Ziemba's Zen

With a scrimmage in Little Rock on Tuesday and his team's season opener less than two weeks away, Rogers prep All-American offensive lineman Lee Ziemba (6-7, 295, 5.1) - who is down to Arkansas and Auburn - pops in for the tail end of the Razorbacks'' Pro-Style Temp Thud on Saturday night.

Big-time Rogers offensive lineman Lee Ziemba was running late to Arkansas' Pro-Style Tempo Thud on Saturday night and ended up getting there just about the time lightning and rain came to put a halt to the event.

But it did give Ziemba (6-7, 295, 5.1) a chance to spend time once again with UA head coach Houston Nutt, Razorback offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn and offensive line coach Mike Markuson – three guys who really want Ziemba to come to the Arkansas.

"I know how much they all want me here and that makes me feel really good," Ziemba said. "I love the coaches and everything about Arkansas."

Ziemba is not a lock to land in Fayetteville, however, but has narrowed his multitude of options down to Arkansas and Auburn, which just happens to be his dad's old school.

"I could wait until the season is over and more than likely I will," Ziemba said. "But I am just kind of playing it by ear. Actually I am trying to put it all on the backburner until the season is over, but that is hard to do. So I just going to play it by ear and whatever happens, happens."

Ziemba, who was one of two of the nation's top prep players oin hand Saturday night along with Missouri defensive end Michael Keck, says his philosophy is pretty simple.

"I am going to do my best to make an educated choice and get it done as soon as possible," said Ziemba, who was sporting a St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap on Saturday night.

Ziemba appears a bit stressed by the recruiting and notes his recruiting is a on-going thing even if he has narrowed his choice to the Razorbacks and Tigers.

"This is still like the middle of it," Ziemba said. "Everybody kept telling me it would get worse before it got better and I thought after narrowing it done to two, it would get better. But it is a little tougher and I am torn. It is just a tough decision."

There has been some speculation that Ziemba and Fort Smith Northside quarterback Kodi Burns (6-2, 190, 4.5) might both end up at the same school since both are down to just Arkansas and Auburn.

He acknowledges they have talked some about that, but are not a package deal in any respect.

"We are just using each other as support and telling each other what we have discovered from each of the places," Ziemba said. "It is an individual decision. It is not a package deal. I don't want anybody to get that impression. We will make up our own minds and pick what is best for us."

Both are slated to be on hand for the Arkansas-USC game in Fayetteville on Sept. 2 and also Ziemba says he might be able to join Burns when the signal caller is slated to visit Auburn for the Razorbacks game with the Tigers on Oct. 7.

"We have discussed that and it's a possibility, but I am not sure yet ," Ziemba said. "We have to look at how things go. It is hard to drive 13 hours down the road when you have a game on Friday night. We'll just have to look at it hard and figure it out and see how everything plays out."

Rogers is slated to compete in a four-team scrimmage this Tuesday in Little Rock before opening its season Sept. 1 at Miami, Okla.

"We are going to Little Rock this week and going to play Catholic, West Memphis and I think Mountain Home on Tuesday," Ziemba said. "Then we will be getting ready for our opener. That's what I am focused on every day right now – just having the best senior year I can for our team and helping us win football games and then worrying about recruiting later."


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