Zirbel Getting Lots of Attention

Practice and film sessions have been keeping offensive lineman <b>Cory Zirbel</b> from Murray (Kent.) High School very busy and the nights late. Add in college coaches from across the country are calling and you have one busy athlete. Zirbel is taking it all in stride, for now.

"We have practice every day and then we watch films," Cory Zirbel said. "I don't get home until around 10:30 at night. Yesterday I had 14 messages from coaches and today I had around 10. I don't mind it now, it is exciting, but if it stays like this I can see it getting old."

Zirbel says he has been playing phone tag with Michigan coach Andy Moeller. With Zirbel's busy schedule the two have yet to speak.

The 6 foot 7, 292-pound Zirbel is the leader on a young Murry offensive line and is enjoying the role. "I'm kinda like a coach, really," he said. "We have a young line and most people thought it was out biggest concern. I spend a lot of time helping hte younger guy and we've played well together so far." Murray has started the season 2-0 and is expected to go far this season.

Zirbel had a busy summer, visiting 17 campuses, and is certain of his final list of schools. "It's down to Michigan, Miami, and Oklahoma," he said. "I do have an official visit set up with Oklahoma for Oct. 2, it's our bye-week. Both Michigan and Miami are away those weeks so I'll schedule visits with them after the season. I may take a visit to UK (Kentucky) but that would be it."

The big man comes from a family with a long football history. Dad played at Wisconsin-Stout, his grandfather and uncle spent time in the NFL. "My dad was a guard and fullback in college," he said. "He was about 6-3 and weighed about 300 pounds."

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