2011 Intro: Zeek Bigger

GASTONIA, N.C. --- Zeek Bigger believes transferring into Ashbrook High School has opened the door for all the recruiting interest he is receiving.

"Playing at Ashbrook really has helped [give me exposure] – especially with Jhay Boyd being there," Bigger said. "It has a tradition of having a strong defense and producing talented players. Once I arrived at Ashbrook, I started to get some recruiting interest."

Bigger's interest includes scholarship offers from Arkansas, East Carolina, Maryland, South Carolina, and Virginia. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound linebacker is also being heavily recruited by Auburn, Clemson, and North Carolina.

After playing his freshman and sophomore seasons at Forestview High School, Bigger moved into Ashbrook's district and thus transferred into the school.

Ironically, Bigger grew up in Ashbrook's district and followed the Green Wave's football program as a child.

"Ashbrook always felt like home," Bigger said. "When I was a little boy, I lived right beside Ashbrook. I remember being eight years old and listening to games, because I could hear them from where I lived."

Once at Ashbrook, Bigger immediately won the starting middle linebacker spot in the Green Wave's 4-3 defense. He ended his junior season with 101 tackles (54 solo), five sacks, and an interception.

"He's long and lanky and he runs well," Ashbrook head football coach Mike Briggs said. "He brought a lot of athleticism and hard work to our defense. And his leadership is a tremendous asset to us."

Bigger is being recruited as both an inside and outside linebacker.

"Linebacker is linebacker, to me," Bigger said. "It really doesn't make a difference to me."

Bigger has played outside linebacker at both Forestview and Ashbrook to compensate for injuries in the linebacker corps.

This Friday, Bigger will visit Clemson. Depending on the length of that visit, he could attend UNC's Junior Day Saturday. Bigger has visited Clemson and UNC previously, and has also made trips to NC State, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt.

Bigger isn't exactly sure about his summer plans. However, he's strongly considering camping at UNC.

Ideally, Bigger wants to announce his collegiate decision on Senior Night. However, he doesn't believe he'll be ready to commit by then and therefore will likely wait until after the football season to announce.

"Right now, it's real tough to name favorite schools – it's real tough," Bigger said. "I have some [offers], but there are still more coming in. When a school comes in late, I'm probably going to want to see it. Really, right now I haven't counted anyone down."

Zeek Bigger Profile

Inside Carolina Top Stories