American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) three-star center Zack Zambrano holds a Maryland offer and called the Terps his No. 1 suitor following an early-March trek through College Park, Md., and that remains the case two months later. The 6-foot-3, 292-pounder remains in close contact with UMD-area recruiter Chris Beatty and said the Terps’ staff’s standing with him is status quo.
“Right now I’m still talking to Maryland, and Coach Beatty is coming to my school in about a week,” Zambrano said. “I’ve been talking to him a good bit, and it’s still a good relationship. We’ve moving along at a good pace.
“And as of now, they’re still my top school. Things can obviously change, but as of now it’s my top school. They’re coming up, they’re building a strong program, it’s great academics and I feel like I got along with the coaches really well there. Overall, I could see myself being there the next four years, which is most important.”
Zambrano pulled his UMD verbal way back in January, the Terps becoming the very first school to offer. And at his first available opportunity, during a school break, he and his family flew up to College Park.
“My Maryland visit was great and it exceeded expectations,” Zambrano said. “Getting to talk with [Head] Coach [DJ] Durkin was great and getting to meet everyone in person and getting to know them more was a terrific experience. [Offensive line] Coach [Tyler] Bowen seems like a good guy and he’s very passionate about his job. The campus is great, and they’re really trying to build everything up. They’re spending $156 million on the new facilities, and those look amazing. It’s great what they’re planning there. It’s a very attractive option for me.”
That’s all well and good, but the question is how Zambrano stacks up on Maryland’s recruiting board. And evidently Beatty has let the three-star center know exactly that, which Zambrano appreciates.
“Basically Coach Beatty is telling me they’re looking to take four linemen this year, and they’re not sure if it’s going to be three tackles and one interior guy or two tackles and two interior guys. They’re just not sure how their board is going to shake out yet,” Zambrano said. “I know they have one interior guy committed from DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) [Evan Gregory], so we’ll see how things play out from there.”
Since the Terps offered, Zambrano has added several more verbals, although none of the power-five variety. Appalachian State, Marshall, Penn, Columbia, Harvard and Yale came through.
Zambrano has been gaining interest from more FBS programs during the current spring evaluation period, however. He said coaches from Stanford, Vanderbilt, TCU and Georgia Tech staffers have been through American Heritage, in addition to coaches from Yale, Columbia and other Ivies. Zambrano has also been hearing from Duke’s coaches, although the Blue Devils haven’t been at Heritage yet.
Maryland was actually the last trip Zambrano took this spring. He plans to get out this summer, though, to locales such as UPenn, Columbia, Harvard, Duke, Wake, UNC and maybe Georgia Tech.
“And I’m thinking about committing sometime during the summer, but I’m not sure when during the summer,” Zambrano said. “Depending on how the rest of the evaluation period goes, me and my parents have been talking about maybe going to some camps this summer. Then from there I’ll be making my decision before the school year starts.”