Bloomington – It didn't take Nick Zachery long to decide that Indiana was the right place for him.
While many recruits sit on scholarship offers for months on end, the 6-1, 195-pound Sheridan (Ind.) H.S. standout waited a matter of days. Indiana offered the multi-talented athlete a scholarship Tuesday, and he accepted Thursday night.
"I like the staff, I feel they have a good program and they're coming up," Zachery said. "I also like what they offer academically, because I want to major in either communication or business. I talked it over with my parents, and I went ahead and did it."
The Hoosiers are getting as versatile an athlete as one can find at the prep level. Zachery plays quarterback on offense, safety on defense, and handles the placekicking and punting duties for a Sheridan H.S. team that has won back-to-back Class A state titles.
While there are about 49 others on Sheridan's team, Zachery is clearly the No. 1 reason for the team's success. As a junior he rushed for 2,182 yards, passed for another 835 and accounted for 46 touchdowns. On defense he was among the state leaders with seven interceptions, and on special teams he averaged 37.9 yards/punt.
He plays on virtually every snap for Sheridan, and he's been doing that ever since he was a freshman and immediately became the team's starting quarterback.
"I enjoy being out on every play," Zachery said. "I've been doing it for four years."
Zachery won't be on the field on every snap for four seasons in Bloomington, but he does offer some intriguing options for the IU coaching staff. He said he will likely start out as either a safety or wide receiver once he arrives in town in the fall of 2009, but that could be just a starting point.
"They don't know for sure where they want me, so they said they'll try me on both sides of the ball and see which one I'm better at," Zachery said.
Zachery wound up picking the Hoosiers over a scholarship offer from Central Michigan and interest from Purdue. He camped at Purdue, IU, Central Michigan and Western Kentucky, and Purdue expressed some interest in potentially offering him a scholarship. But that offer wasn't going to come until the fall, and Zachery decided there was no reason to wait.
"I wanted to get it done so I could just focus on my senior season," Zachery said.
Zachery has become familiar with the IU program and staff courtesy a handful of trips to town. He participated in one of IU's one-day camps earlier this month, was a visitor in February for Junior Day, and also made a couple of trips last fall for football games. His trips have given him a good feel for the staff as well as the direction the program is headed.
"They're all really good people there," Zachery said. "Even the coaches who are at positions I wouldn't be playing would come up and talk to me and were really sociable. They all seem to care about you a lot."
The Big Ten figures to be a big jump for Zachery, who has spent his last four years at a school that has only 400 kids and on a team that has only 50 on the roster. But his success at Sheridan has Zachery feeling confident that he's ready for the Big Ten.
"It was just this past year when I started to realize I might have a chance to play in the Big Ten," Zachery said. "I started getting a lot of looks by Big Ten schools, and I realized that it might be a possibility."
Indiana officially made it a possibility when it offered a scholarship this week, and now Zachery made it a reality Thursday by accepting.
Zachery Sees No Reason to Wait
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