Ziemba Takes a Midwest Tour

Even though four-star offensive lineman Lee Ziemba of Rogers, Ark. is one of the top high school football prospects in the country, his receipt of an offer from the University of Michigan came as a surprise. This weekend, Ziemba and his family took a trip to visit the Ann Arbor campus along with a stop in South Bend for the Notre Dame spring game.

When Rogers, Ark., High School head football coach Ronnie Peacock sent film of Lee Ziemba to Michigan, it wasn't given much thought by the Ziemba's whether anything would come of it. However, when an offer arrived at the end of March, interest in the school soared. Ann Arbor was the first stop for the Ziemba's during a weekend tour of two Midwest football powers. "We drove up to Michigan on Saturday," Ziemba said. "It was the first time we'd been to Michigan and we really liked it. The facilities were nice and we got a chance to talk with Coach (Andy) Moeller first, then Coach (Lloyd) Carr. We really appreciated the time they spent with us."

The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Ziemba said that the depth situation at Michigan was one topic of conversation. "Coach Moeller said they will be graduating a lot of lineman," Ziemba said. "He said if I were to come to Michigan I'd probably make the two-deep and be traveling with the team my first year."

Ziemba said his expectations regarding Michigan were high, and that those expectations were met. After their day in Ann Arbor the Ziemba's headed down to South Bend and the campus of the University of Notre Dame. "It was a lot of fun there," he said. "We had a chance to walk around campus, I could tell it is a private school because it is smaller than Michigan. The architecture at Notre Dame is kinda cool."

After talking with Fighting Irish head coach Charlie Weis, Ziemba said he was told Notre Dame would take five offensive linemen in this class.

Ziemba's mom talked about her impressions of the trip. "I was impressed with both schools," Dawn Ziemba said. "Michigan is a large school, which is different than what I am used to. I was in the band at Auburn and we traveled to other SEC schools, which are smaller. Coach Moeller at Michigan was wonderful. I felt like he would be a friend to Lee and us.

"Notre Dame was beautiful, and the atmosphere was incredible. Coach (Michael) Haywood talked to us about being homesick his first semester at Notre Dame, and how he got over it and never regretted having gone there. He said Notre Dame is a place where we wouldn't have to worry about Lee."

Lee Ziemba said that while the trip was very informative and enjoyable, he is not yet ready to name a top list of schools. "I have a lot of other schools to visit before I can make a decision," he said.

Wies will be at Rogers today, with Moeller stopping by sometime in early May. "He said he wanted to see Lee in pads, so he is coming down during their spring practice, probably May 4 or 5." Dawn Ziemba said.

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