Both Virginia and Virginia Tech are in on JP Stevens (Edison, NJ) lineman Jeremy Zuttah. The 6-4, 285 pound Zuttah has ideal size colleges are looking for in a line prospect and the athleticism to match.
Other schools have been quick to notice his size and athletic combination as well. Zuttah has received 13 scholarship offers.
“I have offers from Clemson, Iowa, Maryland, UNC, NC State, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Pittsburgh, Boston College, Rutgers, Syracuse, South Carolina, and Northwestern,” said Zuttah. “I’m still pretty open. I don’t have any favorites.”
The Cavaliers and Hokies are still under consideration for one of New Jersey’s best players.
“Both Virginia and Virginia Tech are recruiting me hard,” said Zuttah. “I am still considering both of those schools.”
Zuttah could play either offense or defense on the next level. Offensive guard may be his personal preference, but he is open to playing defense. He will likely not have to deal with that dilemma, as most schools are recruiting him as an athletic offensive line prospect.
There are a few exceptions however.
“Most schools are recruiting me to play offense,” said Zuttah. “I like the offensive guard position. A few schools, like Maryland for example, said they will play me on either offense or defense. If I play defense, I will play defensive tackle. It doesn’t really matter to me.”
Virginia, Maryland, and Rutgers have received unofficial visits this summer. He wanted to attend camp at Notre Dame and Ohio State, but could not make either trip. He will take more unofficial visits up until the fall, when he plans on narrowing his list to five schools.
Academics will be a major factor in Zuttah’s decision. Of course a solid football program is a must. Conference affiliation is not something that will make a difference, however Zuttah was impressed with the recent ACC expansion.
“I want to narrow my list to five around September, take my official visits, and then decide,” said Zuttah. “I want to take my time.
“Big time academics is the number one thing I’m looking for. I most likely will major in business. There is no particular conference I really like. The ACC is looking good right now, but I don’t really have a preference. The ACC is now a big-time conference and it will have that extra BCS bid.”
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