OL recruit Michael Jordan ready for another look at Notre Dame

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

No, the Irish aren’t hosting His Airness this weekend.

But the name Michael Jordan will appear on the visitors list for Notre Dame’s junior day event Saturday.

The Jordan that will be on campus is physically bigger than the legendary basketball star. The 6-foot-7, 298-pound Jordan is a four-star offensive tackle from Canton, Mich.

Jordan was last on Notre Dame’s campus for the Michigan game in September. He will return this weekend to get a better feel for the Irish program.

“I want to get to know the coaches better and maybe meet a few players,” Jordan said. “I want to meet some of the other recruits at Notre Dame too.”

Jordan will be one of more than 20 recruits expected on Notre Dame’s campus this weekend. None of them will make Jordan look small.

The big man from Plymouth High has gained the attention of power programs in the Big Ten. Jordan already claims offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Nebraska. 247Sports slates Jordan as the No. 19 offensive tackle and No. 199 overall in the 2016 class. Rivals ranks him as the No. 21 offensive tackle and No. 247 regardless of position.

As a junior, Jordan helped pave the way for an offense that averaged nearly 30 points and 345 yards per game. CBS Sports Network recruiting analyst Tom Lemming called Jordan the best offensive lineman prospect in Michigan.

“I like to get after it,” Jordan said. “I don't ever quit on the field. I'm always going to go 110 percent."

Offensive line coach Harry Hiestand has led Notre Dame’s recruitment of Jordan, who attends the same high school as former Irish kicker Kyle Brindza. Hiestand has made a strong impression so far.

"He's a great guy,” Jordan said. “He seems like he's a great coach. I look forward to seeing him and learning other people's opinions about him at Notre Dame.”

Part of Jordan’s recruiting process will be taking a closer look at a specific educational track. As a student in an International Baccalaureate program, Jordan hopes to major in international business and minor in Chinese.

He expects most schools will be able to accommodate his academic interests. When it comes to his future, Jordan is very detailed in his planning.

When I decide, it's going to be about the people who will be there with me the most,” Jordan said.  “Don't make a four-year decision. Make a 40-year decision."

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Notre Dame takes the field before the Notre Dame vs. North Carolina college football game on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend. (SBT Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN)