September 25, 2008

Zagzebski tops the 2010 in-state list

With the Badger coaching staff nearing the home stretch in their run to complete Wisconsin's 2009 recruiting, it's never too early to look at the junior's who will soon begin to garner offers for their efforts on the football field.

Headlining the 2010 field-at least in the state of Wisconsin-is Konrad Zagzebski, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound linebacker widely considered the top in-state prospect in his class.

"I don't want to get a big head so I just try and keep myself as humble as possible," said the D.C. Everest standout when asked about the early attention. "I look forward to all the schools talking to me and I'm going to try and pick the one that is the right college for me; a place that's going to be my home for a few years.

"My coaches and my father have really prepared me for everything I'm going through. I started to get some attention my sophomore year, so they sat me down and kind of prepared me."

After gaining local recognition a season ago, Zagzebski continued to build his reputation on the national circuit with a strong showing in Columbus, Ohio at a Nike camp this past spring.

"Last spring I went down to Columbus for the Nike training camp and I thought I did pretty well," he said. "After that I went down to Minnesota for a one-day camp, then to Wisconsin's (camp) and then I made the drive down to Northwestern. The last three were the camps I traveled to this summer."

According to Zagzebski, his efforts this summer have garnered the attention of two BCS conferences in particular who were impressed with his physical nature and versatility on the field.

"It's mostly the Big Ten and Big East schools that are showing the most interest," said Zagzebski, who does not hold any official offers at this point. "But individually, Notre Dame has been showing interest along with Wisconsin and Minnesota. They're up there with Northwestern, Iowa and Iowa State. But it's all been real brief, nothing too serious yet.

"The one thing I can improve on the most is my speed. There are always areas that you can improve in so I'm just trying to get better everyday. The thing that they like about me is that I'm physical and I have the size to kind of go up and down (from linebacker to defensive end). I think I'm versatile that way."

With the success offensive line coach Bob Bostad has had keeping in-state prospects close to home the past three years, one would think Zagzebski would be a quick Badger verbal should an offer come, similar to what happened this year with Shelby Harris, Jordan Kohout and Ryan Groy, all of whom gave their oral pledge within a week of Wisconsin's Junior Day in February.

"Yeah, I've definitely grow up watching Wisconsin play," said Zagzebski, whose primary recruiter is Bostad. "I've always been a Wisconsin fan but I wouldn't be hesitant to go to any other school. Wisconsin would be great because my family and friends could come and see me play, but I'm going to look at all the options."

Zagzebski, along with a host of 2009 prospects, will get a chance to see Wisconsin play under the lights at Camp Randall when they host Ohio State in less than two weeks.

"I'll be going down to the Ohio State game in two weeks or so," he said. "I'm thrilled to go down there. I was down there last year for the Michigan game and now I get another chance for the Ohio State game."

Still very early in the recruiting process, Zagzebski does not have a timetable for his decision.

"I really haven't thought about that," he said. "Once the offers are on the table, who knows where I could end up."

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