Black And Gold For MacDowall

Wake Forest secured a commitment from one of Georgia's top quarterbacks this week when Harrison High School gunslinger Zach MacDowall committed to the Demon Deacons.

"I finally now tell you, I'm going to be in the black and gold," Zach MacDowall said early Thursday afternoon. "I told Jeff Mullen. He was very excited. Wake was my #1 and I was their #1 offer and he told me it was rare it happened that way and I feel blessed."

MacDowall, a 6-2, 200-pound quarterback, committed to Wake Forest over offers from Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Ball State, Kent State, Baylor, and Oregon along with a host of others. He visited Wake Forest in February and again for a camp during the summer.

"Wake's always been a top favorite of mine since last February when I took an unofficial," MacDowall said. "I have a lot of respect for the program. When I left Wake after the top prospect camp I knew 100% that's what I wanted to do."

From football crazed Cobb County, Georgia, MacDowall's Harrison High School is a hotbed of football talent with D-I prospects each season. Current Demon Deacon linebacker, fan favorite, and ACC Rookie of the Year Jon Abbate hails from Harrison High School and MacDowall and Abbate are good friends.

"It is good to be with a fellow [high school] teammate and we stayed in contact a lot," MacDowall said of Abbate. "Last night I called and told him I'm excited to play with the best linebacker in the ACC and throw against him with the scout team. He called me back last night and was real excited."

While MacDowall is excited about playing with Abbate, he expects more bruises like he experienced from Abbate as a freshman on the high school scout team. "He probably will [hit me hard,"] MacDowall noted. "Back in my freshman year he left me with some big bruises."

MacDowall, an elite student with a 3.8 GPA, plans to graduate from Harrison in January and will enroll at Wake Forest for the second semester. "I'm graduating early to enroll in January so I'm getting an extra spring to get with Coach Mullen which is great. I'm fully qualified. It feels good to be finished with the process." With the recruiting aspect over for MacDowall, he can now focus on improving his game and his team for a run at the state title. "We have a chance to make a long run this year and I can now focus 100%," he said. "Without a doubt we could [win the state title."]

MacDowall will also work to help Wake bring in a top notch recruiting class as well. "I'm ready to do what I can to make this the best recruiting class ever at Wake Forest," said the Peach State gunslinger. "There's Deunta Williams and a couple other wide receivers."

While MacDowall plans to chalk up an assist to the coaching staff by helping recruit other prospects to the Winston-Salem campus, he will also be visiting Wake Forest throughout the upcoming year. [I don't have visits scheduled] but I'll probably take another visit up there and I'll be at every home game I can," MacDowall said. "And I'm going to take my official visit there too."

If you happen to run into him while he's visiting Winston-Salem, be sure to say hello. You will be meeting a great quarterback -- not to mention a top notch person.

Stay tuned to DeaconSports for more on MacDowall including thoughts from his head football coach at Harrison High School.

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