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October 20, 2009

Zeller taking unofficial visits

Cody Zeller is being recruited as a basketball player. But right now, he’s just enjoying watching football games.

The Washington Hatchet junior center and one of the nation’s most prized recruits in the class of 2011, Zeller has been busy making unofficial visits this fall to colleges he’s interested in playing for. And who just happen to be hosting big time college football games at the same time.

Already this season, Zeller has seen Ohio State host Southern California and travel to Bloomington to face the Indiana Hoosiers; Notre Dame entertain Michigan State at Notre Dame Stadium; and Michigan play at Iowa. This Saturday, his unofficial football odyssey will take him to Ann Arbor for the Big Ten Showdown between the Wolverines and Penn State. Last weekend, he traveled to Chapel Hill for a reunion with his brother Tyler and to catch an alumni basketball game as well as the Tar Heels’ gridiron battle with the Citadel.

But make no mistake about it, these visits aren’t just of the kind to make famed college football announcer Keith Jackson envious. The 6-9 1/2 Zeller — who led a 21-3 Big 8 Conference and sectional championship team with 15.0 ppg and 7.1 rpg despite missing five games with a broken bone in his hand last season — has a purpose for visiting all of these schools.

“I’m a big football fan, but all those schools are ones that I’m interested in. It gives me a chance to see a football game and see the campus, check out the fan base and tradition,” Zeller said Tuesday after school.

The seemingly ongoing recruiting process for the Zeller family that began with Luke Zeller in the early part of this decade and continued with Tyler Zeller has now fallen squarely on the shoulders of the youngest member of the Zeller hoops dynasty. Just as they did in past years for the older brothers, college coaches are making what is now a very familiar trek to Washington to catch Cody in open gyms at the Hatchet House. With Zeller not playing a fall sport this year, he’s been in the gym often, and several schools have sent representatives during the fall recruiting period, including a recent early morning visit from University of Florida head coach Billy Donovan.

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