"This is really important to be here," Lewan said. "I'm here to give back and help out my teammate."
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?