NC OL Still On VT’s Radar

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Broughton (Raleigh, N.C.) offensive lineman/defensive tackle Wolfgang Zacherl was one of the surprise standout performers at Virginia Tech’s one-day camp this July.  The Tech coaches remain interested, as the 6’4″, 265-pound senior recently received a called from primary recruiter Mike O’Cain.

“When I talked to Coach O’Cain, he made sure to tell me that they have got a few scholarships left now and they are definitely looking at me for one of them,” Zacherl said.  “He said I should come up for a game, and I need to make sure I send them game film and highlight film.”

The consummate “sleeper” prospect, Zacherl is being pursued by many schools (including Virginia Tech) as an offensive lineman, where he worked at various college camps this past summer.  He entered the summer, though, with no offensive line experience, having played only on the defensive line his first three years of high school.

Broughton is off to a slow start with a 0-4 record so far this season.  Zacherl wants to see his team turn things around wins-wise, but individually he is pleased with how things are coming along on the offensive line.

“I’m definitely picking it up,” said Zacherl, who is also starting on the defensive line.  “I’m still learning, because in-game situations are different than doing it in practice or in camps.  It’s really fun.  I did well last game.  I had something like 10 pancake blocks.”

Zacherl started off the 2012 season at left tackle.  He moved inside to left guard when his coach put in more plays in which the interior line was called upon to pull, but this past game he moved back to left tackle.  Wherever he lines up, he is getting an opportunity to show off his pass-blocking and run-blocking skills because Broughton runs a balanced offensive attack.

“I think I’m better right now at keep up with the defensive end in pass blocking, but I really like doing pulls in run-blocking,” Zacherl said when asked if he felt more comfortable pass-blocking or run-blocking at this stage.  Position-wise, he says he likes tackle the best but likes guard as well.

On the recruiting front, Liberty University is the only school to extend a scholarship offer at this point.  A number of schools, including Tech, Air Force, Appalachian State, and Duke, are showing serious interest.  Zacherl sent off video to Virginia Tech this week, and