Last week, we wrote about Dallastown linebacker Ben Klline, who has received at least eight Division I scholarship offers.
Well, it seems another York County football player is getting some national notice: Red Lion lineman Andrew Zeller.
Lions coach Pat Conrad said the rising senior -- who clocks in at an impressive 6-foot-5, 280 pounds -- has received written scholarship offers from Maryland, Duke and Rutgers. Conrad said others schools have shown interest, including Illinois, Pittsburgh, Connecticut and Miami. Oregon is planning to visit Zeller in two weeks.
Intrigue in Zeller (No. 77 in the above picture) picked up this offseason. After the Lions' 2009 season ended, Conrad estimated he sent out 55 of Zeller's highlight DVDs to schools. "I told him 'You get the DVDs and the envelopes, and I'll make your highlight and send it out,'" Conrad said.
The big selling point for Zeller is obviously his size -- and at age 16, Zeller figures to keep growing. But the soon-to-be senior has teamed that imposing frame with improved strength and solid athleticism. His highlight tape includes Zeller starting from a standstill, taking one step and dunking a basketball. Zeller also ran a 5.1 40-yard dash at a Nike Combine.
Conrad said schools are split on whether they want to use Zeller on offense or defense. Zeller started on the defensive line last season for Red Lion (piling up 36 tackles and 4 sacks), and rotated in at guard on offense. He figures to start on both lines this year.
"He likes the defensive side, but he's not ruling out playing on the offensive side," Conrad said. "He's open to the whole process.
"He's really developed. Things he needs to work on now are just overall techniques."
Conrad said Zeller plans to visit Duke and Miami this weekend.