Notre Dame has made a winter commitment to two-way talent Preston Zinterwho plans to play linebacker for the Fighting Irish.
PRESTON ZINTER PROFILE
Hometown: Lawrence, Mass.
High school: Central Catholic
IB To note: 4.0 (Top 250 caliber rookie)
Upside down To note: 4.5
Offers: Notre Dame, Georgia, Ohio State, LSU, Michigan, USC, Penn State, Auburn, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Louisville, Boston College, West Virginia, Vanderbilt, Syracuse, Arizona
Recruitment by:Marcus Freeman
Rivals: 4 stars – No. 221 overall – No. 13 outside linebacker
ESPN: 4 stars
247Sports: 3 stars – Linebacker n°44
Walk3: 3 stars
Composite: 4 stars – No. 328 overall – No. 29 linebacker
Based on the Junior movie, there are some questions about Zinter’s height and length, but a growth spurt appears to have occurred with him. He showed up at Notre Dame taller and longer than he looked on film, which clearly changed the showing for him.
What Zinter showed on film was impressive athleticism. He plays wide receiver, tight end and outside/edge linebacker for Central Catholic. On offense, there are a number of plays where Zinter is allowed to come loose and really run, and you can see his impressive long speed.
He shows good quickness in the short areas, top-notch balance and the lateral movement skills needed to play linebacker off the ball. His body control as a tight end should translate pretty well to an inside linebacker. We actually don’t see him playing linebacker on the ball much, so there’s a lot of projection with his game, but the talent and the tools are clearly there.
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Playing on the edge puts Zinter in a lot of situations where he has to use his hands, and his block destruction is impressive. He shows the length and hand strength needed to get blockers away from his body and then knock them out when he wants to get to the football. He will need work on the intricacies of playing inside linebacker due to the fact that he is not currently playing at that position.
Notre Dame clearly sees that he has all the physical traits necessary to make this transition, which is why there was a push to add Zinter to the class.
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