Zanotto Set to Visit UMD

Franklin Regional (Murrysville, Pa.) inside linebacker Brett Zanotto has been eager to visit College Park, Md., since receiving his Maryland verbal in early May. And after hashing things with Terps head coach Randy Edsall for about 30 minutes May 18, the 6-foot, 215-pounder is set to see UMD for the first time June 1.

Franklin Regional (Murrysville, Pa.) inside linebacker Brett Zanotto has been eager to visit College Park, Md., since receiving his Maryland verbal in early May. And after hashing things with Terps head coach Randy Edsall for about 30 minutes May 18, the 6-foot, 215-pounder is set to see UMD for the first time June 1.

"I'm really excited to get down there. Maryland is probably my biggest offer right now and I can't wait to see the school," said Zanotto, who holds scholarships from Toledo, Eastern Michigan, UMass and Western Michigan. "From what I hear it's a beautiful campus and a great school, and a lot of people I know who have been there have told me I'm really going to like it. So I am really excited about the trip."

While Zanotto had previously been in contact with his recruiter, Greg Studrawa, whom he has a developing rapport with ("Coach Stud is great. He's an exciting guy to talk to, and he has a great background" Zanotto said) he hadn't spoken to Edsall at length until May 18. The Franklin Regional linebacker said he enjoyed the conversation and described UMD's headman as easy to talk to, informative and straightforward. Zanotto said he's looking forward to meeting Edsall and his staff in person June 1.

"Basically Coach Edsall and I just talked about the position I'd be playing, the university as a whole and what I was going to major it. He talked a little about how the team was looking, how the coaches were working with the players and then just asked how I was doing," Zanotto said. "One big thing is I want to major in marketing and [Edsall] was saying how that's a very big major at Maryland and there are a lot of job opportunities available [after graduation]. He said that with the Under Armour connection there's a lot of internships and jobs, and some of his players are interning there now. I thought that was pretty cool."

Zanotto went on to detail what his role would be at UMD should he choose to attend school in College Park. While he plays mainly fullback and outside linebacker/strong safety for Franklin Regional, he said the Terps think he'll fit best at inside backer.

"The position really doesn't matter to me – as long as I'm on the field and contributing," said Zanotto, who also lauded Maryland's Big Ten move. "Coach Edsall was telling me I have a nose for the ball and tackle well, and he thinks I'd fit well into their 3-4 defense."

Right now, Zanotto has Maryland under serious consideration. However, he's not sure he'll commit June 1 while in College Park.

"I'm not too sure about that," he said. "I think I'm going to wait until July or August just to think things over and see what else happens [with the recruiting process]."

Indeed, there is one school Zanotto is hoping that pulls through with an offer. Hometown Pittsburgh, which has been in contact, is an admitted personal favorite since it's so close to his home.

"Pitt, I'd say yes they are kind of standing out for me," said Zanotto, who is hearing from Kent State, Purdue and Bowling Green, in addition to Pitt. "I've been there a bunch of times and it's a school I've always been around. It would be great to have a hometown offer and be able to represent the hometown school. I've been talking to them and their coaches tell me to come to camp, show what I can do, and they might offer after that."

Zanotto has also seen Kent State, Buffalo, Akron, UMass and Toledo. The former four he visited awhile back, but Toledo was his most recent trip in mid-May.

"I liked Toledo a lot. The coaching staff was nice, it was a nice campus and they're building a brand new football facility," Zanotto said. "I enjoyed it there."

The Pennsylvania backer plans to return to UMass and Pittsburgh following his Maryland trip. After that, he should be ready to announce his college decision barring a drastic change in his recruiting.

Zanotto is coming off a season where he racked up 157 tackles and seven sacks. He rushed for 680 yards and scored 12 touchdowns on offense.

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