Red Hot Wisconsin Prospect
OG Kevin Zeitler
OG Kevin Zeitler

Posted Jun 1, 2007

Milwaukee (Wis.) Lutheran offensive guard Kevin Zeitler is becoming one of the hottest prospects in the Midwest. The 6-foot-4, 285-pounder, had scholarship offers from Air Force and Army but things really took off after he attended a combine in West Lafayette, Indiana. Zeitler is going to be an extremely busy young man this summer.

Army and Air Force were the first to offer me a scholarship,” Kevin Zeitler told

“I attended the Nike Combine at Purdue in early May and things went crazy after that. After that combine, I went out to my car and I had like 10 text messages. My dad and I drove home and I started to exchange text messages with coach (Mark) Hagen from Purdue and they became my 3rd scholarship offer.

“The funny thing about everything is that I didn’t feel I did very well. I thought (Graham) Pocic was very good and the defensive lineman from Mt. Carmel (Glenn Foster) was also very good but I didn’t think I did anything outstanding.

“After that Nike Combine, Purdue offered and the offers started to come in. Wisconsin offered, Minnesota offered and Northern Illinois offered. They all told me I did well at the combine so if they think so I’ll believe them.”

Zeitler will be an inside guy at the next level. He’s a wide-body with tremendous strength and he has the ability to get out on linebackers to make blocks. Kevin was moved up to the varsity and became a full-time starter as a sophomore.

Last season at Lutheran, Zeitler earned 1st team all-state honors, we asked Kevin what his plans were for the summer and which schools are currently at the top of his wish list.

“I’m going to camp at Iowa this weekend,” Zeitler said. “I also plan on hitting camps at Purdue, Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota.

“My favorites right now are Minnesota, Purdue, Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa and Illinois. I don’t have a leader. I’m going to take my time, visit some schools and see which school is the best fit.”

History tells us that most prospects that come from Wisconsin grow up big fans of the Badgers and usually commit to the state school. Does Wisconsin have the inside track for Zeitler’s services? “I like Wisconsin a lot,” Zeitler said. “I love the football program but having said that, I don’t know much about the school so I want to get up there and see what it’s all about so no, Wisconsin doesn’t have an edge.

“If I go to camps this summer and I find the perfect fit where I feel comfortable, I’ll make a commitment. If I don’t find the perfect fit, I’ll wait until during or after the season to make a decision.”

Zeitler told us that both Michigan and Wisconsin were his dream schools growing up. The Wolverines could make things interesting if they offer Kevin a scholarship while at their summer camp.

Zeitler is also outstanding in the classroom carrying a 3.85 GPA and scoring a 24 on his ACT.

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