Massive lineman visits Army
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Massive lineman visits Army

They say that football battles are won in the trenches. Army already has several solid commits on both the offensive and defensive lines. However, the Black Knight coaching staff is far from finished. Rich Ellerson and his team of assistants recently hosted a big-time visitor that could help the Black Knights on either side of the line. Look inside to get the details.

Army entertained a number of recruits this weekend. On hand was Wolfgang Zacherl from Needham B. Broughton High School in Raleigh, N.C. It was the 6-foot-5, 285-pound offensive lineman's first trip to West Point. He spoke with ArmySports.com while returning from the weekend sojourn.

"It was a lot different than I expected to summarize it," said Wolfgang Zacherl. "Going to West Point means becoming part of something much larger than yourself and much more than just joining a football team. That interested me quite a bit. All of the coaches were very respectful to me and my family. It's a good staff they have there."

Army is recruiting Zacherl on both sides of the ball. Prior to moving to offensive line this season, Zacherl was an interior lineman on defense for two seasons at Broughton.

"I talked with both the offensive and defensive line coach while I was there," he said. "The offensive line coach was very nice and gave me a good understanding of how they run their offense. He says it's energetic and fast-paced and that's how I like to play. Army told me they love my versatility so they don't what to say right know what side of the ball I'd be on. If I go there, I come in and do what they best see fit."

In the coming weeks, Zacherl will take official visits to Charlotte (January 18th) and William & Mary (January 25th) and they made a final determination of college.

"I plan of deciding sometime this month," stated Zacherl. "I've got a lot to think about. The three schools are so different. It's going to be a matter of me choosing the one where I envision myself being most successful as a student and a football player. It's a decision on my future after college and not just about football. I'm going to think most of the best place to prepare me for life after college."

The Broughton Capitals had a down year in 2012 finishing the season at 2-9. It wasn't how Zacherl hoped his senior year would go, but enjoyed learning his new position on the field.

"This summer I went to a lot of camps for offensive line," he explained. "I thought I did well growing into the position as the season went along. I started out at left tackle then moved to left guard after the starter tore his ACL. I'd like to stay there in college, but with my experience on defense, I think I can be effective there as well."

Zacherl was named first team All-Conference (Cap Eight) and first team All-Triangle in his senior year. He was chosen as defensive lineman of the year in his conference as a junior.