2020 Season Countdown: #79 Zak Zinter

2020 Season Countdown: #79 Zak Zinter


June 22, 2020
Zak Zinter with other Boston-area Michigan recruits (image via The Wolverine)

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Name: Zak Zinter
Height:
6’6″
Weight:
300 lbs.
High school:
North Andover (MA) Buckingham Browne & Nichols
Position:
Offensive guard
Class:
Freshman
Jersey number:
N/A
Last year:
Zinter was a senior in high school (LINK).
TTB Rating:
76 80

Zinter finished the 2020 recruiting class as a 4-star, the #10 offensive guard, and #264 overall. I’m glad he was finally rated as a guard, because early on in his recruitment, he was pegged as a tackle. Zinter graduated in December and enrolled in January, but obviously his time at Michigan was cut short due to COVID-19.

I may have moved him slightly up in the countdown if he had had a full spring session of football practice, but he will come in as basically a summer enrollee. And while he has had time with the playbook and contact with the coaches since he’s officially a college student, that’s not the same as getting reps on the field. I am as impressed by Zinter’s senior film as anyone’s, but I do have concerns about his ability to stay healthy. It seems that guys who are jumbo-sized entering college (Chris Fox, Chris Bryant, etc.) have a harder time staying healthy than the guys who grow into the position, and Zinter is a pretty big dude. Also, if you look at the picture at the top of this post, Zinter’s lower legs taper outward below the knee, which I have concerns about from a structural standpoint for a guy carrying around 300+ pounds.

So . . . I bumped Zinter up from a 76 to an 80 in the TTB Ratings, but my main concern is whether Zinter can hold up physically. As for this particular season, I think Zinter is strong enough that he could come in and play a few games as a garbage time backup, but he shouldn’t burn his redshirt.

Prediction: Redshirt

Hit the jump for his senior highlights.

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    Roanman
    Jun 22, 2020 at 2:07 PM

    Knees.

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      Roanman
      Jun 22, 2020 at 2:10 PM

      Glasg.

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