"Basically, before my visits to Stanford I felt no other school was going to beat out Arizona State," Zumwalt said. "Then I went to Stanford, and now I really can't think of any school that's going to beat out Stanford."
Zumwalt's decision ultimately came down to the academic opportunities that Stanford has to offer.
"Nothing beats a Stanford degree," Zumwalt said. "My whole goal in life is to make it to the NFL, just like it's every players dream to play in the NFL. I'm going to do everything I can to get there, but if something happens or something goes wrong and I don't make it, I can always fall back on that Stanford degree."
Clearly, the weekend Zumwalt spent in Palo Alto made quite an impression.
"Our plane was delayed, so I got to the hotel roughly at one in the morning on Friday," Zumwalt said. "That morning, we had to eat at the training table, and, oh my God, breakfast was amazing. It was ridiculously good.
"Then after breakfast, we went around the campus and visited with the professors. It definitely seemed like everybody there is an athlete's kind of person. No teachers want you to fail. They want the best for you, and every teacher understands that athletes have some kind of thing that you need to work around."
Aside from the accommodating professors and the culinary delights of the training table, Zumwalt was also taken aback by Memorial Church, which he walked through as he toured the campus.
"The church is pretty ridiculous," Zumwalt said. I'm not really religious, but the church is ridiculous. Like you go inside of it and it's like I want to be religious."
Zumwalt, recruited by linebackers coach Andy Buh, had 111 tackles, four sacks and seven blocked kicks in a standout junior season. He runs a 4.8 electronically timed forty-yard dash (4.6 hand-timed,) benches 315 pounds and has a max squat of 405.
"I'm very versatile and I can play anywhere," Zumwalt said. "And I love to be physical. I love it."
Now that Zumwalt has ended his recruitment, he has shifted focus to accomplishing as much as he can in his senior season.
"I just hope to be an all-around better player," Zumwalt said. "I definitely want our team to go very far and just accomplish anything that has to do with winning a lot."
Zumwalt also plans to adjust his academic course load in order to ensure he gains admission to the university.
"Next year I have to take two AP classes and such, but they pretty much said, ‘You're admitted as long as you make a commitment to come here,'" the prospective business major said. "My GPA is a 3.14 or something like that. I took the SAT but my calculator was broken, so I'm not even going to tell you what [my score] was – it was horrible. I'm going to retake it June 6."
And as Stanford fans will be pleased to find out, Zumwalt seems solid in his commitment to the Cardinal.
"I don't know [about taking more visits,]" Zumwalt said. "We're going to have to see what goes on, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to Stanford."
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