The next few months could prove to be very important in the recruitment of Williamsport, PA defensive lineman Zane Parr. The 6-5, 285-pounder, who had 31 tackles, 26 assists, 10 tackles for loss, and three blocked field goals last year, is looking to put his talents on display for his list of favorites during combines and camps over that period.
"I'm looking at Michigan, Virginia, Penn State, and Pitt," Parr said. "Those are my top four. Right now, none of them have offered. I went to all of their junior days. I have some camps set up with them that I'm going to be going to in the later months. I'm also going to the Penn State Nike camp. I'd like to choose a school before my senior season, but it has to be the college I want to go to. I'm not sure right now, so if they were to offer me now, I'd need a little time."
Michigan made a strong impression on Parr during his junior day visit back in February. The trip left him with a real appreciation for what the Wolverines have to offer.
"It was REAL nice," said Parr. "Of course everybody knows about their football program probably being the best. It was beautiful. We walked around, they showed us the locker room, the field, and we saw some of the trophies and the players pictures that have gone pro. We also saw the academic center. The coaches treated me like family. It was really nice."
While it's clear that Michigan possesses many of the characteristics that Parr is looking for in a program, there is one factor that is working against the Maize and Blue; distance.
"A big factor is how far away it is," explained Parr. "Michigan is pretty far away. It's seven hours away. I'm still going to consider them because of the whole program. Right now I'm not really leaning toward any particular school. I'm just weighing my options…and Michigan is definitely up there."
Parr may have been reluctant to single out a particular school as a favorite, but he did concede the point a bit when asked if he was leaning toward the in-state schools. "Yeah, a little bit," he said.
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Parr in the coming months.