What a Difference a Year Makes

Jeff Zuttah decided to take an extra year preparing for college and hoping for a scholarship offer. So far, his plan is working to perfection as the offers continue to mount.

Name: Jeff Zuttah
Position: OL, DL
Height: 6'4 1/2"
Weight: 279 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.95
Bench Press: 390 pounds
School: The Hun School, Princeton, NJ

As a senior, Jeff played both offensive tackle and defensive tackle for J.P. Stevens High School in Edison, NJ last year.  He drew interest from a few nearby colleges, but did not receive a scholarship offer.  As a result, he decided to attend The Hun School in Princeton, NJ for one year to improve himself.

"I think taking this extra year will really help me academically, athletically and maturity-wise," Jeff explained.  "Last year, people didn't know about me because I didn't play offense my junior year.  I only played defense that year and that was actually my first full season playing football.  I started to come on a little bit towards the end of the year, but didn't really do anything to stick out.

"My senior year, I played offense and defense.  I came into my senior year weighing about 270, but I lost about 20 pounds because I got sick with a throat infection.  I had some interest from Rutgers, Virginia, Temple and BC, but I guess I didn't have the weight they wanted and was still relatively unknown.

"This past off-season, I put together a much better tape of my senior year and I also gained over 20 pounds and got stronger.  I look more the part I guess."

College coaching staffs are obviously pleased with the results.

"Every team that's come to see me now, has offered.  Michigan State, Boston College, Maryland, West Virginia, Iowa, Virginia, Penn State, Rutgers, Temple, Kansas State and Duke have offered.

"Most schools are looking at me as a guard, but a couple of schools said that with my athletic ability I could play left tackle.  Michigan State and Virginia actually like me on the defensive line.  I don't have a preference."

According to Zuttah, Penn State has given him a verbal offer and are recruiting him to play on the offensive line.

"Coach Ganter told me they were going to offer me.  I'm probably going to go up there Thursday."

Jeff has taken unofficial visits to Rutgers, Virginia and Penn State.

His current favorites are Boston College and Penn State.

Penn State:  "I have a younger brother who's 9 right now. It's close to home, so I would be able to come home and watch him grow up.  Joe Paterno is Joe Paterno and the atmosphere is incredible.  I attended the spring game and just for the spring game there was a bunch of tailgating so it tells you what it's like on a real game day."

Boston College:  "BC really sticks out because of the great academics and because it's O-Line University.  They've had a lot of success putting offensive lineman in the NFL."

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