Michigan offered one of the hardest-working OLs in the 2026 class in Zaden Krempin

For Prosper (Tex.), four-star offensive tackle Zaden Krempin, hard work and discipline have always been the ingredients in his personal recipe for success, and the 2026 prospect has turned that mindset into 30 Division I scholarships so far. Most recently, Michigan extended an offer to the 6-5, 270-pound blocker earlier in the day, and Krempin was excited to hear from the reigning national champions.

“The best part was (offensive line coach Grant Newsome) didn’t offer right away,” Krempin told Wolverine Digest. “We talked for about 20 minutes and got to know each other first. He asked me about several things outside of football. Then he told me he wanted me to be a Wolverine and proposed to me. I was so excited and excited. It doesn’t get bigger than Michigan. I’m so grateful to receive so many offers from amazing places. I couldn’t wait to tell my parents that the National Championships had just been offered to me. Pump ! »

It’s safe to say that Wednesday was an exciting day in the Krempin household. Although Zaden is located in Texas, he is still kept up to date with the Wolverines’ program, although he now looks to check out the UM program in person when time permits.

“I know they take care of their linemen,” Krempin said. “And that there’s a rich history of placing guys in the league. I watched several matches on television, but that’s it. I can’t wait to go up there and see everything.

“I remember last season when (Zak) Zinter broke his leg,” Krempin added. “I remember how the whole stadium supported him. I don’t know anyone there, but I definitely felt the family side of things watching this and then learning more about the story later. I really want to get to know Coach Newsome better. He really impressed me today and really knew a lot more about me than I did.

Krempin mentioned he would talk with his parents later tonight about possibly visiting Ann Arbor in lieu of his new scholarship offer, adding that he would “for sure” be there for a game next season.

As for his own season, Krempin was a dominant force on the Eagles last year and helped Prosper go 11-2 (including two playoff wins) under a premier head coach. year. Still, Krempin has a hunger to achieve me during his high school career, so he worked hard all offseason.

Except it’s not the same level of hard work you typically hear about from dedicated recruits. Instead, it’s a level of focus and discipline that’s typically out of reach for the average high school student. But if it wasn’t clear until now, Krempin is not your average high school football recruit.

“This offseason I really focused on continuing to gain weight,” Krempin said. “I’m very careful about my diet and what I eat. I eat prepared meals several times a day and eat pretty healthy most of the time. I also spend a lot of time working on the little details, like ankle mobility, core, grip strength, rest and recovery, etc. I realized that details matter especially when you play on the offensive line… Technically, I worked on better hand placement during professional passing and my run blocking.

In addition to staying in shape and refining his technique, Krempin decided to start a lawn business when he was 11 years old. As the founder of ZK Lawncare, Krempin has been patrolling the neighborhood for hours home looking for work for several years, typically logging 10 to 12 hours a week. If that impromptu entrepreneurship isn’t impressive enough, Krempin often wears a 45-pound weighted vest to keep his heart pumping while he cuts the yards. Rather than overdoing it, Krempin sees this activity as an opportunity to improve as a worker and athlete.

“(I’m) paid to train,” Krempin said. “I can’t beat that.”

So, Krempin is a mauling offensive lineman who led his high school to an undefeated run through districts last season. In his spare time, he prepares meals and maintains the surrounding community’s lawns. What else could he do to become a more complete athlete? How about breaking his school’s 42-year-old shot put record by throwing the 12-pound ball for a whopping throw of over 50 feet (officially marked at 50″ 4.25″). In other track and field news, Krempin also recorded a personal best of 153′ discus throw, so he could stand on the goal line and throw a discus beyond the 50-yard line on a field of soccer. Overall, Krempin has many impressive qualities for a future junior offensive lineman, and his on-field mentality is a defining aspect of who he is as a blocker.

“I would describe my game as physical and relentless,” Krempin said. “I’m very proud to be in good shape to be able to survive the defense. I play until the whistle every snap, which frustrates the guys and I like it. I started every game last season as a sophomore and played every offensive snap. I think I was able to have a good season because I was prepared and in good shape.

Currently, Krempin is ranked as the 10th-best interior offensive lineman in the country according to’s composite score, so he is widely considered one of the top blocking talents in the country for the 2026 cycle.

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