Colorado State has their second verbal pledge for 2018 on board in LB Zach Schlager

Another Schlager will wear the Green and Gold for Colorado State, as McCook (Neb.) LB Zach Schlager committed to the Rams following CSU's Spring Game.

The Bell brothers of the '70s. Fellow twins Justin and Jason Gallimore, then Damon and Dion Morton. Ben and Dane Stratton, a trio of Kubiaks, and finally, the Gillmore brothers.

Catch the theme, yet?

Colorado State has had a long tradition of sibling tandems who have donned the Green and Gold, sometimes on the same team, sometimes not. But the Rams have no doubt had a successful heritage of producing teams that win with brothers playing alongside each other.

On Saturday night, the Rams added a potential stud to their defense when McCook (Neb.) linebacker Zach Schlager verbally pledged to defensive coordinator Marty English and head coach Mike Bobo. Schlager, of course, is the younger brother of CSU starting safety Jake Schlager.

Schlager won't get the chance to play with oldest brother Jake, who is entering his final season of eligibility this fall. But Zach, a class of 2018 linebacker who has one season of prep ball ahead still, has plans to pick up right where Jake leaves off to continue the Colorado State legacy within the Schlager household.

"Once I got the offer, I just took some time to think. With Jake being there, Colorado State's kind of grown to be a home for me," Schlager told InsideTheRams.com. "I've known Coach English for the last five years, so I just felt really comfortable there, plus they're building all new facilities. They're really building their program up right now."

Zach Schlager picked up a CSU offer during an unofficial visit to campus on April 4. After taking a few weeks to mull the offer over, Schlager concluded CSU had everything he was looking for in the school.

"Me and my dad discussed it, and just said it was time. So I originally called up Coach English (Saturday night) and told him the news. He was pretty excited about it. Then he had me call Coach Bobo and they were both really excited and they are both glad to have me on."

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The 6-foot-1.5, 215-pounder picked CSU over offers from Cornell, Harvard, North Dakota State, South Dakota, and South Dakota State. He was also receiving heavy interest from Kansas State, Nebraska, Syracuse, Texas Tech, and UCF.

Having visited CSU previously for home games and to participate in skills camps, Schlager was already well-accustomed to the CSU program. His visit in early April provided him an opportunity to see the nearly completed new on-campus stadium, as well as further his relationships with the CSU staff.

"To see how far Colorado State has come in the last five years, it's incredible from the rough old days when Jake first got there. Now, I really see a team really coming up, probably, or maybe even transferring to a Power Five (conference) some day," Schlager explained.

Having performed at an elite level at a recent Chicago Nike Opening and setting a new school 110-meter hurdle record (14.5 seconds) this track season, Schlager received increasing recruiting interest from schools all over the country, seemingly on the daily. So why was now the right time to pull the trigger on a commitment?

"I'm going into my senior season and I didn't want to make Colorado State wait too long," he said. "I know they really want me and I want to be able to come in and play early. I just really wanted to focus on my senior season this next year."

Schlager was a Nebraska Super State Team selection on defense by the Lincoln Journal-Star following a season that saw him account for 99 tackles, nine tackles for loss and seven sacks. Also the Bison's field general on offense, Schlager passed for 417 yards and three scores, while bulldozing his way to 940 yards rushing and 14 more scores. His 218-yard, 5-touchdown rushing performance in the Nebraska Class B semifinals last fall capped off an impressive all-state season, one in which McCook was just a few plays short of advancing to the Nebraska state title game.

While Schlager stars on both sides of the ball for McCook, just like older brothers Jake and Joe did for the Bison, Zach is expected to play Will linebacker in Marty English's 3-4 defense.

"What they like about me is I'm a blue collar hard worker, and that I'm here to win. From my film, they just really noticed that I flow to the ball well, I get off blockers and I finish tackles extremely well."

With a 4.3 shuttle, a 34-inch vertical and having run his forty in the consistent 4.6 range, Schlager hopes to be a jack of all trades in the CSU defense. Schlager also claims a time of 11.0 in the 100-meters.

With other colleges sniffing around, flirting with the idea of extending offers, how committed is Schlager to the Rams?

"Right now, I'm definitely 100 percent committed to Colorado State," Schlager stated matter-of-factly. "Colorado State's my number one, and that's all I want to think about right now.

"I'm extremely excited. I don't know, ever since I saw Jake there, I've wanted to be a Ram. I hope I can come in and earn a spot early and play. But right now, I just really want to focus on high school ball and hopefully win a state championship this next year, then come in and make an impact at Colorado State."

With that, the Rams have another set of brothers to wear the iconic green and gold ram horns helmet.


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