LAWRENCE, Mass. – Preston Zinter will announce its decision regarding the college of Central Catholic High School today.
The 2023 athlete has plenty of options, including schools like Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Georgia, LSU, Auburn, USC, and Boston College, among others.
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound player could play in multiple positions at the top tier, including tight end or fullback, but the Irish and others see him as a future linebacker.
Zinter was offered by Notre Dame last summer and made two visits to South Bend in the weeks ahead before a game visit in the fall and a return for Junior Day last month.
Zinter had already established a solid relationship with Marcus Freeman long before Freeman was promoted from defensive coordinator to head coach.
But Zinter’s older brother, Zak, is one of Michigan’s top offensive linemen and the family is clearly comfortable with the Wolverines program. He made several trips to Ann Arbor as well as stops at Penn State and Wisconsin.
The Irish hope to pair Zinter with current linebacker Drayk Bowen. Both were on campus for the recent Junior Day and the staff had the chance to show them exactly how they would be used in the Notre Dame program.
“They broke down Drayk and my film and showed us how we would fit into their scheme and how we would be able to play all of their different linebackers,” he explained. “It was really good and really great to see how I could fit into their defense.”
But the main reason for his last trip to South Bend was to see how he fit in with the players and that box was “definitely” ticked.
“I loved getting to know them,” he said. “They are super cool, great guys. I loved getting to know them more and just hanging out with them.
Was this the last checkbox for Zinter recruitment?
We’ll find out at noon and you can watch live here: