Coach Spotlight: Zach Gordon

Zach Gordon was one of the five players to commit to Wake Forest in the month of July. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound tight end from Carrollton, GA had 18 Division 1 scholarship offers before choosing the Demon Deacons. Carrollton head coach, Rayvan Teague, thinks the Wake Forest staff landed a good one.

"Zach's a tremendous student/athlete," Teague said. "He's got a 3.95 GPA and is a team captain. He loves the weight room where he's added 20-pound of muscle weight since last year. He started four games for us as a freshman. As a sophomore he got the starting job at tight end and has been there ever since."

Carrollton, a city that sits on the Georgia-Alabama border, will head west to begin their season against nearby Oxford High School. Last year the Trojans of Carrollton won the game by a 42-21 score. Gordon was a big part of the win.

"Zach is a tenacious blocker," said Teague. "Last year Oxford put their 6-foot-3, 345-pound nose guard who signed with Tennessee at the 7-technique to try and nullify Zach. On the first three plays of the game, Zach pancaked him on each one. He's strong, very physical and does a good job with using his hands. His speed isn't blazing. He runs a 4.8-40, but he has good size and height. He looks like Ivan Drago from Rocky the way he's put together. I think he'll get even bigger in college."

Teague says colleges were already looking at Gordon as early as his sophomore year. Carrollton also has Jonathan Jones, who recently committed to Auburn, D.J. Johnson with an Air Force offer, and Telvin Brown with a Middle Tennessee offer in this year's senior class. Wherever they were coming from, Teague says coaches left impressed with what they saw from Gordon.

"This spring was crazy with coaches flying in from Oregon, Stanford, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State," Teague said. "There were coaches from 40 or so schools who came through during spring practice. Zach had offers from some really fine academic schools like Stanford and Virginia. To his parents credit, they visited every campus of the school that offered him. Wake Forest was one of his last visits, and he knew it was the place for him. He felt like it was the right fit."

Gordon played baseball at Carrollton his sophomore year. Last year he decided to compete on the track team. Carrollton is known for Track & Field excellence with 28 state titles to their credit. In Gordon's first year of competition he placed second in the state in discus.

"Zach just a great person," Teague said. "He's a big character guy, volunteer-oriented, and a natural leader. He's a dedicated student, a real academian. The strong academics offered at Wake Forest is one of the things that most attracted him to the school."

The Trojans made it all the way to the Georgia AAA championship in 2010 where they lost to Sandy Creek by a touchdown. With Gordon and half of his starters back, Teague feels like he has a good chance of getting back to the Georgia Dome.

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