Zirbel Finished with Trips, One School Leads

It's been a busy summer for offensive lineman <b>Cory Zirbel</b> from Murry, Ky. He recently returned from a trip to Oklahoma where he received another offer to add to his mammoth tally of schools desiring his services. After all the activity one school still stands above the rest. GoBlueWolverine Magazine spoke Tuesday mornig with Zirbel and got the latest.

With over 40 offers on the books for 6 foot 7, 292-pound offensive tackle Cory Zirbel from Murry, Ky. high school, things are looking clear as to which schools standout. After returning from an unofficial visit to Oklahoma, where the talented trencher received yet another offer, the Sooners jumped up his list of favorites. "I'd say Michigan, Miami, and Oklahoma are the top three," he said. "I really liked the coaches there (at OK) and what they had to offer. Right now those three schools will get official visits from me. I'm not sure about the other visits."

Ohio State was at one time in the spot now occupied by Oklahoma. Why the switch? "The big thing was like when I went to Ohio State they were a winning program," he told OUInsider.com recently. "But I thought the coaches and players were cocky about it, and I really didn't like that. When I got to Oklahoma they weren't cocky about winning at all, and I enjoyed the fact that they were humble about winning. Oklahoma acted like they expected to win and that they weren't overwhelmed by winning. Of course, the facilities are great and I really like Coach (Kevin) Wilson a lot."

Michigan has been at or near the top of the list for Zirbel, did the Sooner offer threaten the top spot for the Wolverines? "Michigan is still the leader, no doubt," he said. "I really can't think of anything that would knock them out of the lead, I don't think it will happen." Zirbel said he attempted to contact the Michigan coaches before leaving for Norman but was unsuccessful. He did say he was looking forward to speaking with them soon.

Zirbel said he has a week of at the beginning of October and will schedule an official visit then. He wasn't certain which school will receive the visit at that time. Earlier in the summer it appeared the big man was ready to make a decision, but with so many offers and the desire to see more of the schools on the top of his list, that has been put off until at least during his season. "I want to take a few visits and see how things are before I decide," he said. He said he will not visit any other schools this summer.

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