Ziemba's World

Arkansas remains at the forefront of the recruiting picture for Rogers offensive lineman Lee Ziemba (6-7, 295, 5.1), who was named a five-star prospect by Scout.com earlier this week and will take three more unofficial visits before starting to wind down his recruiting process.

While there was some speculation that Rogers offensive lineman Lee Ziemba might be getting close to announcing a decision, it apparently won't come before the end of this month.

That's because Ziemba (6-7, 295, 5.1), as coveted a recruiting target of the University of Arkansas as there is, still wants to squeeze in three more unofficial visits before winding things down.

He has already been to Arkansas, Michigan and Notre Dame and has plans to visit LSU, Nebraska and one other stop.

"I want to try and get in three more this summer," Ziemba said. "One will be to LSU, one to Nebraska and the third one – I'm not really sure yet. There are a couple of possibilities. They will probably be spread out. We just want to get them down this summer."

Indeed Ziemba certainly does have options seeing as how over 15 schools have offered him scholarships.

He also was recently named a five-star prospect by Scout.com and the 35th-best overall prospect in the country by the same company.

"It is great to be recognized as one of the top prospects in the country," Ziemba said. "But I have come to realize that I am going to play the same way whether I am number 200 or number one. I am honored, but can't put too much stock in anybody's rankings and think I have it made. I have to keep working hard every day."

Arkansas offensive line coach Mike Markuson and offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn have clearly established a great relationship with Ziemba, who attended numerous Razorback spring practices.

"I have gotten very close to Coach Markuson and Coach Malzahn," Ziemba said. "I find myself calling them once or twice a week, not so much to talk about recruiting, but just to talk about football and other things.

"They are doing things the right way with me," Ziemba continued. "They are not pressuring me an calling me too much like a lot of schools are doing and that has been bothering me some. Arkansas and a couple of other schools are handling things just the right way."

Ziemba took visits to Michigan and Notre Dame on the same trek this spring.

"I was surprised about how much bigger Michigan was than Notre Dame," Ziemba said. "Both have a lot of tradition and great programs, but Michigan is a lot more modern looking. Notre Dame's enrollment is very small.

"Arkansas is not that big a school either, but Notre Dame has just 12,000 or so students, only 8,000 of which are undergraduates," Ziemba continued. " I haven't really decided whether I am looking for as far as a big or a small school, One thing about them, they are both up North and I have to think a lot about that."

Ziemba and his Rogers teammates are participating in a team camp at Missouri State this weekend and right now he does not have plans to attend any camps or combines.

"I'm just going to work this summer on getting better and narrowing things down," Ziemba said. "Hopefully by the end of the summer I will have a decision, but I will just make it when the time is right."


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