On the football field, Alexx Zielinski starts at tight end and plays defensive end for the Brighton Bulldogs. His talent extends to the baseball field, however, as Zielisnki is an accomplished pitcher as well. A lefty, Zielisnki has been clocked in the high 80s. He currently sports six offers for baseball.
"As of right now, football is sticking out more," said Zielisnki. But if I talk to coaches at a school for both football and baseball and they're both okay with it, then that's always an option. But right now football is leading the way."
This statement came just hours after camping at Central Michigan, where Zielinski was offered a scholarship at tight end based on his performance yesterday.
"I've really started pursuing football the past five months," said Zielisnki. "I was on Michigan Elite 7on7 and the whole time I was doing that, it was during baseball season. That's basically how my offseason has been going. It's very busy."
Zielisnki mentions that he has now begun practicing with his high school football team, but they are still transitioning into team camp. Still, Zielinski has remained focused on football for quite some time. Before pulling in his first football offer from the Chippewas, Zielisnki was being courted by a litany of schools.
"I went to Duke, NC State, Indiana, Toledo and I went to Central Michigan last weekend for a private workout, then I attended camp today," said Zielinski. "Camp today went very well. I thought I did well on all the drills. Then for the prior workout, it was me and another Michigan Elite 7-on-7 teammate of mine, Jacques Pougnet from Flint Powers. We were both working out and doing drills for them such as the 40, the shuttle, the 3-cone, broad jump then some individual work with the coaches."
During his time at Central Michigan over the past two weekends, Zielinski has gotten the chance to know the Chippewas' coach at his position, Sherrone Moore. This is a relationship that is important to build from both perspectives.
"My primary recruiter has been coach [Sherrone] Moore, the tight end coach," said Zielinski. "I have been in contact with him a lot over the past couple weeks. He is pretty straight to the point and he brings a lot of energy to everything he does. He's a great overall young coach."
Now that he has had time to soak in the experience of receiving his first offer, Zielinski has acknowledged that the Chippewas lead in his recruitment.
"They are the only school that has offered me so far," said Zielinski. "They are definitely at the top. From a school standpoint, I really like the campus and the whole college feel that they bring. I think it's a great school."
While Zielinski currently holds Central Michigan in high regard coming off of a memorable visit, it appears that he will take a bit more time before committing to a school—for either football or baseball—and he is going to survey all of his options first.
"If things get rolling and I get a couple more [offers], maybe before the football season starts—late August or directly after the season ends," said Zielinski. "Getting one of those times would work out best. That would be ideal."