Griz FB recruit: Dylan Zylstra


I have heard that the Bobby Hauck and his Griz staff are recruiting Dylan Zylstra from Kentridge high school in Kent, Washington. Zylstra is a 6-5 230 pound line backer prospect who is also getting some looks at the defensive end.

Zylstra accumulated 25 tackles and 24 assist last year. Scout.com gave him a two star rating, and rank him as the 151st ranked Linebacker prospect nationally and #17th on the west coast. Brandon Huffman of Scout.com attended the Kentridge vs. Auburn Washington game and had the following to report on Zylstra.

Scout’s Take:

Despite Young’s presence, the defensive player of the game has to go to Zylstra, who’s a high motor guy, always in the right place at the right time, and is a glue guy for Kentridge. He had, by our count, 15 tackles, three for loss and a half a sack. Zylstra played defensive end the previous two seasons, and does an excellent job of getting after the quarterback, but switched to linebacker this year, where he’s shown a great ability to play in space and excel in coverage. He broke up a pass using his long arms and his athleticism (he’s a starter on one of the state’s top basketball teams), allow him to move sideline to sideline pretty fluidly. Zylstra is the type of prospect every college needs, a no-frills, lunch pail carrying linebacker. — Brandon Huffman

Zylstra is also an all conference basketball player, averaging 11 points a game, and he was known as a rugged interior player and defender.

I do not have a complete list of other schools interested but it appears Washington, Washington State, Eastern Washington and Idaho are some of the schools who are interested.


1 Response to “Griz FB recruit: Dylan Zylstra”

  1. 1 Maple Valley Griz
    October 7, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    This kid is a real stud. I think de plays with a chip on his shoulder as if he’s always been overlooked. His football and basketball coaches all say he’s crazy and he’ll do anything for you. Captain on the football and probably on the basketball team. A real motivator and real coachable. He started against our football team as a sophomore (his school has about 2500 kids in it so pretty impressive) and was a game saver for them with a critical 4th qtr. sack and then a 4th down knock down of a pass. That one hurt for awhile.

    He also is a gritty basketball player which I think has kept his weight down. We have some pretty big kids in our league and he doesn’t back down from any of them.

    He’s got a great frame for hanging some pounds without affecting his speed. We scouted Kentridge last week and saw he’s also on the kickoff team. He’s the first one down field which is impressive for his size.

    His coach said he’s getting looks from WSU, UW, Oregon State, Idaho, all three service academies and a number of other schools (MSU asked for film, too). No offers yet. I think he’s one of those kids that if we got him an early offer he wouldn’t forget that when it came time to choose. He’ll have more than one offer by the time it’s said and done.

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