The WPIAL’s Class of 2017 is LOADED with Division-1 players, including Thomas Jefferson athlete Zane Zandier, who’s just received a pretty big offer.
Yesterday, Zandier (6-3, 205) was offered by the Virginia Cavaliers. The rising prospect previously held offers from West Virginia, Syracuse, Cincinnati and Toledo.
“I was really excited about the offer from Virginia just knowing how prestigious the academics are there. Plus, it’s ACC football on top of it which is extremely exciting”, said Zandier.
Zandier’s first big offer came in March from West Virginia and it’s a program that he’s starting to build a relationship with.
“I visited West Virginia a couple of months ago to see spring practice”, said Zandier. “It was a great visit and I really enjoyed the facilities and staff. I’ve been able to stay in touch often with those guys and I have a pretty good relationship with them.”
Zandier is a highly skilled athlete, coupled with his size, he’s a recruit that coaches could try at many different positions. With the recent exposure he’s getting with landing offers from schools like West Virginia and Virginia, no doubt his arrow is pointing up.
“As recruiting picks up, it forces me to keep working harder and harder in the weight room and with speed training to make sure I’m keeping up with my end. I’m motivated to keep working to make sure I’m earning every bit of attention I’m receiving and preparing myself for my senior season.”
So, what about Pitt? Are they showing interest in this local prospect?
“Obviously, I have a pretty good interest in Pitt being my hometown team. I talk with them weekly and I’m excited to prove myself at their camp on June 5th”, said Zandier.
“I don’t question when they’re going to offer because I’ve built a good relationship with all those guys and I plan on proving myself at camp. I’ll be going as a linebacker which is where they see me fitting in best.”
As you read, Zandier will have a chance to prove himself in 2 weeks and if he’s able to earn an offer, he’s going to be one happy kid.
“I’ve watched Pitt football ever since I was a little kid and a ton of people from this area, including my head coach, played for Pitt so it would be incredibly exciting”, said Zandier. “My family and I have built strong relationships with the Pitt coaches so it would be exciting for everyone.”
One thing is for certain, if Pitt does offer Zandier, I believe they’d have a good shot at landing him.
“With Pitt being my home team, they would definitely be at the top of my list. I’m not sure when I’m making my decision but I’m going to commit as soon as I find the right fit for me.”
We want to wish all the best to Zane Zandier and we’ll continue to follow him this upcoming season.