Bama Eyes Top OL

One of the nation's top offensive lineman prospects for the class of 2007 has the attracted the interest of the Crimson Tide coaches.

Most people regarded Lee Ziemba as the best lineman in the state of Arkansas two football seasons ago - when he was a sophomore.

There is no doubt about that after his junior season when he was the only underclassman offensive lineman named to the AP's Super Team.

Ziemba (6-7, 295) already has offers from Arkansas (his first two weeks ago) and Ole Miss and they will no doubt continue to pour in for a young man who has already been named to one publication's first-team junior All-American squad.

"Arkansas and Ole Miss have already put offers on the table and Auburn, Alabama and Notre Dame are all coming down in the next couple of weeks," Ziemba said. "I'm really honored by all the attention."

Mike Ziemba, Lee's dad, is a graduate of Auburn so there has been some speculation that the Tigers might be the leaders in the clubhouse in a list that also includes Tennesse, Florida and others showing interest.

"I am going to look at what is best for me, not what was best for my parents," Ziemba said of his dad and mom Dawn. "It will be where I feel at home and stuff. Auburn is not a clear choice for me. It is wide open. I'll just see how the process goes."

As far as Arkansas, Ziemba thinks the hiring of former Springdale head coach Gus Malzahn - who will be recruiting him along with UA offensive line coach Mike Markuson - as the Razorbacks' new offensive coordinators is a plus in their favor.

"I think they did a great job in recruiting and Coach Malzahn is a great coach," Ziemba said. "I think he is going to add a lot to that style. He is a really nice guy and I have going to have fun getting to know him."

Malzahn and Markuson talked things over with the Rogers head coach Ronnie Peacock and offensive line coach Rob Bray and then put an offer in the mail.

"I have called him (Malzahn) and we have been talking on the phone a little bit and they put the offer in the mail about two weeks ago," Ziemba said. "I haven't met him in person yet, but I am looking forward to it."

Ziemba had 27 pancake blocks, 25 knockdowns, 21 champion blocks and 13 duece blocks this past season for Rogers.

"I have got to get my feet better and got to faster," Ziemba said. "I want to get my 40 down to about five flat and continue to get stronger."

Lee Ziemba went to several camps last season, but is not sure he will take that route this season and may instead check out a few campuses.

"I really haven't made too many plans yet," Ziemba said. "I am thinking about taking a couple of unofficials. Haven't thought about any camps. I did that last year and that was good. I went to Tennessee, Alabama and Oklahoma last year, but I don't know about this year."

Ziemba watched the recruiting of Mitch Mustain play out this season before the Springdale quarterback signed with Arkansas and knows he will be getting some of that same attention.

"I am just going to take it in stride," Ziemba said. "I don't think I'll have to deal with it as much as Mitch did, but I am just going to try and enjoy it."


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