McPherson High football coach Tom Young says that Andy Zeitlow “is one of the hardest workers we’ve had here in my tenure.”
Coming from Young, that speaks volumes. And Zeitlow has turned that hard work ethic into a letter of intent with Baker University, the school he signed with on Wednesday.
“He has a tremendous work ethic,” Young said. “He’s undersized for an offensive lineman where we had him, but that’s where the team needed him the most. He was taking on guys 40 or 50 pounds heavier than him almost every game and performing very well, too. He’s a good hitter. I think they’ll want to look at him at linebacker.”
The 5-11 and 210-pound Zeitlow was a starter for a pair of Bullpup playoff teams, with the 2012 season ending with the epic game at Holton and last season wrapping up at Andale. Even though he was undersized, he earned second-team AVCTL honors.
At Baker, Zeitlow will be playing for former Bethany College quarterback Mike Grossner, who has applied the skills he learned from the legendary Ted Kessinger to mold a strong program in Baldwin City. The Wildcats captured the Heart of America Conference title this past fall and were 11-2 overall, losing to Morningside College in the second round of the NAIA national playoffs.
"I really liked their school, just what they have to offer," Zeitlow said. "They have a good football program. He (Grossner) is a really good coach. I like him. The campus is also nice. That's one of the other things that really drew me to the school."
Zeitlow probably will get more of a look at linebacker because of his quickness and lateral movement.
Zeitlow also can compete in track and field, as he is a strong javelin thrower.
He will major in biochemistry.