As a fullback, Linganore (Frederick, MD) running back Zack Zwinak had 133 carries for 1,447 yards last season as a junior, establishing his presence not only as a top high school football performer but also as one of the top rising seniors in the state of Maryland. The 6-1, 225-pound prospect picked up an offer from Maryland following his junior season and 10 more Division 1A programs have since followed suit.
“I was hoping to get college attention, possibly D1, but it never really hit me,” said Zwinak, who has been a starter on the varsity level since his sophomore season. “Once I was done with my junior season, colleges started contacting me and it went from there.”
With the exception of the SEC, each of the rest of the major conferences are represented in terms of offers. Virginia Tech, which is where Zwinak’s father, B.J., played college football, has offered. Cal, Kansas State, Maryland, Michigan, Penn State, Rutgers, Stanford and West Virginia are among the programs that have offered as well.
Zwinak, also a starter at linebacker, is being recruited by all programs as a running back with fullback being the primary position. Tech, which is led by primary recruiter Kevin Sherman, is no different.
“Virginia Tech wants me as a fullback,” Zwinak said. “It is hard to explain because they haven’t had before what they think I can come in and do. They want me to block, run…they want me to do everything.”
The Maryland prep star attended Virginia Tech’s prospect day on February 28th and seems to have enjoyed the experience.
“It was great,” said Zwinak, who has also visited Maryland and Rutgers for junior days and visited Penn State for a football game last fall. “I had a good time when I was down there. I went to the Virginia Tech/Duke basketball game. The fans were great. I really liked the coaches a lot. I’ve seen them play football a lot. I watch them pretty much every year.”
The younger Zwinak is not ruling out the possibility of following in his father’s footsteps in terms of college destination, though at this time he claims no favorites. It’ll be a while before a commitment comes, as Zack does not intend to make a college choice until after his senior season.
“It is not really much of an influence,” said Zwinak. “My dad is not putting any pressure on me to go there. He just wants me to find the right school for me.
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