4-Star Zwinak Down to Two

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Zach Zwinak ‘s recruiting card

Virginia Tech is in the final two with Linganore (Frederick, MD) running back/linebacker Zach Zwinak , a 4-star prospect rated the top fullback in the country by Rivals.com and Scout.com. The 6-1, 225-pound rising senior boasted over 20 FBS scholarship offers before whittling his list down to two earlier this month.

“He has got Penn State and Virginia Tech at the top of his list,” Linganore head coach Rick Conner said. “Those are the two schools that have caught his attention the most, but I think North Carolina, Maryland and Pitt were also in his top five of schools he was really interested in. Penn State and Virginia Tech are at the top, though.”

A decision doesn’t seem likely to come this month. Next month, though, seems to be a good possibility.

“I think he’s going to go into September,” Conner said. “I think he could go up to each school on a Saturday, but he already has been to these schools. He has been to Virginia Tech and he has been to Penn State. I think he is still sorting it out.”

Coach Conner discussed the reasons why Penn State and Virginia Tech made the cut for his talented prospect.

“His dad went to Virginia Tech and the family tradition has a great deal of pull, I think,” Conner said. “With Penn State, Coach [Larry] Johnson speaks for himself and they have the I-formation…that is a real attraction for Zach. Coach Johnson has recruited well around here.”

In what was his second season as a starter on the varsity level, Zwinak rushed 133 times for 1,447 yards from the fullback position last season as a junior. He earned first-team all-state honors on offense, but he played well on defense, too, racking up 53 tackles at linebacker. A quiet personality on and off the field, Zwinak truly leads his team by example.

“He has surpassed expectations with what he has done this off-season and this preseason,” Conner said. “He looks outstanding on both sides of the ball. He lives and breathes football. He’s just a football player.”

Linganore fell short of a state title last season, falling in the Class 3A championship game. Much of the team has returned, though, and the Lancers are primed for another state championship run.

“I think we’re where we want to be right now,” said

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