ESPNU Watch List junior quarterback Malik Zaire (Kettering, Ohio/Archbishop Alter) picked up two more offers this week when Boston College and Indiana became teams Nos. 5 and 6 to extend him a scholarship.
Boston College running backs coach Ben Sirmans was at Alter on Monday, and Zaire received an offer that same day.
“He said I’m a great quarterback and would fit great into their offense,” Zaire said.
Two days later, Zaire called Indiana co-offensive coordinator Kevin Johns, who also extended him an offer to play quarterback for the Hoosiers.
“He talked about how he saw a lot of me in what their quarterback [Tre Roberson] does now and feels like I can be great in that offense and fit what they’re looking for toward the future.”
A few weeks ago, Northwestern offered Zaire though not as a quarterback. Coach Pat Fitzgerald wants to see Zaire throw in person before offering him as a quarterback, though Zaire is positive that will be soon.
“He wants me to get around Northwestern more and check out my throwing and evaluate me more,” Zaire said.
Ohio State and Wisconsin have long led for Zaire, and he recently spoke with an Ohio State assistant on Facebook.
“He messaged me and loved what he saw on film and wants to get me and my family up there and talk to coach [Urban] Meyer and see what they have to offer,” Zaire said. “Coach Meyer wants all the Ohio kids to stay in Ohio.”
With Ohio State transitioning to Meyer’s spread-option attack, Zaire is not only excited about the possibility of playing in it but is excited to watch Braxton Miller operate in it next year.
“It’d be a great honor and I’d be very blessed to play in his system,” he said. “The quarterback makes a lot of decisions and big plays, and he put a lot of points on the board with Tim Tebow and Chris Leak.
“It also will be a good opportunity for Braxton to show off his talents and be even more explosive.”
Zaire has spent the last few weeks working out for the U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio in January.