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Dual-threat QB Zaire has Tide in top six

3/24/2012

The University of Alabama has an assortment of quarterbacks on its radar for the 2013 recruiting class, and the Crimson Tide may even take two signal callers before it’s all said and done.

Although it has given out a number of scholarship offers already, the UA coaching staff wants to evaluate the different quarterbacks at Alabama’s camp this summer before taking a commitment from any of them.

Ohio dual-threat quarterback Malik Zaire is one of the quarterbacks who recently received an offer from the Crimson Tide and plans to visit Tuscaloosa this summer to compete at the camp.

“They want to see all of the quarterbacks that have been offered before they take a full commitment,” Zaire said. “They want to see them throw in person. I like the competitiveness of it. I want to get out and show that I’m not just a dual-threat quarterback, but I’m a very good passer.”

Zaire picked up his 13th offer on Friday from Miami (Ohio). However, he has six schools that are currently standing out above the rest: Alabama, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Pittsburgh and Wisconsin.

Alabama may stick out among that group because it’s the only school from the South, but Zaire, a native of Kettering, Ohio, likes what he sees from the Crimson Tide program.

“I like the fact that they win a lot of games,” Zaire said. “They’re champions. The defense is really tough, but the offense also prepares you well for the next level. I think that’s what attracts me a lot.”

This weekend, Zaire is visiting Notre Dame, and he has trips scheduled to see Nebraska and Wisconsin in the near future. He would like to visit all six of his top schools before making a decision.

“I want to make a decision when I finish all my visits,” Zaire said. “I’ll probably take all my visits now and over the summer, and I’ll take my official to wherever I end up committing to.”