Pianalto: 'I'm 110% Committed'

Texas commit Zack Pianalto was in Austin for the Longhorn's football banquet this past weekend. The Springdale, Arkansas tight end, who is still being recruited by several schools despite his commitment, talked about his experience, enrolling early and the fact that he's still being contacted by other schools.

The team that's pursued Zack Pianalto the strongest over his senior season at Springdale has been the University of Arkansas. In addition, the four-star tight end and Arkansas native has also received some prodding from the locals about his choice to play for the hated Longhorns. But Pianalto said he hasn't waivered one bit.

"I'm 110% committed," said Pianalto, confidently.

He was in Austin for the football banquet and had a chance to talk with most of the players in the 2007 recruiting class, but spent much of the event talking to Longhorn tight ends like Peter Ullman and Britt Mitchell. Pianalto thoroughly enjoyed the banquet and was glad to be in Austin. However, Pianalto is primarily ready to get back down to Austin to play football. He missed most of his senior season due to injury. He missed the first part with a broken collarbone, suffered during a 7-on-7 competition in the spring. Unfortunately he didn't get to spend long on the field.

"Two games in I injured it again," said Pianalto.

He missed the rest of the season with another broken collarbone. As a junior, Pianalto's Springdale Bulldogs won the Arkansas 5A State championship, but without Pianalto the Dogs were 6-4 and missed the playoffs. Although he's missed out on a lot of contact on the field, the Sprindale senior has spent his time working on one of the most important parts of his game.

"My hands," said Pianalto. "I've spent the most time working on my hands."

Though the injury sidelined him again, according to Pianalo the shoulder has healed back to full strength.

"I'm completely healthy now and ready to go," said Pianalto.

This means he'll be running, catching and hitting the sleds alongside his Longhorn teammates when practice begins this spring for the early enrollee. The 6'4", 215-pound tight end is also graduating from high school early to get a jump on something else as well.

"I know I'm probably going to need to gain weight," said Pianalo. "I'm coming in the spring to get a head start."

Pianalto said he likes the offense the Longhorns employ and hopes to make a big impact for Texas, both in the passing and running games. But what has him most excited? Two words.

"It's Texas."


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