Ziggin and Zagon with Maine Star

Nominated to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Maine's Imadhi Zagon is a track star whose future might be on the football field.

One of the more intriguing prospects in this year's recruiting class is Maine athlete Imadhi Zagon. At 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, the Portland High product has a rare combination of size and speed. At the Badger Sports Regional 7-On-7 event at Rutgers in February, Zagon stood out in coverage as a safety with a linebacker's frame.

The intriguing piece about Zagon is that he has yet to receive a major-college scholarship offer in football.

No matter that he is a standout at Portland High or that he led his team in tackles and topped 1,000 yards as a running back during his junior season. Or that he was nominated as one of 450 athletes being considered for next January's U.S. Army All-American Bowl. In fact, Zagon is getting more interest for track.

As of right now, Zagon holds track offers from TCU, Penn State, Rhode Island, LSU, Navy, Army and Bowdoin. In the 100 meters, Zagon clocks in at 11.2 seconds. In the high jump he has topped 6-3. It's that type of athleticism that makes him an intriguing prospect.

Keep in mind, Zagon has only been playing football since his freshman year. Originally a soccer player, Zagon took to football in high school and has always loved the track. His father is an expert in martial arts, instilling in his son agility and strength. But where is his future, sprinting and jumping or with pads on?

"As of right now I have no real preference as to which I would want to play in college — as of right now," Zagon told FightOnState.com. "But football is really looking up for me and I am starting to like the game more and more each time I play it."

Zagon said he is beginning to field interest from schools and has been invited to camps at Boston College and Rutgers. The New Jersey school remains the only major college campus he has been to when he took in Piscataway at the Badger Sports event last winter. There has been a steady stream of mail and interest in Zagon, including programs like Syracuse, New Hampshire, Princeton and Maine.

Penn State, which is pursuing him for track, is a place that intrigues Zagon on the football field too.

"I would love a football scholarship from them, and as to which one I would want more, as of right now I am leaning toward football," Zagon said.

Zagon said he plans on camping at Boston College this summer.

Kristian R. Dyer can be reached for questions, comments and crude remarks at KristianRDyer@yahoo.com and followed at twitter.com/kdyer1012

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