Incoming freshmen football players have always had different ways of spending their last days before entering school. Some get as much family time in as possible, others squeeze in a last minute trip with former classmates, and still others suit up for one final high school football game.
Zettel will report in 10 days.
Anthony Zettel is trying to do all three.
The future Nittany Lion defensive lineman spend the last eight days in seclusion, fishing for walleye and perch with some of his best friends in Canada. The trip kicked off a whirlwind week-and-a-half that will see him end up in Happy Valley in two weeks.
"We go up there every year, about seven or eight hours into Canada and camp and fish the lakes," explained Zettel. "I'm just trying to enjoy it while I can. Next week I have an all-star game on the 25th and then I leave for Penn State on the 27th."
The 6-foot-3, 265-pound Zettel is coming to State College looking to make an impact on the defensive line. He said that he will likely begin his career at defensive end.
"I'm just coming in to work hard. I want to impress people right off the bat and keep building on it," he said. "I want to make an impact in the first year and go from there. It depends on how much weight I can put on and there's a bunch of factors. Coach thinks that I can play this year. It just depends on hard work, you never know. They'll put weight on me and move me to the three-technique down the road."
Zettel just wrapped up a fantastic scholastic career by setting the Michigan state record in the shot put. His toss of 61 feet, 8 inches brought home the state gold.
He set the record despite dealing with a lingering foot injury, which he says is on its way to being healed.
"It's getting better, every day it's getting better," he said. "Hopefully it holds up. I was doing a lot of sprints before I left for Canada and it was feeling pretty good. Hopefully it gets better and I'll be fine."
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