Last year was actually Maizel's first playing at a high level and by all accunts he handled it better than expected. His weight is down and he is lifting more seriously in the last year for the first time.
Maizel has been hearing from a whole range of schools recently, including Ohio State, West Virginia, Pitt, Virginia, and yes the Clemson Tigers.
Clemson has moved in only recently with significant contact, but we all know how the Tigers have faired within the last year with offensive linemen from Ohio. (remember Roman Fry?)
"Ohio State is my favorite, but I've been hearing from Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State and Iowa the most and they would probably be my other favorites," says Maizel.
Maizel started two years on the varsity at Lowellville (Ohio) before transferring and starting two years for Ursiline.
He has already taken three visits to Ohio State, Michigan, and West Virginia this year, and he also plans on camping at Pittsburgh this summer. It is unclear at this stage in the game as to whether or not he'll camp at Clemson.
Maizel projects as a full qualifier with a GPA over 2.5.
Ohio State is clearly the team to beat at this time, but remember its still early in the recruiting process. We will continue to keep you updated on Matt Maizel as we receive more information.
2003 Profile: OL Matt Maizel
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