CoachSpeak: Scouting Zach Venesky

Archibald (Pa.) Valley View head coach George Howanitz offers his breakdown on the commitment of three-star offensive lineman Zach Venesky to Rutgers and head coach Kyle Flood.

Archibald (Pa.) Valley View lineman Zach Venesky is already a team captain for his high school, and will bring the same leadership and tenacity to the Big Ten, said coach George Howanitz.

Venesky has a boxing background, so one-on-one battles in the trenches will be welcome against Big Ten linemen.

"He's a tough kid," Howanitz said. "He'll definitely be a physical presence. That's something he's spent a lot of time on with coaching. He'll put out a lot of energy. He's a student of the game, and he'll fit in real quickly in their system."

Venesky is a three-star guard that projects to fill an interior role for the Scarlet Knights. The 6-foot-3, 280-pounder could play guard or center, Howanitz said.

"He has really long arms," he said. "He used to spend a lot of time boxing, so he's not going to back down against anybody. He's shown that his whole career so far. I think he'll bring a nice physicality. I think he could be a really nice interior or lineman for them – probably a guard or center. I think he's smart enough to play either position."

Venesky made sure to explore options before his decision. He visited Purdue last week before making two trips to see Rutgers. The second trip ended with his verbal commitment.

"He got to go down and see the place and really liked it, so I think he made a good decision," Howanitz said. "First of all, they're playing in the Big Ten, so he'll be playing one of the top schedules in the country. For him, I think it's less than two hours away so his parents can go to a lot of the games. It's a great academic institution. He wants to do communications, so that's great with New York being nearby."

Venesky is already a leader at Valley View, and is a high-character player, Howanitz said.

"He's kind of a quiet leader," he said. "He isn't boisterous. He was a captain for us this year as a junior, so I think his leadership skills are very good. He's great in the locker room. He works hard every day, doesn't miss anything. He pushes the kids to do better in practice. I think he's a nice fit for Rutgers. He's definitely a Division I kid with his strength and toughness."

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