OL Stair Putting in the Time

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Ever since football season ended for Zak Stair , he has been hard at work. Following his junior season, he began to realize that football may take him places – and possibly help him earn a college scholarship.

With that in mind, Stair began a rigorous workout schedule he continues to this day and will continue until the beginning of his senior season.

“Following my junior year, I was receiving all of these accolades and everything, and everyone was telling me to concentrate on football,” said the 6-5, 285 pound Stair, who also plays basketball for Osbourn Park high school in Manassas, Virginia. “Since December, I’ve been waking up at 5:00 in the morning to work out with one of our assistant coaches. I’ve been doing this for three days per week, but I will go full-time for five days a week during the summer.”

The accolades he received for his junior year accomplishments were something of a surprise. In fact, heading into the season he did not even consider himself the best player on his own team let alone one of the best in Northern Virginia.

The attention has been a welcome suprise.

“I was surprised by all of the attention,” said Stair. “I didn’t think I was the best on my own team. Once the season ended, I was earning all-region honors over some of my teammates. This spring I was receiving letters and notice while my friends were not, and that was surprising to me.”

Stair’s hard work paid off this spring, when he earned an official scholarship offer from Syracuse. Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Maryland are other schools who have been seriously recruiting Stair. He will attend camps at Maryland, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

“There’s no rest for the weary,” said Stair with a laugh. “I’m going to Maryland, Virginia, and Virginia Tech’s camp. I would also like to see Syracuse this summer and see what that’s all about. I’ve already been down to UVA and Virginia Tech.”

As far as a decision goes, Stair will take his time. There are no favorites at this point in the recruiting process. He wants to take his time to find the right school, whether that is in or out-of-state. The Hokies and the Cavaliers do figure to be prominent figures throughout this recruitment, however.

“One day I think about going in-state and the other I think about heading out,” said Stair. “I’m really just taking this thing day by day. It’s not an easy decision.

“In terms of the in-state