Zellars says yes to Tulsa

Hutchinson always produces its share of D-1 talent and this year, the defensive side of the ball is where a lot of those top prospects reside. DT Darrell Zellars (6-3, 290) is one such player and he had offers from several schools, but chose to commit to Tulsa after taking his official visit the second weekend in December...

Zellars prepped at Westside High School in Anderson, South Carolina, but when things didn't pan out as far as a scholarship offer are concerned, he headed west to play his college ball.

"Hutch is a good program and I felt like it was the best place for me," Zellars told JCFootball.com recently.

While playing the nose in the Blue Dragons' scheme, Zellars posted 24 tackles and two sacks while occupying blockers.

"I'm better at stopping the run, but I can do both," Zellars said when asked about rushing the quarterback. "In our scheme, they didn't ask me to do that, so I didn't do it a lot, but I can."

Zellars has impressive physical stats to go along with his prototypical tackle size, posting a 385 pound bench, a 575 pound squat and an unbelievable 4.87 forty time.

Schools from up and down the middle of the country came calling this fall, but recently he decided to end things by committing to a school based on his instincts.

"I had offers from UAB, Toledo, Western Kentucky, Ohio, UCF and Kansas State, but I chose Tulsa because of a gut feeling," Zellars noted. "I mean, the coaches there are great and I just clicked with them when I visited them back a few weeks ago.

"They have great facilities and up until this year they have been known for winning recently, so I chose them because of their scheme and where I would fit in."

Where that is remains to be seen.

"Since they play a 3-4, I could play nose tackle or move out to the end spot," Zellars said. "It doesn't really matter to me. I just want to have a good couple of years and help my team win games."

Zallars has already signed his letter of intent and will arrive at Tulsa before he enrolls for classes on January 11th and he'll have three years to play two once he gets there.

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