Zirbel Not a Wolverine ... Yet

When you have some of the most elite football programs in the country courting you, time is on your side, even if you know where you want to play. For <b>Cory Zirbel</b> the college of his choice is pretty clear, but an announcement will just have to wait a little longer. <br><br> In the meantime he plans on taking a few visits; will Michigan be on the list any time soon?

Offensive lineman Cory Zirbel from Murry, Ky. High School is well informed about his college choices. During the summer he visited 17 campuses and came away with a solid list of three leaders, Michigan, Miami, and Oklahoma. With a visit already scheduled to Norman for the weekend of Oct. 2 will there be time for the busy young man to take in other games? "I just got off the phone with Coach (Jim) Herrmann and we are set to go up for the Iowa game," Zirbel told GoBlueWolverine Magazine Wednesday evening. "It will be an unofficial visit. We fly in Saturday morning and stay until Sunday afternoon so we'll have some time to look around." Zirbel also spent the entire week at the Michigan camp this past summer.

The 6 foot 7, 292-pound Zirbel, the No. 14 ranked offensive lineman in the country according to TheInsiders, told the Murray Ledger, "A lot of people don't know that Michigan is by far my No. 1 choice. People have heard that I like Michigan and that they are my No. 1, but not that many people know they are that far ahead." On Wednesday he reiterated his position. "If I had to make my choice today it would be Michigan," he said. "I want to visit Oklahoma and Miami and see what they have to offer, but it would take quite a lot to make me change my mind."

Zirbel expanded a bit on why he wants to wait to make the official announcement. "My dad wants to get back up there again and he'll get a chance this weekend," Zirbel said. "He's a professor here at the local college and he wants me to make sure (Michigan) is the place I want to be for the next five years. He also wants me to check out a couple other place just to be certain."

With two offensive lineman already in the fold, Tim McAvoy, a four-star lineman from Bloomington, Ill., and Justin Schifano, the four-star stud from Webster, N.Y., the question is will there be time for Zirbel to put off his announcement or will someone sneak in and grab his spot? "Michigan told me they were going to take four offensive lineman," Zirbel said. "They already have the McAvoy kid and Schifano and their looking at me and David Moosman from Libertyville, near Chicago. I think we're their top two. I know they've offered a couple other guys but they're showing us the most interest."

"If I get invited to the U.S. Army All-Star game I'll make my announcement there."

The Murray Tigers are off to a 5-0 start, outscoring opponents 191-77. They visit Ballard Memorial this Friday.

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