Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna linebacker Jordan Futch has picked up another major scholarship offer and feels that two more schools are close. He also made an unofficial visit to his current favorite last week and discussed that trip in this exclusive interview with Rivals.com.
The Florida Gators jumped in the mix for the 6-foot-3, 206-pounder last week when they extended Futch a scholarship offer.
"When I was at an event at Chaminade-Madonna, my head coach Mark Guandolo told me that he had spoken with (Gators assistant coach) John Holliday and that he wanted me to give him a call," Futch said. "I called him and he gave me an offer on the spot."
Futch is impressed with the Gators.
"I think they have a great program," he said. "(Florida head coach) Urban Meyer is a great coach. They had a great recruiting class last year so that will show for years to come.
"It's just a great program with great coaching."
Futch also feels that Notre Dame could be close to making an offer.
"(Class of 2006 Chaminade-Madonna prospect) Emeka Nwankwo is going up there," Futch said. "He's been telling me that they are interested. My mentor spoke with (Fighting Irish defensive coordinator) Corwin Brown and coach Bernie Parmalee and they said they planned to offer real soon."
Southern California also has been showing interest.
"My mentor e-mailed my highlight tape (USC head coach) Pete Carroll and they want to offer me," Futch said. "He said (Carroll) wants to get a hard copy of the highlight tape, but that he liked what he saw. I will probably take a visit out there, along with (Miami Krop linebacker standout) Etienne Sabino (Sabino has an offer from the Trojans)."
This past weekend, Futch attended the spring game at the University of Miami. The Hurricanes have already offered.
"The UM spring game was great," Futch said. "I got the chance to sit down with all of the coaches and I got to know them a little bit better. I talked to some of this year's recruits like DeMarcus VanDyke. I got to see the locker room it was awesome. I even signed some autographs."
Even with the addition attention from the Gators, Irish and Trojans, Futch still says Miami leads. The talented linebacker, however, is still open to other programs.
"Miami is still kind of up there," he said. "They are still up there at the top spot. But with the new offers it's hard to say. USC, Florida and Notre Dame are great schools. I just really want to keep it open for all the schools right now."