The Latest on Zach Zwinak

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Zach Zwinak ‘s recruiting card

Linganore (Frederick, MD) running back/linebacker Zach Zwinak has earned offers from top programs throughout the country, including Boston College, California, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Pitt, Stanford and Virginia Tech, among many others. The 6-1, 225-pound rising senior may be thinking seriously about at least narrowing his list of schools before the start of the 2009 season.

“It’s crunch time,” said head coach Rick Conner, who guided Linganore to the Class 4A state championship game last season. “Schools have all of their offers out. When scholarships are gone, they’re gone. We’ll see.”

Zwinak’s father, B.J., played football at Virginia Tech. His mother ran track at North Carolina, but, according to Conner, the standout prospect “grew up wanting to be a Hokie. “It was exciting for Zach to get an offer from Virginia Tech.”

Coach Conner later added, “Zach was a bit star-struck by the Virginia Tech offer.”

Zwinak opened up his recruiting process and there are many programs in contention. Recruiting has not been the most important thing Zwinak’s off-season, though, as the standout athlete’s main focus has been preparing for his senior season and helping Linganore achieve a state title.

“Honestly, Zach has just been training his butt off,” Conner said. “He has his own reference point as to what he wants to do. He has only been thinking about September 4th, which is our first game of the season.”

A standout running back on offense, Zwinak, a first-team all-state selection, rushed for 1,442 yards and 20 touchdowns last season. He tallied 50 tackles on defense as well, making his mark at linebacker for the second consecutive season. Where does Coach Conner feel his star may play on the next level?

“I’ve never seen a kid like him before in my life,” said Conner, who served as defensive coordinator at Urbana High School before moving on to be head coach at Linganore. “He could play on either side of the ball. My personal opinion on where he should play would be linebacker. As a sophomore, the first place he started was at linebacker. But he could do either one.”

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