Catching up with Rio Rancho's Zach Drapeau

Rio Rancho LB Zach Drapeau is one of the top LB's in the state for the 2008 season. We had a chance to chat with him in a Q & A session, here's what he had to say.

A few seasons ago we introduced you to Rio Rancho LB Zach Drapeau.  Back then he was a player to keep an eye on because of his size and speed plus his non stop motor.  Two years later he is still that linebacker with even better size and he still posses above average speed.  Most importantly he still plays with great passion and a non stop motor.  We had a chance to catch up with Drapeau and ask him a few questions. 

 

What were your stats/honors from last season?

ALL ACADEMIC TEAM ( 3.5 GPA or Better )

ALL DISTRICT 1-5A FIRST TEAM

ALL METRO 3RD TEAM 

OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER ( VOTED BY TEAM)

 

What is your official height and weight?

HEIGHT- 6'2"

WEIGHT- 215 LBS

 

What is your greatest football memory?

I WOULD HAVE TO SAY I HAVE TWO GREAT MEMORIES FROM THIS SEASON. MY FIRST IS MY INTERCEPTION FOR A TOUCHDOWN WHICH WAS 67 YARDS. ALSO THE WIN AGAINST HOBBS IN THE PLAYOFFS, IT WAS RIO RANCHO'S FIRST PLAYOFF WIN, AND WE PLAYED LIKE A TEAM.

 

What are your goals for the upcoming season?

SOME OF MY GOALS FOR THE UPCOMING SEASON ARE:

1) WIN A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

2) BE ALL ACADEMIC

3) GET A FOOTBALL SCHOLARSHIP

 

What are you doing to prepare for this season?  Will you attend any camps this summer?

I'M DOING A LOT OF SPEED TRAINING AND WEIGHT LIFTING

I'M PLANNING ON GOING TO A NIKE COMBINE JUNE 13 IN UTAH AND ANY OTHER CAMPS I GET INVITED TO.

 

What aspect of your game have you really worked hard on to improve?

DEFINATELY MY SPEED, ALSO MY FOOTWORK AND LATERAL MOVEMENT.

 

Who are some of your teammates that people need to watch out for next year?

MATT MEGA- NT

MALCOLM BUTTERS- DE

COHEN MANGIN- QB

AND CARLO LI ROSI- LB

 

Name one teammate that you respect the most and why?

MATT MEGA, BECAUSE HE IS ALWAYS WORKING SO HARD IN THE WEIGHT ROOM AND ON THE FIELD, I RESPECT HOW HE LEADS BY EXAMPLE.

 

What are your goals as far as playing football in college?

MY GOAL IS DEFINATELY TO PLAY DIVISION I FOOTBALL. IT'S BEEN MY GOAL SINCE I STATED PLAYING FOOTBALL WHEN I WAS 8.

 

Who is currently recruiting you? Do you have any early offers to speak of?

I HAVE NO OFFERS YET, BUT I'VE HEARD FROM HARVARD, YALE, DARTMOUTH, PRINCETON, PENN, ARMY, NAVY, AND I'VE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH AIR FORCE AND COLORADO.

 

Would you consider staying in state to play in college?

I WOULD DEFINATELY CONSIDER PLAYING IN STATE TO PLAY COLLEGE BALL.

 

What schools would be your top 5 schools?

1. ARIZONA

2. TEXAS TECH

3. COLORADO

4. BAYLOR

5. SMU

 

Who is the best player you ever played against and why?

LANDRY JONES BECAUSE HE IS HARD TO TAKE DOWN AND GETS RID OF THE BALL QUICK.

 

What other sports do you play?

NONE

What are your bench max lifts in the bench, squat, power clean and 40 time?

BENCH- 305

SQUAT- 350

POWER CLEAN- 240

40- 4.8

 

How do you think your coach would describe you as a player?

A LEADER AND SOME WHO NEVER GIVES UP AND NEVER TAKES A PLAY OFF.

 

What is your strength as a football player?

I HAVE GOOD INSTINCTS, I TRY AND MAKE MY TEAMMATES BETTER, AND I DON'T TAKE ANY PLAYS OFF.

 

What is your weakness as a football player?

I NEED TO WORK ON SHEDDING BLOCKS AND RUNNING THROUGH TACKLES.

 

Who is your favorite athlete and why?

BRIAN URLACHER. HE IS A GREAT ROLE MODLE AND LEADS BY EXAMPLE.

 

What is the best piece of advice you have ever gotten?  Who did you get it from?

PUT THE TEAMS NEEDS AHEAD OF MY OWN.

MIKE WORLEY

 

Who has been the most influential person in your life and why?

DEFINATELY MY PARENTS. THEIR ALWAYS THERE FOR ME NO MATTER WHAT.

 

We would like to wish Drapeau all the best of luck next season, stay tuned with PrepNewMexico.com all season long to get the latest on the recruiting news regarding Zach. 

 

Have a player we should chat with?  Email me: newmexicoinsider@yahoo.com and we can set that up.

 

 

 

 

 


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