OL Has UM Interest

When the University of Miami went into Edison, N.J. to recruit J.P. Stevens offensive lineman Jeff Zuttah last year they probably noticed Jeff's younger brother, Jeremy.

Now at 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds, Zuttah is becoming the same type of player his brother was at this age.

Zuttah, who scored a 1260 on the first SAT, has been playing football since his freshman year. He's played on both sides of the ball in each of his three seasons so far and plans to do the same this year.

In addition to football, Zuttah has also played varsity baseball and basketball although he plans to give both sports up as a senior to concentrate on football.

In the meantime, Zuttah's been emerging as one of the region's top offensive line prospects.

"As of right now I have 13 written offers and 10 verbal offers," he said. "I've heard from schools all over the country. It's a great honor to be recruited like this. I'm just pretty much taking everyone into consideration and then I'll start to narrow it down to a final five sometime in September."

Zuttah has made four unofficial visits this summer to programs that have already offered him.

"I took one-day trips to Maryland, Virginia, and Pittsburgh," he said. "Plus I've been to Rutgers a few times. I tried going to the camps at Ohio State and Notre Dame but wasn't able to because my mom had to work a lot this summer."

Although he's not sure about where he'll end up, one place he knows for sure won't get his signature on signing day is Michigan -- where his brother is headed this fall.

"I'm just not interested in them," he said. "It's not because of my brother, I'm just not interested."

The list of scholarship offers Zuttah has is impressive -- Boston College, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Syracuse, N.C. State, Rutgers, Maryland, South Carolina, North Carolina, Iowa, and Northwestern. Several other major programs are still in the process of evaluating him, including Miami.

"The coach from Miami was up here in the spring and then called me at the house," he said. "He basically said they like me and they'll be watching me this season. They haven't offered me yet but they called and showed interest."

Zuttah had a lot of good things to say about the Hurricanes.

"That's an amazing program," he said. "They're obviously a powerhouse football team and they're always near the top. I might use one of my official visits to go there. They're on my list but I still have a lot of schools on it."

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