Another Top Offensive Tackle Likes Michigan!

U-M may be looking for 2 <b>offensive tackles</b> for its 04/05 recruiting class. And OT recruiting is going well -- at least 5 highly rated 6-7+ giants have visited U-M for the Feb. 29 Junior Day, and/or for a spring practice or the Spring Game. And all but 1 also say they'll attend the U-M Camp.<br><br> Last night (Tues.) we called another one -- a <b>Top 100 prospect who has U-M at the top!</b> Here's the interview -- plus a quick run-down of <b>all five OT recruits</b>.

Offensive tackle Cory Zirbel (6-7, 305 lbs.) from Murray, Kent. has just been named by Tom Lemming to his early Top 100 Team. Being from far-Southwest Kentucky he is a bit of a surprise to the recruiting industry -- but not to Michigan! We chatted with Corey's father last (Tuesday) night.

We saw Corey at the Michigan Spring game. He's a big guy! Did he have a good visit?

"He had a great visit. We actually came up on the Thursday night before the game (which was Saturday), and on Friday we got a tour of campus, we met with academic people, and we toured the football facilities. And Corey got to sit in on the offensive line meetings with Coach Moeller -- he really liked that. Corey liked the campus, and he liked the football coaches."

Would you say Michigan his favorite school?

"Yeah, he's pretty high on Michigan."

Where else has he been for visits?

"Kentucky and Vanderbilt, Purdue, Illinois, and he may make a trip to Minnesota. Tom Lemming just named him to his preseason Top 100 team, and Corey's coach says lots of calls have been coming in now."

Which schools have offered him a scholarship?

"He has an Alabama offer now; also Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Louisville."

Is he planning to camp at Michigan this summer?

"Yes. He's definitely going to that one."

Any others?

"Kentucky, and Vanderbilt for a day. And Notre Dame has a long-snapper camp that he plans on going to."

Do you have any connections in the North?

"I did my undergraduate engineering work at the University of Wisconsin. I got my doctorate at Texas A&M. It's hot in Texas, even hotter than here!"

So you teach engineering?

"Well, we have an Engineering Technology program here at Murray State. The program doesn't have the higher level engineering theory; instead it focuses more on hands-on application."

Is Corey interested in engineering?

"Possibly. Our academic tour on Friday was of the engineering school facilities. They are very impressive. Corey has good grades -- he has over a 3.0 grade point and Murry High School is a pretty good school. He just took the ACT but doesn't have the score yet. But I know that it'd be pretty hard to go through an engineering curriculum at at top engineering school like Michigan while also playing football. So we'll see."

Tom Lemming told us regarding Corey: "The kid is huge as you know, but not fat. And he has real good footwork for a guy that big. I think Michigan is pretty high on him."


- Offensive tackle Dan Doering (US Army Combine stats: 6-5 1/2, 270 lbs., 5.29 in the 40, 16 bench press reps.) from Barrington, Ill. He has a Michigan OFFER (and many others as well, 20+), and attended the Feb. 29 Junior Day and a spring practice. Michigan Head Coach Lloyd Carr visited Doering's school on the first day of the Spring Evaluation period. He told us he does not plan to attend any summer camps. Doering is one of USA Today's Top Ten Juniors, and Max Emfinger's #2 offensive tackle.

- Offensive tackle Dace Richardson (Planned Michigan Camper, 6-8, 305 lbs., 5.2 in the 40) from Wheaton, Ill., South. He visited for a spring practice and was OFFERed. He also has offers from Iowa, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Purdue, Iowa St, Kentucky, Nebraska and MSU. He reportedly has told U-M that he will attend Camp, alony with his TE teammate Andy Moeki. Michigan Head Coach Lloyd Carr visited Richardson's school on the first day of the Spring Evaluation period. He's a Max Emfinger 4-star offensive tackle.

- Offensive lineman Cory Zirbel (Planned Michigan Camper, 6-7, 305 lbs.) from Murray, Kent. He attended the 2004 U-M Spring Game. Michigan is his favorite and he will attend the U-M Summer Camp. He has offers from Alabama, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Louisville.

- Offensive lineman Zach Hennis (Planned 2004 U-M Camper, 6-8, 340 lbs., 365 lb. bench press) from Plain City, Oh., Jonathan Alder. He attended the Feb. 29 Junior Day and the 2004 U-M Spring Game, and told us he will attend the U-M Summer Camp. Alder, one of the smaller schools in the state of Ohio, went 9-2 in 2003.

- Offensive tackle Jason Kacinko (6-6, 300 lbs., 320 lb. bench press, 2.9 GPA) from Penn-Trafford, Pa. He attended the Feb. 29 Junior Day. He has offers from Pitt and Syracuse. He's a Max Emfinger 4-star offensive tackle.

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