Notre Dame Football: Jordan Westerkamp

Irish recruiting update

January, 12, 2012
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Here is the week that was in Notre Dame recruiting:
Three-star wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp (Lombard, Ill./Montini) said Monday he will honor his commitment to Nebraska rather than go to Notre Dame, ESPNChicago.com's Scott Powers reports.
"I came to the decision last night around midnight," said Westerkamp, who is the 50th ranked wide receiver in the country by ESPN. "When it came down to it, I just love Nebraska. I'm so excited about it and can't wait to get out there. I know Nebraska is the place for me. I had to see my options and put it all on the table. In the end, this is the place for me."

Westerkamp committed to the Cornhuskers in May, was offered by the Irish in December and visited Notre Dame shortly after, a trip he said he had to make to see if he felt the same way about both schools.

Westerkamp was ESPNChicago.com's Player of the Year, becoming Illinois' all-time leader in career receptions (235), yards (4,584) and touchdowns (66) this season. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder had 12 catches for 353 yards and five touchdowns in the state title game.
"Notre Dame was respectful of it," Westerkamp said. "They respected that I gave them a chance. They told me if anything changes before signing day they would take me in a heartbeat.

"Nebraska was thrilled and excited. They were just really excited and screaming a little bit. They were happy. It was a good feeling that both programs wanted me."

Irish recruiting update

December, 15, 2011
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Here's a roundup of all that happened in relation to Notre Dame recruiting this past week:

Westerkamp to consider late Irish offer

December, 14, 2011
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Nebraska wide receiver recruit Jordan Westerkamp said Tuesday he will visit Notre Dame this weekend.

Westerkamp, who attends Montini High School in Lombard, Ill., has been committed to Nebraska since May. He said Notre Dame offered him last week and Irish recruiting coordinator Chuck Martin has been after him.

“They’ve been really, really hard on me,” Westerkamp said. “He told me if I commit to them right now they would take me.

“I’m still committed to Nebraska. I’m still really strong about that. I want to go out to Notre Dame and to make sure about it. I have to make the decision best for myself.”

Westerkamp, who is 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, became Illinois’ all-time leader in career receptions (235), yards (4,584) and touchdowns (66) this season. In the state championship game, he had 12 catches for 353 yards and five touchdowns. He was the ESPNChicago.com Player of the Year.

Prior to his Notre Dame visit, Westerkamp will host Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, offensive coordinator Tim Becks and wide receivers coach Rich Fisher at his house on Thursday.

“They understand why I’m doing this,” Westerkamp said of Nebraska’s coaches. “They are all a little shocked.”

Westerkamp said he was also shocked Notre Dame offered him so late. He was recruited by the Irish last year, but they never offered him.

Westerkamp has one family member who definitely supports his decision to visit Notre Dame.

“My mom has always been a diehard Notre Dame fan,” Westerkamp said. “She definitely pulled my leg to make the visit. It’s exciting, but it’s like a business deal. I have to go to the place that is best for myself.”

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