VT Targets Top NJ Athlete

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Not since former Boston College star and current Cleveland Browns running back William Green came through Holy Spirit High School (Absecon, N.J.) has head football coach Bill Walsh had a better athlete than Zach Luckett, who is becoming one of the best prospects in the state of New Jersey.

“William was a physical freak,” Walsh said. “He was very, very powerful and explosive. Zach has more athleticism and can do more things with his body as far as cutting that William did not have. I think Zach’s potential and football ability is better than William’s was at this stage of his career.”

The versatility that comes with Luckett’s combination of a 6-3, 205-pound frame with athleticism really make him attractive for the next level.

“As far as a body and a frame, Zach’s got a tremendous frame to work with,” Walsh said. Luckett currently plays tailback and free safety for coach Walsh. “If he only played football, he’d probably be entering his senior year somewhere around 225. He’s got less than four percent body fat now, so between now (he’s only 16 now) and his senior year in college he could be in for a rapid gain in strength and weight.

“He’s being projected at a lot of different places [on the next level]. The reason why I think he’s being recruited so heavily is because he can play multiple positions. He can be a free safety, a strong safety, a running back, a receiver and as his body matures he could play tight end, outside linebacker or defensive end… who knows? Schools like the ability that he could play a lot of different things.”

Next season, expect Luckett to get a majority of the carries on offense…which was something he didn’t get as a junior.

“The funny thing about him is that we were a fullback dominated offense this year and he only got 30 percent of the carries,” Walsh said. “We have changed our offense to a one-back set to highlight him. Thirty percent of the carries last year really didn’t do him a lot of justice. We’re going to do more to highlight his athleticism. His average touchdown run last year was just about 30 yards. He just has the ability to make people miss. He has an extremely long stride so, as he gets moving, he creates space. Naturally, that’s what he has the ability to do.”

On the next level, Luckett sees himself as a wide receiver. Receiver is the position most schools are mentioning to him at this point.

“I’m pretty set on playing wide receiver,” Luckett said. His favorite NFL receiver is Detroit