Bloomington, Ind. – Tyler Zeller will be patient to the very end.
While 15 of Scout.com's top 20 players in the Class of 2008 having already made verbal commitments, the 6'11", 220-pound Zeller is still about two months away from a final verdict. The 16th-ranked player in the class will make official visits to North Carolina (Sept. 15), Indiana (Sept. 22), Notre Dame (Oct. 12) and Purdue (Oct. 19) before wrapping it all up with his much-anticipated decision.
Purdue has been thought to be a major player in Zeller's recruitment for some time, and his final official visit will be to the West Lafayette campus. But he said he won't make a rush to judgment as soon as he returns home from that stop.
"I'm planning on not committing for at least two weeks after that so I don't go right off what the visit was like," Zeller said.
While Purdue has been hoping that it has an edge because of the fact it will be the last school to host Zeller, many around the IU program have been holding out hope that Matt Roth's recent commitment could enhance their chances significantly. Zeller and Roth are teammates on an Indiana Elite team that was one of the best AAU programs in the country this summer.
But Zeller said he hasn't talked with Roth since the Washington, Ill., shooting guard committed to Coach Kelvin Sampson, so the impact will likely be negligible.
"It really won't affect me," Zeller said. "We never really talked about it a whole lot. He'd tease me every once in a while (about playing together), but not very often."
What will affect Zeller is his round of officials. He said he's already been to North Carolina a couple of times and has been to IU, Purdue and South Bend an countless occasions, but each will get a final chance to leave a lasting impression in the next seven weeks.
‘I'm just going to each school to see which one I fit in the best," Zeller said. "The one I feel most comfortable at is probably the one I'll end up committing to."
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