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Florida DE/TE Michael Ziemba spoke to Peegs.com about why he committed to Indiana

Indiana added another commitment to the 2017 recruiting class when Michael Ziemba from Florida pledged to the Hoosiers today.


The Indiana staff continued their impressive run in recruiting with a commitment from DE/TE Michael Ziemba. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound standout from Lake Mary (FL) Lake Mary H.S. became the 12th commit for Indiana in the 2017 recruiting class, and the fourth player to pledge to the Hoosiers in the last 10 days. Peegs.com caught up with Ziemba to get his thoughts on what made IU the right school for him.

The Florida native said it was everything about Indiana that made him realize it was the best fit for him as a football player and as a student.

"The coaching staff and everything that Indiana has to offer me is what made choose Indiana," he said when asked why he chose the Hoosiers. "It was also the education and the amazing opportunities I will have athletically."

Ziemba was able to talk with the entire staff when he called today to give them the news, and he said they were very excited to hear that he was ready to be a Hoosier.

"I talked to every single coach," he said when asked who he spoke with when he committed. "They were just fired up and excited to get me on board."

The talented prospect has played tight end and outside linebacker for Lake Mary H.S. and the IU staff believes he could be a standout at defensive end. Ziemba said the staff loves his versatility and they will see where he fits best once he gets on campus.

"They say I'm a big guy with skills that has a lot of versatility," he said. "For them the position isn't really all that important, they just wanted me to be a Hoosier."

When Ziemba gets to Bloomington there will be a familar face in the locker room as former Lake Mary teammate Nick Westbrook is currently a member of the IU program. 

"Having Nick there will be great because I know him and I feel comfortable with him," Ziemba said about Westbrook already being on the team. "It will be nice having him there to show me around and letting me know what to expect."

Ziemba is relieved to have the recruiting process over with because it allows him to devote all his attention to his Lake Mary team and the upcoming season.

"It's amazing knowing that I will be playing in the Big Ten," he said. "Every game is huge and I'm just really excited because now I can focus on my team and on having a great senior season."

This is a big day for Ziemba and for his family, and he said they are all very excited to be a part of the IU football program.

"My family is so pumped and ready to be Hoosiers as well," he said. "My heart is all in with Indiana and so is my family."

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