"I am not playing any sports right now," Zaire said. "I took the year off to just work on getting ready for football. I really wanted to work on my technique.
"I don't work with a private coach or anything. I really just do drills that I have learned from camps and a lot of muscle memory drills. I just try and get as many reps as I can."
Zaire is a 6-foot-1 and 190-pound quarterback from Kettering (Ohio) Archbishop Alter and when he sat down to identify what he needed to do to get better he watched film, but of other people. It came down to the little details of the position.
"I really looked at the other elite quarterbacks and broke down what makes them great. I need to separate myself from other players.
"I am really working mostly on details of the position like pocket presence and my footwork. Get those things and it will help your accuracy. I am also doing a lot of arm strengthening exercises."
Zaire has seen two schools already and two are pending. It's a bit of a mad dash through the next two visits as well because Zaire doesn't plan on making this a drawn out situation. He plans on committing in the next month or so.
"I have been to Pitt and Ohio State already. I plan on taking visits to both Notre Dame and Nebraska. I am trying to stay on the time schedule of making a commitment by end of March or in early April.
"It's only February and the process is already getting pretty crazy. I am extremely thankful for this opportunity to go on and play college football, but I don't want it to be a distraction for team and our season."
The next two visits will be coming in roughly the next four weeks. There is a pretty firm date set for Notre Dame around their junior day, but Nebraska's junior day was last weekend. Zaire just says it comes down to arranging that travel.
"I will probably be heading up to Notre Dame for their junior day with is March 24th. Nebraska will probably be an early to mid March visit. I need to set up travel for that one."
There isn't one thing that Zaire is looking for when it comes to his college decision. He says that it's really going to come down to a feeling while he's at the school.
"At the end of the process I am really searching for a feeling. When I am there at these schools and around the coaches it will be about my comfort level. I have to go there to go to school and I need to be comfortable with the people there."
Nebraska is a school that is definitely is on Malik Zaire's list of favorites. He says that one of the big reasons has been the amount of attention that the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Nebraska has shown him and how well they get along.
"Coach Tim Beck from Nebraska and I have built a strong relationship. I really like Nebraska football. I want to go up there and check out Lincoln and see their facilities. I really want to see what Nebraska has to offer."