A primary Georgia-based recruiting service has Torey Zanders ranked as the 18th best defensive end in the state’s 2018 class. Given that Georgia has the second highest percentage of high-school football players recruited of all states, being top 20 in any position group is a sign of serious talent. Now Zanders opens up on recruiting and impact from a recent visit to Appalachian State.

Torey Zanders may end up at the bottom of nearly every alphabetical list his name appears on, but when it comes to his performance on the football field for George Walton Academy (Monroe, GA) he quickly rises to the top.

In 2016, Zanders was selected to the All-Walton County, All-Region 8A, and Georgia Elite Junior Classic teams. Heading into his senior season, Zanders is also rated by RecruitGeorgia as the talent-rich state’s 18th top defensive end in the 2018 class.

Zanders also enjoys elevated status as a recruiting prospect, especially with Appalachian State where he made an unofficial visit on April 29th.

”I loved it so much and I like the atmosphere of App State,” Zanders says of his day spent touring facilities and interacting with coaches. “They showed me that they really want to build a great relationship with me. The facility was great and I could tell they are a genuine family over at App State.”

Zanders valued his time with Mountaineer coaches, primarily from the defensive side of the ball.

”I spent most of my time with (Defensive Line) Coach (Mark) Ivey and (Co-Defensive Coordinator & Secondary) Coach (Scot) Sloan and we discussed how I would be a great addition to the defensive line and linebackers,” said Zanders. “And, how they just won the Sun Belt Championship.”

Ivey and Sloan are hesitant to define Zanders by a specific position at this point, given his versatility and athleticism.

”They said they see me playing defensive end, outside linebacker, or also inside linebacker,” Zanders said.

Zanders traveled to App State with his father and shared their thoughts on the visit and his overall recruitment.

”I love that I have a great opportunity to play there, and (Zander’s father) loves that I am going through the process. Next season me and my dad will have a sit-down and talk about it,” Zanders says. “I probably will commit to a college in the middle of the football season.”

In addition to App State, Zanders currently reports offers from Michigan State, Western Kentucky, Troy, and Eastern Kentucky.

When asked if he plans to return to App State for a game day visit this fall, Zanders quickly responds, “Most definitely.”


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