"This morning was our first practice," he said. "We're looking pretty good. We had a little playing around. There's some horseplay, but athletic wise we look better than ever."
Last week, Zettel took his final opportunity before practice started to check out a prospective school in Penn State. The Nittany Lions had offered a couple months back, but this was his first chance to see Happy Valley.
"Me, my dad and my coach and friend went out there. We left Wednesday, got there Wednesday and spent all day Thursday there. It was amazing. I liked a lot. It surprised me how good of a program they got going there and everything."
Zettel has not taken any other recent visits, and says he does not have any real plans for the fall yet, but does have his eyes on a couple Big Ten schools to see.
"Right now, I don't have anything of what's going on," Zettel said of the fall. "I have to talk to my coach and mom and dad more. Penn State, I want to get out there maybe when the play Michigan, but I have to see if we're in playoffs still, because that would mean missing a Friday night game, so that will be a last minute thing. Before I make any decision, I want to get out to Iowa if we can find time throughout the season, maybe a weekend during the season."
Zettel admits that he has been laying low lately when it comes to recruiting.
"I'm kind of just starting to get back to coaches. I haven't been checking my e-mail as much anymore. I'm going to start getting back with everybody."
One of the things that will be discussed is what position Zettel will play come college. Ranked a four-star guard, and always considered more of an offensive line recruit, there is a growing sentiment that he is a defensive player.
"I don't really know, but Penn State, they made a good point about how my body could fill out at defensive tackle and how I could play there because I have a lot of leverage. I don't care where I play, but Penn State's looking at me more at defensive line. Michigan State is recruiting me as a defensive guy too and Iowa. They're all recruiting me for defense an I think D-Line would be fun."
One school that is still keeping the offense door open is Michigan, another one of the schools in the mix for Zettel.
"They're still recruiting me as offense and defense. I've been getting lots of letters from the defensive coach, so they're showing interest on defense too. I don't care where I play, but it's looking more and more like I could be a better defensive player in college."
With so much to decide on still, it is not likely that a decision will come any time soon.
"Yeah, I'll wait until the end of the senior season. Probably December sometime."