I guess I must be caught up in Game of Thrones mania, because I originally typed the title of this post “Zak Winter, Zolverine.” Also, I haven’t watched this current season of GoT, so don’t ruin it for me.
North Andover (MA) Buckingham Browne and Nichols offensive tackle Zak Zinter committed to Michigan on Thursday. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Auburn, Florida, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Penn State, among others.
ESPN: 4-star, 80 grade, #12 OG
Rivals: 4-star, 5.8 grade, #16 OT, #147 overall
247 Sports: 4-star, 90 grade, #28 OT, #332 overall
Hit the jump for more on Zinter’s commitment.
Zinter was offered by Michigan last fall, but I always thought he would end up picking Notre Dame. However, Michigan kept pushing and going hard after him, and the two-horse race turned more and more into a one-horse. Zinter visited Michigan a couple times, including a couple weekends ago, and picked the Wolverines.
Zinter is a large body who looks like he could comfortably dress for an FBS team this fall and not look out of place. As a run blocker, he plays with a nasty attitude, bends well, and finishes blocks; he also does a good job of identifying and working combination blocks. As a pass blocker, he anchors well against bull rushes, and he does a nice job with his hand placement.
On the negative side, Zinter is a little bit limited athletically and does not move well side to side, nor does he have much quickness to pull. He has good technique and identifies his targets well, but more athletic college defenders are going to cause him trouble.
Overall, Zinter is a solid prospect. I think he’s ranked too highly by Rivals, and maybe ESPN and 247 Sports are a little more accurate. ESPN also ranks him as a guard, which I think is more accurate long-term. Zinter could play on the outside because of his length, but his lack of foot quickness will be a liability, particularly in an offense that is less tight end-heavy than it used to be.
Michigan now has seven commits in the 2020 class, including Baltimore (MD) St. Frances offensive tackle Micah Mazzccua. When those two arrive on campus, Michigan will be replacing Jon Runyan, Jr. at one tackle, Ben Bredeson and Michael Onwenu at guard, and perhaps Cesar Ruiz at center, but neither player will be ready to replace them. I would expect both new players to redshirt and wait their turn.
As for the school named Buckingham Browne and Nichols, Michigan has also offered Zinter’s 2022 teammate Tyler Martin, who was 6’2″ and 227 lbs. as a freshman linebacker.
TTB Rating: 76
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