U-M Adds Top OL Recruit: Jeff Zuttah

One interior offensive line recruit is on the verge of picking elsewhere -- but Michigan has just gotten a visit scheduled from another very-top interior OL, Jeff Zuttah from Princeton, New Jersey. Jeff has been a little overlooked because he's a prep schooler -- but he has been picked to play in the US Army All-Star Game this coming January.<br><br> Also: a look from Tom Lemming at some of the Michigan recruits chosen to play in the US Army All-Star Game

Yours truly talked Thursday night to Jeff Zuttah (6-4 1/2, 280 lbs., 4.95 in the 40, 390 lb. bench press) from The Hun School, Princeton, New Jersey.

Do you have a Michigan visit set?

"Yes, for December 13."

Do you have others set?

"Yes, I have my five. Florida State this Friday (Nov. 16), Penn State November 23, Boston College November 30, and Notre Dame December 6. I am announcing the visits at 10 AM at my school Friday -- the US Army All Star Game sponsers are doing a press conference at my school to promote the game."

Have you been to Michigan -- to Ann Arbor?

"No I haven't. What attracts me to Michigan is the academics. I want to study marketing, and Michigan's Business School is just tremendous."

Do you have a favorite? Or top three?

"No. I'll take my visits and see from there."

You graduated from high school last year and are in prep school this year. How come?

"I didn't get the recruiting from the top schools that I wanted. I'm glad I took another year."

Note: Obviously, from his visit list, Zuttah's patience paid off with an attention-getting season this fall. Zuttah plans to enroll in the school he picks in January. His best ranking is from Tom Lemming (Prep Football Report), who ranks him as the #73 prospect in the country.

Note 2: the OL likely to choose elsewhere: John Sullivan from Connecticut is leaning to Notre Dame.


Yours truly had a talk last night with Tom Lemming of Prep Football Report. Tom is the person who nominated 200 kids for the upcoming US Army All Star Game in San Antonio this January. From those 200, 75 are actually picked for the game. According to Lemming, the following Michigan verbal commitments have actually been picked to play:

- Michigan commitment running back/safety Anton Campbell (6-0, 185 lbs., 4.45 in the 40, 330-lb. bench press, 36-inch vertical jump, 2.8 GPA/18 ACT) from O'Fallon, Missou., Fort Zumwalt West.

- All-American Place kicker Garrett Rivas (5-9, 180 lbs.) from Tampa, Fla., Jesuit. He has been named the East team kicker in the US Army All-Star game in January.

In addition, the following top Michigan recruits have been picked to play (this list is not comprehensive -- it is just 'off the top of his head'):

- All-American quarterback Clayton Richard (Nov. 15 official visit, 6-5, 225 lbs., 4.7 in the 40, 4.0 GPA/1340 SAT) from Lafayette, Ind., McCutcheon. Note: he will be the third East quarterback if they take one, which hasn't completely been decided.

- All-American defensive back/‘athlete' Ryan Mundy (Nov. 2 official visit, PSU Nike stats: 6-2, 200 lbs., 16 reps of 185 lbs.; 4.45 in the 40, 10.7 100 meters, 290-lb. bench press, 2.7 GPA/830 SAT in 2001) from Pittsburgh, Penn., Woodland Hills (teammate of Steve Breaston).

- All-American linebacker/defensive end Shawn Crable (Dec. 13 official visit, 2002 Michigan camper, 6-6, 225 lbs., 4.74 in the 40, 10.8 100 meters, 2.8 GPA/15 ACT) from Massillon, Ohio, Washington.

- All-American wide receiver Jayson Swain (Nov. 2 official visit, 6-2, 205 lbs., 4.45 in the 40, 34-inch vertical jump, 2.8 GPA/15 ACT) from Huntsville, Alabama, Grissom.

- All-American offensive lineman Jeff Zuttah (Dec. 13 official visit, 6-4 1/2, 280 lbs., 4.95 in the 40, 390 lb. bench press) from The Hun School, Princeton, New Jersey.

- All-American ‘athlete' Prescott Burgess (2002 Michigan camper, 6-3, 220 lbs., 4.59 in the 40 at the OSU Camp, 3.0 GPA/15 ACT) from Warren, Ohio, Harding.

- All-American cornerback Donte Whitner (Dec. 6 official visit, 2002 Michigan camper, MSU Nike stats: 5-11, 176 lbs., 4.43 in the 40, 32.8 inch vertical jump; 10.4 100 meters, 3.8 GPA) from Cleveland, Ohio, Glenville.

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