Now that signing day for the 2010 class is over, focus shifts to 2011. With just one player in the 2010 class on the offensive line, OL will be a major focus. Anthony Zettel is a junior offensive lineman from West Branch, MI who was recently offered by Michigan. I caught up with Anthony, and here’s what he had to say.
TOM: It’s obviously early in the process, but what offers do you have so far?
ANTHONY: I have an offer from CMU, Michigan State, and I just got my offer from Michigan. Notre Dame actually called, and invited me to their junior day, too.
TOM: What position are you being recruited for?
ANTHONY: I play offensive tackle now, so they’re recruiting me for the offensive line, but also for the defensive line. I play defensive end, but I think I would be better in college at the tackle spot. I can plug holes better, and my speed would be better for that position. CMU, MSU, and Michigan are all recruiting me for both sides of the ball. They’re not sure where they want me to play yet.
TOM: Tell me about you as a player. What are your strengths, and what are you working on?
ANTHONY: I’m on the Michigan summer workout plan right now, so I’m trying to get stronger and faster. Our team did the workout plan this summer, but I’m doing it by myself right now. I want to increase my size, but keep my athleticism. So far, I’ve increased most of my maxes, but I’ve really helped my speed and vertical. I should be up to 265 by the end of the summer. Some coaches have told me that I play a little high, so I need to work on that, too. But, I think I have pretty good technique, and my footwork really helps me a lot.
TOM: Being from Michigan, who were you a fan of growing up?
ANTHONY: I’ve been a Michigan fan my whole life, and I still am. I have to put that aside for recruiting, though. I want to look at other schools, too, and see other places. I want to see what everyone has to offer.
TOM: What did the coaches say when they offered you?
ANTHONY: Well, they’ve been saying they were going to offer, and they said it would be around signing day. It came, and my coach pulled me out of class, and told me had some news for me. We called the coaches back, and coach Frey told me they were offering.
TOM: You’ve been in Ann Arbor quite a bit already; do you plan on being back for another visit anytime soon?
ANTHONY: Their junior day is February 20th, so I might be going back up for that. If I don’t make it up then, I know I’ll be back up there some other time. I’ll be there often over the summer, and the school year.
TOM: Do you have a schedule for your recruitment?
ANTHONY: No, I just want to see what everyone has to offer, and when I feel comfortable, I’ll make my decision. I’m not sure when I’ll decide.
TOM: Since you are a fan of Michigan, does this offer put them in the lead?
ANTHONY: Yeah, Michigan has always been there with me, but I would put them first. I did really like Michigan State when I went on a visit, but it just seems like Michigan was a little better. I really like how high level of facilities they have. I’ve liked all the coaches I’ve met at every school, but it just seems like Michigan has always been a little
It's just missing the word better. It would read, "...little better."
He was a really nice kid, he seems smart, too. He's very aware of what his strengths are, and what he needs to work on. He seems motivated to get better, too. I was impressed that he's working out so hard on his own.
This is very exciting. There are few things in life more important to success than self-awareness. If this kid really knows himself and has the work ethic Tom says he has, I think he'll be a wonderful Wolverine.
While he looks like he could definitely play on the D-line I think he needs to come in as a Guard because of our need their. His "lack of height" probably keeps him from playing tackle but that's okay. Having a guard that can move is crucial in this offense with all the pulling and traps. I'd love to play guard in this offense. Instead of just blocking the DT in front of you you can swing out and crush a LB/DB outside or set up a key block on the DE's outside shoulder.
“Power resides where men believe it resides. No more no less."
So who living up north is going to volunteer for Friday Night Lights duty this fall and do a little recruit stalking at one of Mr. Zettel's games? It's not every year Michigan offers someone that close to the 45th parallel.
I understand that I have no points here to speak of, but I have met Anthony personally and am good friends with his head coach and do happen to live on the 45th paralell. (just about exactly). I could do the duty for the good of the unit. He seems to be mature for his age and has a good head on his shoulders. I like his attitude and work ethic, if he ultimately underachieves it won't be because of those attributes. Just sayin'...
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This is a great interview with a kid who seems to have his act together quite nicely. I hope that when he finally makes a decision on a school that it will be one where he will be extremely happy and successful. online casino