Iowa Hosts Minnesota Receiver

At its recent Junior Day, the University of Iowa played host to a large number of prospective student-athletes. One of those players was Rosemount (MN) wide receiver Zach Vraa. Read more about this talented pass catcher that is on Iowa's radar for the Class of 2010

At its recent Junior Day, the University of Iowa played host to a large number of prospective student-athletes. One of those players was Rosemount (MN) wide receiver Zach Vraa.

"The football facility is very impressive," said the 2010 senior wideout. "I liked the training and weight rooms. In the basement, it was cool to see all the memorabilia and pictures of all the star players. The coaches (at Iowa) are very nice."

Vraa played on a team this fall that won 11 games and played in the Metrodome in the semifinals. Getting that far, your team obviously must have talented players. Vraa was certainly one of those for the Irish.

As a first year starter, the 6-2 190 pounder hauled in a team leading 51 passes for an impressive 945 yards. That equates to an equally sumptuous 18.6 yards per reception.

"I am a good route runner," Vraa states. "I can get downfield quickly, for sure. I can break tackles in the open field and am good with the ball. I like the study the game."

Boasting a 3.7 GPA, Zach also likes to study in the classroom. He has been receiving letters from some very impressive colleges, too.

"I have heard from a few D-1 schools," says Zach. "Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, and Wyoming have all been sending letters. One of my old coaches here in Rosemount has been talking to me about Northwestern."

When you make 13 trips to the end zone, you can understand why schools are beginning to talk Vraa. He reports running a 4.6 in the 40 yard dash. His statistics are just part of the whole for Rosemount. Zach expects big things for his team in 2009.

"We had a lot of juniors playing this season (2008)," he states quickly. "Our JV and Varsity work really well together. We are hoping to come into the (2009)season with a lot of experience and success." 

Tell us about your visit to Iowa City.

The football facility is really impressive. I liked how we got to talk to all the coaches and watch a highlight film. The training room and weight room, I liked. We walked through the basement and saw all the pictures and memorabilia from each (big) game and all the star players that went there. The coaches made it a nice and fun experience.

Did Iowa give you any idea of what they will recruit you as?

In my high school career, I have played wide receiver. I have only played bits and pieces at defensive back. Mostly, I am being recruited as a wide receiver.

What is your speed?

Last summer, I was timed at 4.63. I will probably get timed again soon.

Which schools are you hearing from?

Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, and Wyoming. One of my coaches at Rosemount has talked to me about Northwestern and Wyoming. I have not talked to the directly, but my coach told me that those schools have interest in me.

What is your academic standing?

I have a 3.76 GPA.

What kind of player are you on the field?

I tried to run my routes the best that I can. I would say that I am a good route runner. I have good speed getting downfield. The one thing I need to work on is my speed once I get the ball. I am really good at breaking off defenders once I get the ball. Once I am in the open field, I can break past most people.

Which other sports do you participate in?

I also do basketball and track. Basketball is currently going on. Track will be in the spring. Our basketball team is 9-11 right now. We have had a few guys get injured along the way, but have played pretty good as a team.

How is Rosemount going to be this fall?

We had a lot of juniors playing this year on the team. So, this in 2009 we are hoping to come into the year with lots of experience. The JV and Varsity team work well together. We have a lot of confidence in our guys that are going to move up and fill positions of seniors that are graduating. I think we will have a pretty successful year next season. 


2008 (Junior Year)

  • First Team All-Lake Conference
  • Star Tribune All-Metro Second Team
  • KARE, TV-11 All-Metro First Team
  • Honorable Mention All-State
  • 51 receptions for 945 yards, 13 TD

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