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Wisconsin football recruiting: UW offers 2023 ATH from Massachusetts

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Preston Zinter plays tight end and defensive end, but probably projects on the offensive side of the ball.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 05 Kent State at Wisconsin Photo by Dan Sanger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Recruiting is the lifeblood of any major college athletics team, but following it closely as a fan can sometimes be difficult and can often be time consuming. We’ll try and condense all the recruiting news you can use into this bi-weekly (sometimes more) post. It’ll include updates on current commits, including stats from their high school games, as well as news on players the Badgers are still pursuing. Let’s get down to business!

New offer

  • 2023 unranked ATH/TE/DE Preston Zinter (Lawrence, Mass.) out of Central Catholic High School received an offer from Wisconsin during his unofficial visit over the weekend. Zinter has nearly 20 offers currently, including from Arizona, Boston College, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Penn State, Southern Cal and others. Both Rivals and 247 Sports have predictions in for the Wolverines, where Zinter’s older brother Zak is a sophomore offensive lineman.

Standing at 6-foot-3 and weighing in the neighborhood of 215 pounds, Zinter has yet to be ranked by either of the major recruiting services, but that is probably due more to the fact that COVID really restricted in-person evaluation and not because he is untalented.

Zinter is extremely athletic. He gets to the quarterback with ease on defense and he makes difficult catches in traffic on offense. Based on his height, I doubt Wisconsin sees him as a defensive player since they usually prefer longer players at the end position. Zinter is a willing and physical blocker, finds ways to get himself open when his QB is in trouble and can make people miss in the open field too.

The Badgers have a nice tradition at tight end, but it may be hard to get him away from Michigan and his older brother. We’ll see how this recruitment plays out though because an official visit weekend in Madison has swayed people before.