Highly Recruited Lineman Tours AU Campus

Rogers, Ark.--Offensive tackle Lee Ziemba, one of the top football prospects in the state of Arkansas for the 2007 signee class, says he enjoyed an unofficial visit to Auburn on Wednesday.

The 6-7, 295-pounder is rated a five-star prospect by Scout.com.

"My dad graduated from Auburn and my mom attended Auburn," Ziemba says, explaining his interest in the Tigers. "I love the area. My grandparents are here (in Enterprise). It is like a second home to me.

"Auburn has a top-notch football program," he says. "They are in the Top 10 every year and I have heard great things about the community, the togetherness of the program and the fans. It is a great atmosphere."

Ziemba checked out the Auburn campus with his father Mike on their way to visit their grandparents in Enterprise.

"It was a great visit," he says. "I got to see everything they have to offer. Coach Nall (offensive line coach Hugh Nall) wasn't there because he had some family obligations, but I got the grand tour of all of the facilities. I met Coach Borges (offensive coordinator Al Borges) and Coach Tuberville (head coach Tommy Tuberville). It was great."

Ziemba has a load of scholarship offers and says he isn't ready to name his favorites yet. He notes that he plans to trim his list to two or three teams and try to come up with a decision in August prior to the start of his high school season in September. "By doing that, I can get that off my chest and concentrate on my high school season," he notes.

"Recruiting has been going very smoothly," the big tackle adds. "I am just really pleased with how it has been going this summer."

Commenting on what he is looking for in a college, Ziemba says, "I would like my family to be comfortable. I want to be comfortable where I am whether it is Auburn or if it is Hawaii. I want to go where the Lord leads me."

In addition to playing football, he is a star on the track and field team. He won the discus state championship as a junior with a throw of 165 feet and is good in shot put, too, with a best throw of 50 feet.

In football, Ziemba says he has definite goals for his senior season. "I want to work on my downfield blocking primarily on running plays," he notes. "My pass blocking is probably the strongest part of my game now because we run a spread offense. I get a lot of practice at pass blocking. I know my run blocking needs some work and I can improve my technique on pass blocking, too."

Ziemba is fired up about his final year of high school football. "We are going to have a great season," he says. "We have our starting quarterback coming back healthy. We are looking forward to it. We have our receivers coming back and our defense is shaping up, too."

Ziemba, who plays both left tackle and right tackle depending on the game plan, also plays on the defensive front in goal line situations, but projects as an offensive tackle in college with offers from Auburn, Arkansas, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Oklahoma and many others.

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