March 3, 2012

ILB Cresse flying under the radar

Talk about WMU recruiting in The Zoo

While Fort Walton Beach, Fla. linebacker prospect Zachary Cresse has impressed coaches with his natural instincts on the field in the last couple of seasons, he continues to go somewhat unnoticed by many in the college ranks.

Western Michigan, however, was quickly intrigued by Cresse. He said that WMU's coaches discovered him last year while evaluating current Minnesota DT Yoshoub Timms, and the Broncos have extended an offer to Cresse early in the process.

WMU recruiting coordinator Lou Esposito evaluated and offered the 6'0", 220 pounder, and both Esposito and Cresse agreed on what is strong in the linebacker's game, and what still needs work before playing in the college ranks.

"[Esposito] said that knowing where the play was going impressed him, and tackling in general," Cresse said. "He said he wanted me to get a little bit faster."

Cresse agreed with this assessment, indicating that while he believes he took a major step forward in his game between his sophomore and junior seasons, his senior season would be spent working on speed and getting to the play more quickly.

While many prospects are impressed by early interest, Cresse indicated that it isn't a major factor for him in choosing where he'll ulimately play college football.

"No, not really," Cresse said when asked if the early recruitment made a difference. "I'm trying to keep all my options open and see which school is the best fit. I'm looking for academics first, and second is football."

Cresse expects to go into either business or engineering.

Though no other schools have extended an offer, South Alabama and Florida International have expressed interest, and Cresse will be visiting both schools over the next couple of weeks.


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