June 22, 2007

With new offer, Zeitler tweaks favorites

When he first began taking football seriously as a freshman at Lutheran High School in Milwaukee, Wis., offensive lineman Kevin Zeitler harbored a secret - he really liked Michigan and its tradition at the line position. Three years later, he arrived in Ann Arbor for U-M's Summer Football Camp determined to realize one of his goals and on Wednesday he did just that …

"Michigan and Wisconsin have been among my favorite teams for a long time, and I already had a Wisconsin offer when I decided to go to Michigan's camp," said Zeitler, who had previously mentioned Purdue as a favorite. "I really wanted one from Michigan because those two schools are my top two and I wanted the option of choosing between them.

"On Wednesday, after two sessions of camp, Coach [Andy] Moeller took me into Coach [Lloyd] Carr's office and he said they had a scholarship waiting for me if I wanted. It was very, very cool. I mean, me and Coach Carr, in his office, telling me if I want to I can go to Michigan on a scholarship … that was pretty awesome."

The 6-foot-4, 279-pounder, ranked the No. 3 player in the state of Wisconsin admits being swept up in the emotion of his visit. He felt much the same way after he left Wisconsin on Monday, which is why he wants to take a few weeks to himself - hopefully with very little conversation from coaches - to make his decision.

"When Coach Carr offered me a scholarship I was doing everything in my power not to jump up and down - there's really nothing like talking to him or Coach [Brett] Bielema," Zeitler said. "I'm so giddy every time I talk to a coach from either place and I don't want to make an emotional decision."

Zeitler is done with football camps. His summer tour actually began May 5, when he attended the West Lafayette Nike Camp. Zeitler had an impressive showing, attracting attention from more than a few Big Ten schools, including Purdue, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.

"I hadn't heard from Michigan before then, but then I started getting text messages, and I started talking to the coaches. Coach Moeller really wanted me to come to camp because he wanted to be able to coach me, see if I could zone-block and pass-block. I must have done well because he's the one who introduced me to Coach Carr. I get excited every time I think about it."

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