Last weekend, Murray High School’s (KY) star 6-7, 295-pound offensive tackle prospect Cory Zirbel made his 3rd official visit. It was to the University of Miami and it appeared to have gone really well for both parties.
“It was awesome,” Zirbel said of his visit. He had been to Oklahoma and Virginia Tech prior to the trip. “Miami’s a fun place to be. I enjoyed it. I live in a small town and Miami is a big city. It’s really fast paced. It’s a cool place. It’s right on the ocean and that was nice.”
Zirbel was hosted by offensive tackle Eric Winston, who made a positive impact for Miami.
“I liked him a lot,” Zirbel said of Winston. “He was a great guy. He was probably my favorite host out of all of the hosts I’ve had so far.”
Miami also sold playing time.
“They need offensive tackles bad,” Zirbel said. “If I play the way I know I can, I could see a lot of playing time as a true freshman and maybe get a starting position by my sophomore year.”
What does Zirbel think about Miami’s program and the game on Saturday?
“They’ve got a first class program,” Zirbel said of the Hurricanes. “Virginia Tech played awesome and they are a first class program as well. It would have been nice for Miami to win since I was there, but I also like Virginia Tech a lot too. I guess either way was fine.”
Heading into the Virginia Tech visit last weekend, Michigan had been considered the leader in this recruiting race. Another site had Zirbel quoted as saying that his decision would likely come down to Michigan and Miami. Is this the case?
“Yeah, pretty much,” Zirbel replied when asked if his decision would come down to Michigan and Miami. “For Michigan, I’ve been there a lot so I’ve had more of a chance to fit in and get comfortable there. For Miami, the official visit did a lot for them.”
As for Virginia Tech, Zirbel says “they are still right up there. I’m not going to make a decision for a couple of weeks. I will decide before Christmas, but after next weekend I’m going to talk to my Dad and talk about my decision.”
Zirbel makes his fourth and final official visit this weekend.
“I’m going to Michigan this weekend,” Zirbel said. “After I come back, I’ll compare it to Miami and Virginia Tech and Oklahoma. I’ll see how it goes and see just how I fit in.”
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