Junior Profile - J.T. Zink

J.T. Zink is a 6-2, 185-pound quarterback prospect from Tacoma (Wash.) Curtis, and while Zink does a fine job tossing the pigskin around he's just as adept at throwing the pill as well. This two-sport athlete has the potential to make it big. The only question is...where?

"I plan on trying to play both in college," Zink told Dawgman.com last night. "I throw my fastball consistently in the 87 miles per hour range, and have thrown it 92. I've got three pitches I can throw for strikes and have been told I have good stuff. Right now I want to play baseball and football in college so I want to go where that opportunity is present."

He threw for 533 yards last year for the Vikings and ran for 363 more, including 4 scores. "I'm excited for next season," J.T. said. "We've got a sleeper coming in, Anthony Tennyson. He's 6-4 and can run. He didn't play for us last year because he was concentrating on basketball, but we got him to come back out and play football."

Zink feels his game could be just the ticket to get him noticed. "The way I play I think UW would be a good fit," he said. "When I'm on the field I can make all the throws with my arm but if there is tight coverage I can run past linebackers in the second level to create big plays. At UW I think that is what they like, a dual threat guy that can run the option too." Zink reportedly runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds.

In the spring, however, baseball takes precedence. "I was planning on attending the spring game but due to baseball I was unable to make it," he said. "We just finished league play tonight and we took second place. I finished hitting .416." Curtis is heading down to Vancouver to take on Josh Tschirgi and Skyline this weekend in the playoffs.

Zink was pretty fascinated by what he saw when he did take the time to check out a Husky practice during spring break. "We were very impressed by the intensity of the practice," he said. "I was more in tune to the offensive part but the other guys said the defense was really crazy. One of the things that stood out to me most was at the end of practice Coach Neuheisel said 'If we dont beat ourselves this year, we are gonna be in the National Championship game,'. To me it seems like there arent too many programs out there that have legitamate opportunities at that. The University of Washington is one of those programs."

Coaches have been spotted around Curtis in the past few day, undoubtedly checking out Zink, Derrik Shockman, O.J. Washington and some of the other Viking gridiron greats. "I saw Coach (Mike) Levenseller walking around yesterday," J.T. said of the former Curtis grad and current Offensive Coordinator for Washington State. "Our Offensive Coordinator (Steve) is Mike's brother. I think our passing game is based on some of WSU's playbook."

Other schools that have apparently been seen at Curtis are Oregon and Washington. "I think Coach (Randy) Hart has been around, but I'm not sure," J.T. said. Zink will be a very busy guy in the next few months, splitting time between the two games he loves. This summer I plan on playing alot of baseball, we have a lot of games scheduled already plus a couple showcases in Florida for Perfect Game. There's a new league, the Northwest wood bat league, that just started and I'm really looking forward to that. We'll be playing around 30 games against teams from all over the state, like Moses Lake and Omak. I will, however, attend our team camp at WSU."

There is a baseball tournament Zink will be participating in at Washington State the day after the football camp ends, meaning this particular west-sider will be spending nearly two straight weeks in the Palouse.

J.T. has received letters from UW, Arizona State, Stanford, Oregon, Notre Dame, Oregon State, UCLA, The Ivy League, and Colorado, but has not received any firm offers just yet. He's been hearing from schools like South Carolina and Florida Atlantic for football and baseball as well.

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