Indianapolis offensive lineman picks Hoosiers

Dennis Ziegler, a 6-foot-7, 330-pound offensive lineman, has given Indiana a verbal commitment. Ziegler is a senior at Pike High School in Indianapolis.

Ziegler said a number of major football programs were recruiting him, but Indiana was the first to offer a scholarship. A former basketball player, he appears to be the type of big, mobile lineman that Terry Hoeppner is seeking, but doesn’t have as much football experience as some college prospects.

Ziegler said he decided to play at IU because the program is improving with young players like Kellen Lewis and he thinks he can make a significant contribution. He said offensive line coach Bobby Johnson told him he can play early in his career if he keeps working hard.


  1. I don’t care who you are . . . Paul Bunyan, Big Bad John, whatever, 6’7″ 340 is not healthy. He’ll need to lose weight just to add mobility. And if he’s really, really good then it’s possible he’ll get picked off by a better football school before signing day.

    Full o’ optimism today, ain’t i?

  2. What is your feeling as to the level of the commitment? Is Dennis good enough that he’s likely to get offers from much better football schools? Obviously in football it is not nearly as taboo as it is in basketball to recruit someone else’s verbal.

    btw thanks for the update on the weight. I have a feeling that Hoepp is going to bring that number down even a bit more.

  3. My impression is that Dennis is considered a high-potential recruit because of his size, but that he’s a bit of a project, like current Hoosier James Brewer. When talking about schools like Michigan showing some recruiting interest in him, Dennis mentioned that he’d still stick with IU, even if the other schools offered him a scholarship now, but he also said he’d still like to get an offer from Florida, which was one of the schools showing interest. So I don’t know exactly what that means.

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