RECRUITING: Zirbel moves OU up list after visit

Murray, Kentucky offensive lineman Cory Zirbel names a leader and talks about his unoffical visit to Norman last weekend.

Cory Zirbel, OL, 6-7, 292, MURRAY, KENTUCKY:

JH: OU offered you a scholarship when you visited them recently, how did you feel about that offer?

CZ: "I was excited because I have been waiting for that offer for sometime now. I had them in my top three, and that offer didn't come for a while so I had to bump them out. I liked everything about Oklahoma. They have exactly the kind of program that I thought they would have. Now that they have offered me they are going to be back in my top three. I am going to move Ohio State out of my top three and put Oklahoma in my top three with Miami and Michigan."

JH: You had a perception of OU before your visit, but what did you learn about the program once you visited?

CZ: "The big thing was like when I went to Ohio State they were a winning program, but I thought the coaches and players were cocky about it, and I really didn't like that. When I got to Oklahoma they weren't cocky about winning at all, and I enjoyed the fact that they were humble about winning. Oklahoma acted like they expected to win and that they weren't overwhelmed by winning. Of course, the facilities are great and I really like Coach (Kevin) Wilson a lot."

JH: Who did you hang out with or workout with?

CZ: "I really enjoyed hanging out with Ben (Barresi) and Chris (Patterson). Chris is going to be at a junior college for a couple of years, but would be a great teammate and so would Ben. I enjoyed both of them a great deal."

JH: Do you have a leader among your top three?

CZ: "I would honestly have to say that Michigan is my leader, but that is just as of now. Michigan is one of those boyhood schools that I have grown up rooting for. I have also been to Michigan on several occasions and I know a lot more about them. When it comes to Miami and Oklahoma, I haven't been there as much, so that is a bit of a disadvantage for them. They (Michigan) are not so far out in front that I won't sign with other schools. It is just a case that I have been up there more and I know more about them."

JH: Does the fact that OU needs offensive tackles in their program have a major impact in your decision?

CZ: "Oklahoma doesn't have any established offensive tackles after next year, which would give me a chance to play early. That isn't really a big deal to me. If I don't play early that is OK with me. I don't mind redshirting, but if I can earn a job then I would certainly be OK with that."

JH: Will you visit any more schools this summer?

CZ: "We had two-a-days last week, but I am not going to get out to any more schools until I take official visits. We have an off week in September and I will visit one of the schools then. Then I will take more visits in November and December. I don't have any visits set at this point."

JH: Will you take five visits?

CZ: "I will take five if I feel that I need to, and right now I think I will take five. I will definitely take visits to Michigan, Miami and Oklahoma. I also think I will take one to USC, but I am not sure about the fifth. I guess the fifth would possibly be Florida. Like I said, I won't take the last two if I don't feel they are needed."

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