Jordan Walsh commits to Iowa

Updated: August 9, 2010, 7:14 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

With the high school football practice kicking off Wednesday, Glenbard West senior offensive lineman Jordan Walsh decided to finalize his recruitment Monday and chose Iowa.

The 6-3, 275-pound Walsh is the No. 13th ranked 2011 guard by ESPN. He was vital to Glenbard West's run to the Class 7A state championship game in 2009, and he is expected to be among the state's top offensive linemen this season.

"Jordan, he's an incredible player," Glenbard West coach Chad Hetlet said. "He goes 100 percent all the time. When he gets that helmet on, and he gets between the lines, he flips that switch and gets that attitude. He'll just bury people."

Walsh also received offers from Illinois, Northwestern, Arizona, Purdue, Indiana, Duke, Boston College, Michigan State, Minnesota, Michigan, UConn, Vanderbilt, USC, Wisconsin, UCLA, Tennessee, Nebraska and Colorado.

"Iowa added a good piece to their 2011 class today with a commitment from Walsh," ESPN's Craig Haubert said. "Hailing from Illinois, Walsh should be well received in Iowa as he is a physical and tenacious blocker who works to finish defenders. He lines up at tackle in high school, but we think he shows more promise at guard where he can be a dominant run blocker.

"He explodes out of his stance with good pad level and can get into defenders and drive them off the ball. He can not only punish targets right in front of him, but also displays the agility and balance to be able to get out and block in space. A good pass blocker, but will need to develop a bit more in this area and a move to guard should be more accommodating."

Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at spowers@espnchicago.com.

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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