...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
We Have Another Quarterback (Still Not That One)
Elsewhere in preferred walk-on land: a helpful emailer indicates that Michigan has also gained the services of one Jeff Ziegler from Dexter. Ziegler still isn't Griese -- who turned down some other legitimate D-I offers -- as an exhaustive search turns up only an offer from D-II Grand Valley and a quasi-greyshirt offer from Akron (sort of like what they do with kickers: come in for a year and then we'll give you a scholarship), but there was at least some level of interest in him out there. Said helpful emailer -- whose actual email I've lost, so if you're out there and would like your shout-out drop me another line -- says
He had been looking at a few other Big Ten schools Iowa, MSU, and Purdue. Extremely raw and can throw the ball a mile. Was named to the 2006 All Star Roster for Michigan, and was 2005 All-State Honorable Mention. He's also a very good basketball player, leading his team into the regional finals at Dexter.
Craig Wind of MichiganPreps.com summed Ziegler up($) like so:
Ziegler would be a really terrific GLIAC quarterback. He would be a pretty good MAC quarterback.
Grand Valley is a GLIAC and D-II power, so that seems to be a fairly accurate assessement. Google turned up this encouraging snippet from a Dexter Leader article:
In Dreadnaught varsity football news, senior-to-be quarterback Jeff Ziegler (6-foot-5, 205) received an award as one of the top signal callers at the five-day University of Michigan camp last month.
"There were 265 quarterbacks at the camp," Barbieri said. "He was in the top 10."
Ziegler is being recruited by numerous Division I schools, including the Big Ten's Purdue University.
On June 18, Dexter participated in a 7-on-7 passing camp at Michigan State University. The Dreadnaughts won all four of their games at the 30-team camp.
The Leader also has a story on a wild Arenaball victory -- final score 45-41 -- for Dexter over Saline.
In sum: if Lee Mondol got filed under Jeff Kastl, file Ziegler under Spencer Brinton.
PS: Was there some Kids In The Hall-related Ziegler hilarity? Or am I hallucinating things?