Iowa Recruiting Wish List: Zuttah Near the Top

It's no secret that the Iowa Hawkeyes are on the look out for some of the nation's top offensive line talent. New Jersey prep Jeremy Zuttah fits that description, and he was in Iowa City this past weekend to take in what the Iowa football program has to offer. Zuttah told that hew as impressed with Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz, in addition to more comments about his visit. Get to know Jeremy Zuttah in this latest 2004 recruiting profile.

Jeremy Zuttah, one of the nation's finest offensive linemen, returned from his second official visit after having been the guest of the Iowa Hawkeyes.

"It was a good visit." Zuttah said. "I really enjoyed Coach Ferentz, and I'd have to say he has left the best impression with me so far."

"It was good know a lot of Jersey players are there, and we were all saying Jersey is taking over Iowa. I liked the training facilities as well."

"I'm basically just a great combination of athleticism and strength," Zuttah said. "I think if I was a little lighter or a little faster, I could play tight end because I'm a versatile athlete."

As much as Zuttah liked Iowa, there is another Big Ten team that currently stands out in front.

"I'd say that Ohio State is probably highest on my list right now, but that could change at anytime." Zuttah said.

"I'm visiting Maryland this coming weekend, and Iowa is still in the thick of things. I'll take two more visits in January to either Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, or Rutgers."

"My decision is not close to being made, and a lot can still happen."

Zuttah is 6-4, 295-pounds and The Insiders rates him as a Top 20 offensive lineman in the country.

"How I got my size is really unusual," Zuttah said. "My mom is like 5-6, and my dad is 5-9."

Zuttah has also played baseball and basketball, although he plans to give up both sports in college. His brother Jeff was also a highly regarded football prospect in high school last season, and ultimately chose Michigan.

In fact, Jeremy learned of Iowa through the Hawkeyes' recruitment of Jeff. Coach Darrell Wilson tried to convince Jeff to come out to Iowa City, and he is now working on Jeremy.

"As my brother started to learn a little bit about them, I started to notice," Jeremy said.

Zuttah dreams of playing in the NFL someday, and he is fully aware of Iowa's success in putting linemen through to the pros. Three members of last year's starting Hawkeye front – Eric Steinbach (Cincinnati), Bruce Nelson (Carolina) and Ben Sobieski (Buffalo) – are on league rosters this season.

"I think everybody wants to play in the NFL," Zuttah said. "I'm no different. The linemen tradition at places like Iowa is important."

Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz is known as an offensive line guru, and he has spent more than 20 years teaching the position in the NFL and college.

"I know that they like to run the ball," Zuttah said. "Coach Ferentz works a lot with the offensive linemen. That's real good. That's a lot better than a lot of situations where the head coach might not understand the offensive line."

Zuttah projects as an offensive guard at the next level. He bench presses 400 and squats 585. Zuttah has already scored a 1250 SAT and carries a 3.0 GPA.

Rob Howe, Josh Clark and Jon Miller all contributed to this story. Photo used with permission from the Newark Star-Ledger.

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