Spotlight 2013: OL Sam Zeff

MONTCLAIR, N.J. — Class of 2013 offensive lineman Sam Zeff watched from the front row as five senior teammates spoke about signing National Letters of Intent for football scholarships this year. Zeff, who is getting interest from most schools in the area, spoke about his recruitment and goals for the rest of his junior year.

MONTCLAIR, N.J. — With four teammates headed to Division I schools on scholarships this year, Montclair 2013 offensive lineman Sam Zeff has the exposure he needs to earn offers of his own

Facing off daily against Rutgers signee Julian Pinnix-Odrick, Zeff said he is confident he has the tools needed to turn some heads this offseason on the combine circuit. Speaking on National Signing Day, where six teammates announced plans to play college football, Zeff is excited for his opportunity next season.

"It was great to see that our program is strong," Zeff said. "We have a lot of great players and I go up against Division I players like Julian every day in practice. It's a big confidence boost for me and a great experience. I'm happy for these guys."

At 6-foot-5, 265 pounds, Zeff projects as a tackle, but is willing to play anywhere on the offensive line, he said.

"I like tackle, but I'll play wherever," Zeff said. "I'll kick if a school needs a kicker, I just want to be on the field. I move well for someone my size. I don't think I really have a strength or weakness in my game. Everything needs work, but at the same time, I can do pretty much everything."

According to head coach John Fiore, Zeff can expect his recruitment to skyrocket once schools begin to focus on recruiting the Class of 2013.

"Sam's junior tape, to be honest, is better than Julian's was last year," Fiore said. "I expect him to be a 10, 20-offer kid."

Zeff is still looking for his first verbal offer, but thinks the first few may be on the way.

"It's starting to heat up," he said. "A lot of coaches are talking to me and it should be even more now that Signing Day is over. Hopefully an offer comes around soon, because that's my goal.

"Before the Schiano thing happened, I think Rutgers was pretty close to offering. UConn is kind of the same deal. They like what I'm doing. I'm just happy that all these schools are looking at me and considering me."

Zeff said he is most familiar with Rutgers, where he has taken two unofficial visits since the end of the season.

"I really like [head coach Kyle Flood]," Zeff said. "I sat in meetings on film review on my junior day. He's just a really cool guy. He seemed like he cared about you as a person, not just as a player. I think it's great that he's a head coach. I think the whole Rutgers situation turned out well."

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