Junior Zachary Vraa Gets Recruiting Looks

Zachary Vraa, a 6-foot-3 three-sport junior athlete from Rosemount (MN) High, had an outstanding football season and is determined to have a good year on the hardwood. Vraa was named first-team All-Metro by KARE 11 Sports and second-team All-Metro by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and honorable mention Associated Press All-State. GoldenSports.Net recently caught up with Vraa to learn the latest.

Zachary Vraa helped lead Rosemount to an 11-2 mark, sharing the Lake Conference title with Eden Prairie. They lost to eventual state champion Wayzata 34-10 in the Class AAAAA semifinals.

Vraa finished with 51 receptions for 945 yards (18.5 yards per reception) and 13 touchdowns. He caught 62% of the team's receptions on the season.

Rosemount head coach Jeff Erdmann said that Vraa is supposed to bring in his highlight DVD today, so they can send it to out to schools. Erdmann thinks Vraa has a chance to be a college player.

"Some of his catches. He is so smooth. I'm optimistic that he can play Division I. He is getting mail from Iowa and Minnesota."

Vraa has shined for the Rosemount basketball team, scoring in double figures in eight of nine games for the Irish this year and he is averaging 17.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. He has shined in their last three contests, all wins for Rosemount. Vraa made 13 of 19 shots from the field against Minneapolis Southwest as he scored 27 in a consolation win in the Hastings Tournament. He was 11 of 15 from the field and 11 of 12 from the line as he had a career-best 34 points against Columbia Heights in the fifth-place game. Vraa made nine of 13 shots as he finished 23 points against Bloomington Jefferson.

Vraa was pleased with the Irish's success on the gridiron this season.

"We had a good year," he said. "We stepped up from last year. We lost a lot of good player on offense and defense. We worked hard in the offseason. We got our goals done every week. We came together as a team and won most of our games and played well together."

Vraa was pleased with his individual play this year.

"Last year, Chase (Vogler) was a wide receiver and he had a really good year, so I had to step up when he moved to quarterback," Vraa said. "I stepped in for him and during the practices we practiced a lot and ran different routes. The coaches saw that we worked well together, so we had a bunch of different plays that we ran in game that worked out for us.

Vraa said that the Irish lose plenty of experience, but he has high hopes for next season.

"We had a lot of talent of offense," he said. "We had two sophomore linemen, Ryan Link and Joe Malicki, and they are going to come back and play for us on the offensive line. Our quarterback position, we are still trying to figure that out. We'll probably find them during the offseason. We are losing a lot of good guys on the defense, like Garrett Glaus, Jack Pauly and Christian Willman in our secondary, but we have confidence that we have good guys who will step up next year for us."

Vraa said that he is starting to hear from schools in terms of his recruitment.

"I have been talking to Iowa for football. They set me up on a tour to visit them in a few months. That is about it for now," he said.

Vraa plans to attend some upcoming Junior Days.

"Whatever letters I get. I am trying to get noticed as much as I can," he said.

Vraa did not get a chance to attend any football camps last summer, due to his hectic schedule.

"I went to a few basketball camps," he said. "I am going to try to look for a few football camps over the summer this year. I'm not sure of which specific ones yet, but I am going to try to go to a few."

He has high expectations for the Irish, who have rebounded from a 1-5 start.

"We are working well as a team. We ran this offense for quite awhile and we worked together well with it," he said. "If we play some better defense and run our offense strictly, we should be able to win a few more games."

Vraa is also a standout on the Rosemount track and field team that won the Class AA title with 65 points.

Rosemount seniors Obai Hussein and Jordan Carlson, Vraa and junior Austin Elias competed on the 4x400 relay team that finished third in the state tournament.

Vraa is an excellent student and school leader. He was recently a recipient of the ExCEL (Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership) Award. Designed specifically for high school juniors, the award is sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League and is given to students active in fine arts and athletic activities. It is awarded to individuals who show leadership qualities, and who are model citizens in their community.

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