Michigan might lead for in-state offensive guard Anthony Zettel, but that hasn't stopped Iowa from pursuing the 2011 prospect. The Hawkeyes extended a scholarship offer to 6-foot-4 ½, 257-pounder on Feb. 19.
"They've got a great program," Zettel said of Iowa. "They're always in the running for conference championships and always on top."
The West Branch, Mich. native grew up a Michigan fan and has visited its Ann Arbor campus numerous times, including last weekend.
"I've been there the most," Zettel said. "I'd say they're probably my favorite because I feel comfortable there. They have good coaching, a great strength and conditioning program, nice facilities and the Big House.
"But even though I grew up my whole life rooting Michigan doesn't mean that will affect my decision. I'm going to look around and pick the best college for me."
"First off, I'm looking for a great education," he said. "I'm looking at graduation rates. The facilities are important as is the coaching, team chemistry and the campus."
"I'm looking at rosters, but if I have to wait until the future to get playing time, I'm OK with that. I don't mind red shirting. It's not a big deal just another year to work."
Zettel plays offensive tackle and defensive end for Ogemaw Heights High. He also is a member of the basketball team, where he's averaging 13 points and 11 rebounds a game. In track and field, he throws the discus and shot put, in which he finished second at the state meet last spring.
Zettel plans on choosing his school before his senior year.
"I'll probably make a decision by late summer," he said. "I don't want it to carry over into my football season because we're going to have a pretty good team. I don't want it to distract me from that."
Zettel plans on making a trip to Iowa City but has not set a date.
"I don't know much about the academics so I'd like to find out more on a visit," Zettel said. "I haven't talked with their coach yet, but he told my coach they like how I finish blocks, my size and athletic ability, and the chance to put some weight on me."