After starting the month of March with zero commits in the Vanderbilt recruiting class of 2022, head coach Clark Lea had three recruits pledging their college football future to the Commodores by the end of the month. One of those was defensive end Linus Zunk.
By Steve Wright
The third and final commit that Vandy picked up in March was defensive end Linus Zunk out of Rabun Gap-Nacoochee (Rabun Gap, GA) High School.
Zunk – who has yet to be rated by the major recruiting services – certainly has the measurables to be a dominant defense end at the college level. The 6-foot-6, 235-pounder picked the ‘Dores over offers from the likes of Troy, Dartmouth, and Yale. If that type of overall intelligence transfers to the football field as expected, the Zunk could be an important part of the Commodores defensive front in the years to come.
Zunk is an interesting prospect. One of the reasons he is unrated by the various services is that he only arrived in the United States this August. He has only played football for two years at the point, moving from his native Berlin, Germany, to the US in order to chase his dream of playing collegiately. If Zunk is able to gain the skills and moves to match his physical tools, then Vandy may have a prospect that the other SEC schools will be kicking themselves for missing out on.
In the video below you can see highlights of a junior season where Zunk made 14.5 tackles for a loss and had 5.5 sacks despite having limited organized football experience. A player with a basketball background, Zunk is incredibly athletic for his size and his rangy frame prevents a problem for offensive tackles thanks to his long arms and quick hands. He is incredibly effective at shutting down sweep plays as he is simply hard to get around, while he also has a nose for the ball and an ability to read where a play is going that is astonishing given how little he has played the game.