Though he grew up a Michigan fan, defensive lineman Anthony Zettel (West Branc, Mich./Ogemaw Heights) will be leaving the state entirely. Zettel announced his decision to attend Penn State Tuesday night at his family’s restaurant in West Branch.
Zettel picked the Nittany Lions in a shocker.
"I feel really good just to get everything off my shoulders," Zettel told Spartan Tailgate Tuesday night. "It was hard calling the other coaches but it feels good now."
Zettel said he thought about his decision a lot while on break from school and is completely certain with his choice.
"Over my vacation I came to reality," Zettel said. "Then every day it just grew and grew, so I was 100-percent sure."
Zettel picked the Nittany Lions over a host of other offers, including Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Cincinnati, UCLA, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin and USC.
Zettel took his official visit to Penn State last month and attended the MSU game in State College.
"Just a great education there, the family atmosphere that they have and great coaching," Zettel said when asked what set PSU apart. "They teach their players to be good guys and good football players."
The 6-foot-4, 260-pound lineman is the No. 3 overall recruit in Michigan and ranked among the top offensive linemen in the country. Zettel played defensive end, linebacker, offensive line and some running back during his senior season.
Zettel took official visits to Michigan State, Michigan, Iowa and Penn State, which were the final four schools he ultimately chose from.
The four-star prospect was recruited by PSU as a defensive end or tackle. Zettel originally intended to wait until January to make a decision, in order to gain an understanding of Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez’s status. But it’s clear now why he decided to make the decision this week.
"I liked Michigan, I just didn't feel like the chemistry was there as much as Penn State," Zettel said. "It's not like I didn't like one thing (about Michigan), I just liked Penn State in every aspect."
Zettel made 113 tackles and had seven sacks in nine games this fall.