Strong academics and football

Texas has always been a hot bed for service academy recruiting. One player that all three service academies and numerous Ivy League schools are recruiting is fullback Zach Thompson of Coronado high school in El Paso. Look inside to get the full details.

Zach Thompson is a powerful fullback who rushed for 400 yards and four touchdowns last season as a junior. The 6-foot, 210 pounder earned first team All-District and honorable mention All-City honors following the season. Coronado high school, one of the top programs in west Texas, advanced to the second round of the state playoffs before falling to eventual champion Abilene.

Thompson has been busy bringing in the mail for the past few months. He's been getting letters from teams such as Boise State, Texas El Paso, Army, Navy, Air Force, Columbia, Georgetown, Penn, Brown, Harvard, Dartmouth, and some division II and III schools.

Of the service academies Thompson appears to favor Air Force early, "I like Air Force a lot. They run my style of offense." Thompson is also interested in Army. He hears from both the Army and Air Force coaches regularly and says he would love to visit both schools. The brawny fullback says he also hears from Navy but he doesn't get as much from them as Army and Air Force.

Academics are no problem for Thompson. He's ranked in the top 10 percent of his class and scored 1960 on his SAT. Ivy league and other elite academic schools have taken notice. Thompson will be camping and or visiting Harvard, Dartmouth, and Brown from June 26-29. Then from July 8-17 he'll be off to Columbia, Penn, Princeton and Georgetown.

Thompson is also interested in hometown school, UTEP. In fact, this past Saturday he had a pleasant meeting with several Miner coaches, "I met a bunch of the coaches. They were really cool and they seemed to like me."

Thompson says he's looking for a good combination of football and academics. Which school will be the first to step up and extend him an offer? Stay tuned to for more on Zach Thompson.