Demhasaj recovering well

Schools are continuing to inquire about injured Nassau OT Zenel Demhasaj (6-7, 320) and now that he's done with the toughest part of his rehab, he's been cleared to start running again, a mere four months after surgery…

"I just got cleared to start running and stuff so that's definitely a positive," Demhasaj told "I still have to take it easy and I can't do a lot of heavy lifting on my lower body right now, but I can start working up to that and getting back so I can show coaches what I can do.

"A lot of schools have been showing interest in me, but because I can't play right now, they want to see if I will be back healthy and ready to go when I sign with them."

Bowling Green and Cincinnati stepped up with verbal offers over the summer even though Demhasaj was injured and several more schools have entered the picture as well.

"Buffalo likes me and Michigan State has started talking to me a little too," Demhasaj said. "Eastern Michigan is also pretty interested too, but none of them have offered right now.

"I'm trying to figure out a way to get in touch with the Rutgers coaches because I would really like to go there, but right now I'm not talking to them just now."

The talented lineman prepped at nearby New Utrecht High School in Brooklyn, New York and was a non-qualifier according to the NCAA Clearinghouse.

"Nassau was close to home, but that wasn't the main reason I came here," Demhasaj said. "It's a great school and a great program. They do really well getting guys D-1 scholarships so that was a big reason I wanted to come here and also because it's a good school all the way around."

Demhasaj is on pace to graduate in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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