Zen Michalski had one FBS offer when the month of March started. By the middle of April he had seven power five offers. Michalski became one of the fastest rising offensive line prospects in the region over the last two months and his relationship with Dwayne Ledford apparently sealed the deal for him. Michalski is a three-star offensive tackle prospect who fits the “long and lean” profile that Ledford seems to be targeting at tackle.
Louisville extended their offer shortly after Boston College and Kansas State pulled the trigger. That offer was followed by Indiana, Michigan State, Kansas, Syracuse, and Duke. Cincinnati also hopped on board in March. Zen is listed at 6-6/265 and he has the perfect frame to add good weight.
The first thing that jumps out on Zen’s film is his ability to get out into space quickly. Louisville’s zone blocking scheme requires guys to be athletic enough to block guys well outside of their area. We saw that mentioned a lot with Mekhi Becton before the draft and Ledford is looking for guys who can really move. Michalski and other tackles that they’re targeting can all move very well and they also do a good job of engaging blocks in space. The length and athleticism is what they’re looking for. The weight will come later.
Louisville now has two offensive line recruits in the class. Both should come to Louisville with an opportunity to redshirt and play down the road. Ledford’s efforts to rebuild the line have gone really well with transfers to plug holes while recruits get to gain experience.