Zajac A Model Student-Athlete

Mitch Zajac is one of the top linebackers in the state of Michigan. But he is much more than that, he is also one of the top students in his class. He has interest from Ivy League schools as well as some Big Ten programs, including the nearby Spartans.

HOLT, MI - When Michigan State assistant Dan Enos was doing his recent tour of high schools, one of his stops was at Holt High School to check in with OT Austin Holtz and LB Mitch Zajac. Zajac is one of the top linebacker prospects in the state, but he is a little bit of an interesting case. You see, the big gap plugger is also a 4.0 student who boasts an impressive 27 on his ACT and a 1790 SAT.

"Harvard and Princeton are interested in me," he reported, "with Harvard ‘offering me' as much as an Ivy League school can."

Even though his strong academics would make him a great candidate for the Ivy League, Zajac is certainly a Division-1 football player. As a junior, he tallied 164 tackles, 39 of those solo and 16 for loss, 5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, an INT and 4 pass breakups. As a fullback, he carried the ball for 269 yards and 6 touchdowns. His impressive all around performance has several Big Ten and MAC schools recruiting him.

"I have an offer from Western Michigan, Central Michigan seems pretty interested as well as Akron," he reported, "Illinois has shown a lot of interest as well. Stanford wants me to come to camp along with Indiana, Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State and Eastern Michigan."

Out of those schools, Zajac lists his top five as Stanford, Arizona State, Illinois, Northwestern and Western Michigan. In addition to being a standout in the classroom and a four year varsity football player, this coming senior season will also mark the fourth year Zajac has been on the varsity wrestling and track teams.

He was league champion in wrestling and all-area as a freshman and was a regional champion as a sophomore before repeating as league champion as a junior. In track and field, Zajac has been a two time state qualifier in the shot put.

So yes, Mitch Zajac is quite the talented individual, whether it be track and field, wrestling, football or school, it seems like he can do just about anything he puts his mind to. So where might we see him in a few years if he's not on the gridirion?

"I'm not that sure yet," he admitted, "Probably some kind of physics or physical science, possibly engineering."

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