Zettel Sets Four Visits, Talks PSU

Powerful Michigan lineman Anthony Zettel's senior season is done, allowing the highly recruited prospect a chance to heal from a foot injury and take his four official visits. Zettel has a trip to Penn State planned very soon and talked to FightOnState.com about it.

Michigan lineman prospect Anthony Zettel will be racking up the frequent flier miles over the next month, with official visits planned each weekend during that time. All told, Zettel will be leaving his West Branch home four times for visits to Iowa, Penn State, Michigan State and then finally Michigan. Zettel spent this past Wednesday night on the phone with a coach from Iowa, finalizing the details of his visit next weekend.

"I've never been out there so I am looking forward to seeing the school and the facilities," Zettel told FightOnState.com. "I know they have crazy fans and a pretty good team too."

The next weekend will bring Zettel to central Pennsylvania for a visit with the Nittany Lions. He was at the program before the year started and had a chance to meet the coaches and check out the facilities in and around Beaver Stadium. Zettel gets a weekly phone call from a Penn State coach, simply checking in on the senior. He also makes a call every week to the program as well.

He says that the recent hoopla around coach Joe Paterno reaching the 400 win milestone "really doesn't impact me."

"I want to see the program and I want to see everything up close and the atmosphere around the place," Zettel said. "I liked my visit there before the season, but I basically just want to see how they do things. I want to get to know the school and get a better understanding of the academics as well."

After that, Zettel will head back home and stay in Michigan for visits to East Lansing and Ann Arbor.

"I know both those places really well, I feel comfortable with what I've seen and know about them," Zettel said.

The powerful lineman is uncertain whether he will take a fifth visit or keep his trips to just his top four.

It was a good senior season for Zettel, who accumulated 107 tackles and seven sacks on the defensive side of the ball. Ogemaw Heights High finished the year at 5-4 and lost in the first round of the playoffs but Zettel is happy with the season. Since the team's first scrimmage, he was hobbled by an injury that slowed him down. In the scrimmage, he suffered a mid-foot sprain with tears in his ligaments and tendons. Surgery is not required, just rest.

"It was really bad the first two or three games, it hurt a lot," Zettel said. "But after that, it got better. It feels a lot better now though. I couldn't rest during the season with practice but now I can. I'll be all better soon."

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