Zirbel Raves About Game; Sets Visit Date

One of the top offensive line prospects for Michigan is <b>Cory Zirbel</b> from Murray, Ky. High School. Saturday, the No. 14 ranked lineman in the country according to TheInsiders made is first game-day venture into Michigan Stadium during his un-official visit to Ann Arbor. <br><br> GoBlueWolverine Magazine spoke Monday with Zirbel about the game, when he would be making his official visit, and when he would announce his decision.

Offensive lineman Cory Zirbel told GBW recently that it would be difficult for any school to overtake Michigan in the hunt for his signature come February. While he'll visit Oklahoma this weekend, and Miami sometime in the future, there is little doubt where he'll end up. "I really can't see anything that would sway me from going to Michigan," Zirbel said.

The 6 foot 7, 292-pound powerhouse made the trek to Ann Arbor this past weekend with his father and a friend Tim Masthay, the Murray kicker who recently committed to Kentucky. "It was my first game at the Big House and I couldn't be any more impressed," he said. "There were 111,000 people in the place, I've never seen that many people in a football game before, it was unbelievable. The offensive line did a really good job.

Zirbel paid close attention to the area at which he will eventually see duty, and liked what he saw. "I watched Jake Long a lot since he's a freshman and I'll play with him quite a bit," Zirel said. "He did really good. Coach Moeller does a really good job making sure everybody knows their assigments. From what I saw there weren't a whole lot of mess ups."

Even though he is still going to take visits to the Norman and Miami, and nothing is final in recruiting until the papers are signed and faxed, Zirbel sounds as if his mind is made up. "We talked about when I'll make my official visit and while it isn't set in stone it looks like it's going to be the second week of December," he said. "I might commit while I'm up there. It depends on how it goes on the Oklahoma visit and on the Michigan visit. If I don't commit then I'll definitely commit at the Army game." The "Army game", is the U.S. Army All-American Bowl held in San Antonio, Texas. Zirbel has yet to be announced as a participant.

With his friend committing to Kentucky is there a possibility the home school might sneak in and grab the four-star talent? "I get a lot of pressure to stay home, especually since Tim committed," he said. "We've been best friends since we started school but I really don't have any interest in Kentucky."

Murray extended their record Friday to a 6-0 with a 61-14 victory over Ballard Memorial. It is the best start for the Tigers since 1993 when Murray went undefeated for the first, and only, time in school history. They visit Fulton City on Oct. 8.

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