Zac Dysert Considers Options

Having a competent quarterback is imperative in any offense, but Brian Kelly needs someone with exceptional skills to execute his diverse attack. Ada quarterback Zac Dysert received an early scholarship offer from the Bearcats and could be that guy.

Brian Kelly knows he needs exceptional play from his quarterback if his diverse offense is to be successful. One player the Bearcats have apparently targeted for that key position is Ada High School's Zac Dysert.

Bearcat Insider first met Zac and his parents when they attended a Cincinnati spring practice on Friday, April 6th. At that time only the Bearcats and Troy had made scholarship offers, but according to Zac, a lot has changed in the last month. Half the Mid-American Conference has now taken notice and entered this recruiting battle. "I've gotten offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Toledo, Akron, Western Michigan and Central Michigan."

The school that seems geographically out of place on that offer list is Troy since it is located in Alabama so Zac was asked how the Trojans got involved. "We got our offense from there this year. Our coach went down there to learn their offense. They saw me on film and offered me."

Troy uses a spread offense similar to Cincinnati's, and Ada ran it well enough to qualify for the Division VI (smallest schools) state playoffs last season with a 7-3 record. Although Zac believes he's capable of running for yardage, he prefers throwing the football. As a freshman starting quarterback, Dysert threw for over 2,000 yards. The next year he threw for over 2,500 yards, and running the new spread offense last season, Zac threw for over 3,500 yards.

The 6' 3"/190 quarterback with a 4.8 forty time is a true athlete. He played cornerback on defense last season after a knee injury sidelined a starter, and he also starred on the basketball and baseball teams. Zac has started on the varsity basketball team since his freshman year, and the team has done well. "In basketball we went 21-2 last year and 18-4 this season. I averaged about 24 points a game." In baseball, Zac is primarily a catcher but also pitches, but his excellence isn't limited to athletics. Zac also reports a 3.3 GPA.

Like many Ohio kids, Zac's a fan of the Big Ten Conference. "I like the Big Ten a lot. That would be my dream, but I don't know if I'll get the chance. I haven't heard much from anybody in the Big Ten, and I don't know if I ever will."

When asked what he liked about Cincinnati, Zac gave the same answers Bearcats fans have been hearing repeatedly. "I liked it a lot when I went down there. They have a new coaching staff, and I like the system they're putting in. I also like the facilities a lot." When asked about Cincinnati's drawbacks, Zac replied. "Nothing really." Ada, Ohio is located about 2.5 hours from Cincinnati.

This weekend, Zac will get even more exposure when he attends the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp at Penn State. He has no other plans to attend any one day camps this summer but didn't rule out that possibility.

Despite standing a very adequate 6' 3" tall, Zac has a decent chance of growing even more during his college years. His dad is 6' 6" and played some college basketball. "He played at Eastern, but to be honest, I don't know where it is. I think it might be in Pennsylvania."

No college decision is imminent, but Zac doesn't want to drag out this process too long. "I'm in no hurry, but my parents, my coach and I have talked. I was thinking about seeing how May goes and decide by the end of June."

Zac indicated that he wants to go to a school that runs a spread offense, and he'd like to be the only quarterback recruited in his class. He spoke highly of Ball State because they meet both criteria and have indicated that he is their #1 recruiting target at quarterback. He said that Ohio University was at his school just the other day, but he didn't have much interest in the Bobcats because of their run oriented offense.

Bearcat Insider will check back with Zac in a few weeks.

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