March 30, 2010

Michigan lineman one of the best

One of the best prospects in the state of Michigan and the Big Ten region is Anthony Zettel of Ogemaw Heights High School in West Branch. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound recruit already has double-digit offers and is enjoying the process. SpartanMag.com has some details on his recruitment.

Zettel has seen his stock steadily rise this spring and his offer list expand. We asked him about his offer list and his most recent college visits.

"I have 11 offers all together", he said. "I have all the schools that are listed on my profile as well as Stanford and Wisconsin. I went to Notre Dame's Junior Day two weekends ago and last weekend I was at Michigan State."

The visit to Michigan State was unofficial and impromptu.

"I was in East Lansing watching basketball with some friends and coaches, and I called up Coach Narduzzi. I went over and checked out Saturday's practice and was able to watch some basketball too. I had a good time there."

One thing that has changed in Zettel's recruitment is the position he is being recruited for. Though he is listed as an offensive guard prospect in the Rivals.com database, most teams believe he has multiple position ability.

"Every school has told me that they are looking at me for either offensive or defensive line," Zettel said. "I actually think defensive line might be a better spot for me in college, but I will play wherever I can help my team."

As far as future plans, Zettel will be back in Ann Arbor in the coming weeks to check out the Michigan Spring Game. He also could hit some other schools, but does not have anything set in stone at this point. As far as his time-table for a decision, Zettel seems very open.

"I think I would like to make my choice late this summer before my senior year," he said. "But I may wait, it all depends on where I feel most comfortable."

Though he is getting lots of football attention, Zettel is still very focused on the other sport he excels in, track. Zettel is one of the top throwers in Michigan and could be a national level competitor before he graduates. Zettel has thrown the shot-put over 54 feet in competition and so far this spring in practice he has gotten the discus out over 180-feet.

SpartanMag.com will continue to follow-up with Zettel over the coming months. The fact that he could project as a defensive tackle makes him an even more important recruit for the Spartans. Michigan State did not sign a high school defensive tackle for the 2010 class and the position is top a priority. Spartan Coach Pat Narduzzi is serving as the primary recruiter of Zettel for Michigan State.


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