West Branch (MI) Ogemaw Heights star Anthony Zettel has been plagued by a foot injury throughout the young season, but that didn't stop him from putting on a show during his team's loss to Bay City John Glenn Friday evening.
"He played well last night," said Ogemaw Heights Coach Andrew Pratley. "He had 17 tackles. He played some linebacker for us and did a nice job in our comeback attempt. It came up short as a team, but he played well. He is tenacious. He just gets after it all over the field no matter where we put him. He finishes blocks well on the offensive line and he creates havoc defensively. (He has) just a motor that never quits and that's important for us."
Two Michigan coaches were on hand for Zettel's impressive showing. Offensive line coach Greg Frey and defensive line coach Bruce Tall made the two-and-a-half hour trek north, further affirming the Wolverines' openness to him playing on either side of the ball.
"Right now any place he can play, he does well," Pratley said. "Defensive line wise I think is where he is really getting quicker and faster. That might be where he ends up."
If Scout.com's #7 guard prospect were to end up on the offensive line many pundits previously projected he would, there is one position where he may thrive at most.
"I think his athleticism in a system like Michigan, he would be at center," Pratley said of his star pupil. "They are very athletic and to be able to move like that."
When Zettel made it to Ann Arbor Saturday to take in the UMASS game, the Michigan coaching staff reiterated once again that he is one of their priority recruits.
"It was pretty much all the same stuff," the four-star prospect reported. "They're looking at me for kind of O-line/D-line mixed with everything. That's what all the colleges have been talking about. They were just that they want me there and I would help the team out a lot and that."
The Wolverines' 3-0 start certainly hasn't done anything to harm their chances with the four-star prospect.
"I think it is really good," he said. "I see a lot of improvements in all the positions and a lot of maturity in that."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Zettel's still to be determined official visit schedule in the coming weeks.