Last year at this time, Brighton’s
athlete, Alexx Zielinski
, thought that he was going to be a college baseball
player. The tall left-handed pitcher picked up six Division 1 offers right
after his sophomore season. He spent the entire summer playing travel baseball
and he was making a name for himself as one of the best pitching prospects in
As summer ended and football season started up, Zielinski
began playing his second varsity season on the gridiron. He viewed football as a
secondary sport to baseball, and just wanted to have fun playing the game and working
toward a common goal with his teammates.
He started his junior season with more confidence, having a
year of varsity experience under his belt, and a better understanding of his
responsibilities playing his position. Zielinski plays tight end and was
weighing in at 205-pounds.
Zielinski started the regular season off strong, making a
few catches and doing well blocking in their run oriented first offense. Brighton
only completed 38 passes the entire 2013 football season. As the season went on,
Zielinski was getting better each day and his love for football was building.
He became a team leader, one of their top run blockers and ended
the season as the team’s leading receiver with 15 catches for 208 yards and 2
touchdowns. He earned 1st
Team All-Conference and All-County honors.
At this point, his focus shifted from wanting to play baseball in college to
Alexx’s dad, Steve, started researching some of the best high
school tight ends, and came across Matt Sokol, a Michigan State commit from
Rochester Adams. He didn’t know Sokol and had never met him. He saw that he was
a high school quarterback, but his off-season workouts as a tight end helped
him land several scholarship offers and eventually Michigan State.
Sokol did positional training and played on Michigan Elite
Football Club’s travel 7v7 team during his last two off-seasons before his
senior year. Steve Zielinski wanted his son to take a similar path with his
off-season workouts. Alexx tried out for Michigan Elite’s 7v7 team in January
and made the team. He has been training and working out with them for the last
five months. He focused on his route running, technique as a receiver, and
He had a successful off-season competing in several exposure
camps and regional 7v7 tournaments. He has been a standout at each event and
his confidence is growing. He is also developing physically weighing in at 225-pounds.
He realizes now that he can compete and fits right in with the top prospects.
Zielinski will hit the football college camp circuit hard
during the summer. He missed the first couple of weeks of the camp season with
baseball playoffs. He ended up earning All-State honors. Alexx attended Duke
and North Carolina State’s football camps this past weekend. He will also camp
at Toledo, Indiana, Central Michigan, Miami Ohio, Eastern Michigan and Ball State.
Between now and signing day, we expect Alexx to surpass the
number of baseball offers he has received to date with football opportunities.
He is an excellent prospect to whom football coaches will pay close attention
as he makes the rounds this summer.