Ohio State '20 IN OL (RS JR) - Zenuae Michalski

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    ZEN MICHALSKI
    After seeing Michalski in person on Friday night, it's easy to see what Ohio State's staff likes about Michalski, who announced his commitment to the Buckeyes on Saturday night, and what he needs to improve.

    Heading into the game, he said his two biggest strengths were his athleticism and his run blocking. Those were both clear throughout the night, as he racked up multiple pancakes and did a nice job of sealing defensive ends on run plays. His blocking helped lead to three touchdown runs for Floyd Central (Indiana) in a 55-13 drubbing of Jennings County.

    But while Michalski does move well for a 6-foot-6, 280-pounder, his foot speed will have to improve. The learning curve he will have to maneuver around was also evident, as there seemed to be some hesitancy at points throughout the game and in warmups. He was called for encroachment on offense, as he lined up offsides from his left tackle spot, and there was at least one other time where he could have been called for a false start.

    That's to be expected, of course, as he has only been playing football since eighth grade, and this is just his second year playing offensive line. He will obviously need to add more weight, with Studrawa and the Buckeyes wanting him to get to around 315-320 pounds. That doesn't seem to be too bothersome for the senior.

    “I feel like, right now, I don’t feel undersized out there, but in my body I feel like I’m underweight for what I should actually be,” Michalski told Eleven Warriors. “I’m 280 right now, and I still feel really good about it. I think another 35-40 pounds will be really easy, honestly.”

    Michalski is ranked outside the top 600 overall, but I would be shocked if his ranking doesn't jump into the top 500, especially after he was moved into four-star territory and billed as the No. 33 offensive tackle and No. 3 player in Indiana by 247Sports' metrics (as opposed to the No. 48 OT and No. 10 in Indiana rankings in the composite as mentioned above.)

    Despite the misses in the 2021 class, Buckeye fans should still be happy to have Michalski in the class. He will definitely be a player who takes a redshirt, but he could become a contributor by Year 3 or Year 4.
     
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