, Michigan and Iowa, Walsh has offers from Michigan State, Nebraska, Illinois, Duke, Boston College, USC, Wisconsin and more.

Walsh has never feigned having any sort of concrete time table for a decision, save saying that he isn't in any hurry. And even if some of his offensive linemen brethren are making commitments, he's going to take some time to think things through.

"To be honest with you, I have no idea when I'm going to make the decision any more. It's hard in that every day I'm always thinking about it. But I don't really know when I'm going to make it. I'm still talking it through with my parents and were still trying to figure things out."

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