LB Talks About Lobo Commit

The state's top recruit becomes the University of New Mexico's first commit. Onate linebacker Zach Daugherty takes us inside his decision.

This past week, Las Cruces Onate linebacker Zach Daugherty, considered by many to be the top prospect in New Mexico, made the decision to play his college football for the University of New Mexico. This weekend, Zach took some time to break down his decision with PrepNewMexico.


1.Your a Las Cruces guy, so what made you head north and commit to play at the UNM?
My choice was based on a lot of things, but overall UNM was just the best place for me.


2.How did your commit take place?  Who did you talk to?  Where were you at the time?
I attended a one day camp up there and I knew before I got there I was going to commit. Coach Degory was the first coach I told and the news spread fast.


3.What made UNM stand out?

Everything really. It's away from home, but close enough to make it back in a hurry in case of emergencies. The coaching staff is top notch along with the facilities. And the program is on its way to big things.

4.Tell me about Coach Locksley and the direction he is taking the Lobo program?
Coach Locksley seems like a great coach and he is a great guy with big plans for the program. One of the things he said to me that really sold me was "If they can do it at Boise State and at Utah, why not here at New Mexico?"


5.What do you bring to the UNM football program?
I think I bring a hard working attitude and a desire to win at all costs, which will probably fit right in with the rest of the players there.


6.What do you need to improve on to get ready for D1 ball?
Speed. That one thing I've seen and heard is that the speed from high school ball to college ball is a lot faster.


7.Who is your position coach?  What do you think of him as a coach?

 Coach Neinas is the LBs coach and so far he seems like a great coach. I had a chance to work with him one on one at the camp I attended and his coaching style meshes well with the way I learn and play. He knows the game very well and I know I will learn a lot from him.

8.Onate looks to be very good this season, how does committing early help you focus on your upcoming season?

Committing early is a weight lifted off my shoulders because before I committed all I would think about is which school would be best for me. Now that I know the answer to that I can focus on helping my team win a state title.

9.Do the Lobos want you to play inside or outside backer?

 They said depending on how my body develops I could play either one, but my heart is in the middle.

10.Is anyone in Las Cruces giving you a hard time about heading to Albuquerque for college?

 Not yet, but it's still early. I'm expecting the worst ha-ha.

11.Do you know of any other kids that committed to UNM around the same time as you?

 As far as I know I'm the only UNM commit....................and I just want to say thank you for the publicity and recognition of New Mexico kids by your site and others like yours. Its greatly appreciated.


Zach is a great kid and his hardnosed style of football should be a great boost to the new football regime under Coach Locksley at the University of New Mexico.

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