Dallas star has Navy offer

Navy is in on Dallas Skyline High School star, Zach Abercrubia. Although the Midshipmen coaches will face stiff competition from schools from his home state of Texas, Navy liked what they saw from Abercrumbia in his first year as a starter at the North Texas powerhouse.

"It was about two weeks ago on a Tuesday night from Coach Mick Yokitis," said Zach Abercrumbia to GoMids.com. "I knew they were offering from talking to my recruiting coordinator early that day. Coach Yokitis pretty much talked about my film and the energy and effort I displayed. Not only that, he liked my vision and my use of hands. He asked me if I would be open to considering the Naval Academy and I said that I would be. It's still early in the recruiting process and I'm not counting anybody out.

"Coach Yokitis seemed like a pretty cool person. Every option that presents itself I'm going to take a look at. I still have almost a whole year before I have to make my decision and you never know which colleges may stay or go or separate themselves from the pack. I'm not ready to discard any schools or single any ones out. I'm going to take the offers as they come then sit down and evaluate them them with my family later on.

"When I received the [Navy] offer I talked with my teacher about it and she told me how great their academics area and how proud she was of me. School with great academics will always be an option for me. I think about life after football. It's hard to make it to that next level, but even if I do it won't be forever. I want to be comfortable coming out of college knowing I'll have a degree that will help me be successful in life."

In his first year as a starter at Skyline, the 6-foot-3, 263-pound defensive tackle had 17 tackles for loss and was named first team All-District (Texas 5A Region II District 9).

"I played in nine of 14 games as a sophomore," explained Abercrumbia. "They wanted my technique to improve, for me to become more fundamentally sound, get bigger athletically, and just learn more about the game. It was crazy. In our last game against Allen in my sophomore season, the coach came up to me and said that it was going to be me next year. That's the mindset I carried with me throughout the whole off-season and it paid off."

Abercrumbia was ranked by The Dallas Morning News as one of the top 35 juniors in the Metroplex. He's also ranked one of the top 30 defensive tackles by Scout.com for the 2015 class. Holds offers from Navy, Texas State, Washington State, TCU, Texas Tech, and Oregon State. He has made three trips to TCU, one to Texas Tech, and will be going to Oklahoma State this coming weekend.

"I'm going to see if the school has good academics," said Abercrumbia on narrowing down his college choices. "I'd like to go into either Kinesiology or Business because I want to own my own physical training business one day. If the school has a good program then they'll be high on my list. The second thing would be the coaches and how well I fit into their system. I'd like to see how the coach interacts with his players. Also, which program is going to allow me the best chance for playing time. I know it takes hard-work and dedication anywhere you go, but I don't want to sit out the whole season just because I'm a freshman. I want to play as soon as possible and make an impact.

"The last thing I'll look act is how the athletes are perceived socially on campus. I want to see how the athletes interact in the community with the fans, the students, the peers, and the professors."

Abercrumbia is a cousin of former University of Alabama star, Derrick Pope, and longtime college football position coach, Kenith Pope. He will begin spring practice with the Skyline Raiders on April 25th.

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