Newcomer Profile - Zac Napier

The lone lineman from the class of 2003 to enroll at WVU this fall is the subject of today's newcomer profile.


OL, 6-4, 285 lbs., 5.0

South Jones High School – Ellisville, Miss.

Impressive offensive lineman from Mississippi with outstanding potential … quick feet help him on both the offensive line and also as a star catcher on the baseball team … earned first team allcounty, all-area and all-district accolades at South Jones High … South Jones is also the alma mater of current WVU quarterback Charles Hales.

"His feet are very good, and his quickness is probably his strength," said Jack Thompson, who coached Napier at South Jones last year. "Like most linemen making the move to college, he needs to work on his strength, but he has a real desire to play. He's just a good kid who will work hard."

Named as one of the top 40 prospects in Mississippi … also a baseball standout.

"I've known Coach (Rick) Trickett (the WVU assistant who recruited Napier) for a long time," said Thompson. "He's a good coach and an excellent recruiter. He's upfront with all the kids, and he's honest with them, which is important."

Could play any offensive line position at WVU but figures to start out as a guard … plans to be a physical therapy major … son of Susan and Greg Napier.

What Rich Rodriguez says: "Zac is a big guy who is also an outstanding athlete. He's a very good catcher for his baseball team. We really like his motor. He'll probably play guard for us, though he's big enough to be a tackle as well."

What Herb Hand says: "When you look for offensive linemen, you want to see a guy who plays with a little nastiness. That's Zac. He's a tenacious blocker, has great hat speed coming off the ball and does a great job of getting after it. He comes from Mississippi but fell in love with the place. His parents came up with him, drove up from Mississippi, and got here on a Friday night. They looked around, and we asked them, ‘Where else are you visiting?' His dad said, ‘Nowhere. This is it. We know where we're coming.' Coach Trickett did a great job evaluating him and then recruiting him to get Zac up here."

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