Schlueter interested in BYU

Jordan Schlueter

Notre Dame Preparatory High School has an athlete that's smart in the classroom and known in the state of Arizona for being a big-time hitter. Meanwhile, BYU, Colorado State and San Jose State have all extended an offer to him.

Notre Dame Preparatory High School has a fantastic player by the name of Jordan Schlueter.

"I'm around 6'1", 180 and run a 4.54 in the forty," Schlueter said. "My clean is 240 and I haven't done bench yet, but my squat is 285. I also played basketball my freshman year and track my sophomore year."

"He holds a 4.2 GPA and is a really good kid," said Notre Dame's Coach Gregory. "He's the best athlete we have on our team, and for us he's going to play both offense and defense. His true position is safety at the next level, but for us he has to be a running back, wide receiver, as well as be a safety on defense."

Many college coaches have been out to Arizona to take a further look at Schlueter. As of now, he holds three offers.

"Colorado State offered last year and BYU and San Jose State have offered this year," said Coach Gregory. "He's got Oregon coming out there, because Oregon recruits a little bit different than everybody else. They don't recruit areas, they recruit players, so their safety coach is coming down to see him. Stanford's defensive coordinator Derek Mason has been out to see him.

"BYU is tracking him and they're similar to Oregon in how they recruit. A position coach is going to recruit a specific player and then Bronco [Mendenhall] is going to approve it or disapprove it. Their safety coach [Coach Howell] has been out and he really loves Jordan."

"There's a lot of Pac-12 and Ivy League schools that are looking at me," said Schlueter. "I've got offers from Colorado State, BYU and San Jose State. I would say BYU is recruiting me the heaviest. They were hoping that I would be able to come in and play right away. That's definitely exciting and something I would definitely want to do."

Schlueter was informed not long ago that he was being offered by BYU.

"I called up Coach Mendenhall and we talked for a bit and he offered," said Schlueter. "We just talked for a little bit and then he extended me the offer. It was exciting and Coach Mendenhall seemed like a great guy."

An all-around athlete, Schlueter will not only see time playing safety next year, but he'll also play some running back and wide receiver next season.

"He'll play offense for us as well as defense for us next season," said Coach Gregory. "At the high school level you use your best athletes as much as you can, so we'll get him about 15 plays on offense a game as well as be a fulltime player for us at safety. We'll get him about 10-to-12 plays running the ball and then we'll flair him out and try to get the ball in his hands there four or five times a game. He's also our best player on special teams and averages three-to-four tackles for us there."

"I'm going to play some running back and some receiver," Schlueter said. "The coaches just want to try and get me the ball. I played some of that last year and totaled around 600 yards from both positions. I had four touchdowns on the season overall. I think one of my strengths is making plays after the catch. I'm good at getting big chunks of yards. I'm good at extending the play."

Although Schlueter will play both offense and defense for Coach Gregory next year, he's being looked at more as a safety prospect at the next level.

"As a true player, he's a safety and we had a college coach ask us the other day, ‘If there is something Jordan needs to improve on, what would that be?'" recalled Coach Gregory. "The answer to that, and every kid has to improve in one area or another for the next level, was from his sophomore to his junior year we tried to get him to be more of a ball-hawk."

"I would say I have good overall vision and that helps a lot," said Schlueter. "I like hitting and that's definitely an aspect of playing safety. It's something I like to do."

Schlueter's physical play has garnered him a hard-hitting reputation, not only among his own team, but also among other local schools.

"Jordan is more of a run-hitter," said Coach Gregory. "We let Jordan play as a run-hitter, so we play him in what we like to call ‘frozen,' so we allow him to make the read of run or pass from the snap. He was just looking to hit people rather than just intercept balls, so he's a big-time, big-time hitter and he has that reputation. People know about him in the state and would prefer not to come across the middle when he's back there in the secondary. He was our second-leading tackler last year."

"Yeah, I think I kind of have a reputation for being a hitter," Schlueter said. "All of the kids on the team kind of know that and they don't want to come across the middle. I kind of pride myself in that. It just lets the other team know that you've come to play and lets them know that you're going to give it your all."

Schlueter knows there are more expectations one has to live by in order to be at BYU. He has no problem with BYU's honor code and high academic standards.

"I think it would be nice to go there and I've been living the standards they ask for, so it wouldn't be hard for me at all," said Schlueter. "I've been living that way my whole life. They're a very good team defensively and were up in the top five. They also have really good academics there. They integrate faith into their program and that's a lot different than any other program. They're also independent and go around the country and play big games like against Notre Dame."

"He was the first safety out of everybody in the country that's been offered by BYU," said Coach Gregory. "Jordan's been contacting and talking with them for a few months and it's a place where Jordan has true interest in."

As Coach Gregory mentioned, Schlueter likes BYU.

"Yeah, I would definitely say BYU is high on my list," said Schlueter. "I would say because of how they try to be more than just a good football program. I'm going to take an unofficial visit to their Junior Day. That's going to be on June 7th. BYU is a good school and football program, so I just want to get out there and get a feel for it and see what it's like."

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