The fact that Trey Zeigler's star continues to rise doesn't come as a surprise to those that have been following his recruitment. His eye-popping performances on the AAU circuit this summer were validation of his outstanding potential. His latest offer is only provides more confirmation of that.
"I got UCLA," Zeigler said proudly. "(UCLA) let me know that the offer was there on the table."
More big time offers are sure to follow for the player many consider to be the top player in the state of Michigan regardless of class. However, as the competition for his services has risen, so to have the recruiting efforts turned in by the Michigan Wolverines. Headman John Beilein and assistant Mike Jackson have taken advantage of every opportunity to show the 6-4, 190-pound combo guard just how wanted he is in Ann Arbor. Their case was furthered recently when a duo of prospects got into the act as well.
One half of the tag-team is the most recent addition to Beilein's ledger of recruits, PG, Darius Morris.
"I talked to Darius the day he committed and I talked to him again last week," recalled Zeigler. "He called me and we talked for a little bit. At random times he'll just text me and it will say "Michigan" (laughing). That's all he'll say."
Morris has received help in wooing his friend and former AAU teammate from an unexpected source. The Wolverines have long been strong presence in the recruitment of Southborough, MA PF Nate Lubick. His recent interaction with Zeigler is proof of just how strong.
"I talked to him last week," Zeigler said of Lubick. "We spoke through a friend. He actually texted. I think he is coming to the Wisconsin game (at Michigan). I think I'm going to come down because Darius is going to be here too, so we'll all be there together."
Should all three youngsters make it to Ann Arbor on September 27th, a future together on the Crisler Arena floor will surely be one of the major topics of discussion. It already has been for Lubick and Zeigler, which is surprising considering the two have never actually met.
"I don't even know what he looks like," said Zeigler. "I've never seen him (laughing). He just wanted me to know that he was thinking about Michigan. He was (saying) we would be a great class, me and him together. He loves Coach Beilein and he loves what Coach Beilein is trying to do."
The Morris/Lubick tandem has presented a formidable case for the Maize & Blue, but at this point Zeigler has no definite plans of concluding his recruitment.
"I really don't have a timeline," he reported. "It's possible that (a decision) might not come until next summer. I think I want to see a couple of more schools, but after that I think I'll probably get ready to make my decision."
One of those schools just happens to be in East Lansing, and it too is getting some assistance from a recently committed player.
"I'm going to Michigan State sometime in September or October," Zeigler said. "Coach (Izzo) told me that they still want me," Zeigler said. "Actually I talked to Keith Appling and Coach the day Keith committed. I hit Keith up to say congratulations and he was like, ‘you've got to come (to Michigan State). You've got to come.' They want me to still come. The offer is still on the table and I'm still going to consider it. I'm still thinking about it"
Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for more on the Zeigler recruitment coming tomorrow.