Over the past year, we have followed the career of Kettering Alters, Zach Freshwater. Zach has experienced several things that few high school athletes can claim.
When we first looked at Zach, we wrote about his ability on the football field. A top receiver in the GCL, Zach posted high numbers despite playing for a run oriented team. By the end of his football career for the Knights, Zach had recorded 70 receptions for 1,414 yards. That gave Zach a 20.2 per reception average. Zach also scored 12 touchdowns and provided blocking support in the running game. His play earned him 1st Team All GCL in his junior and senior seasons.
Zach didn't stop there; he also provided leadership for the Knights on the hardwood. You might remember, Zach played for a state championship in 2003 against Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary and LeBron James. By having a great senior season, Zach earned the double-double by also being named 1st Team All GCL in basketball.
While Zach has seen his Knight career end, a new one is on the horizon starting this fall. Zach will be part of the first football team at Ohio Dominican University. After looking at several schools, Zach told OPS, "I had several options, but the idea of being a part of a new program and playing in a pass first offense was a big part in my decision. I'm very impressed with Ohio Dominicans schedule and level of competition."
In talking with Coach Oliver of Ohio Dominican, you could sense the excitement he got by adding Zach's name to the list of other top players from Ohio. Coach Oliver told OPS, "We recruited Zach very hard. During the process, we knew several schools had him high on their list. Zach provides us another key piece in an already great recruiting class. He's a big time prospect and a player we value greatly, I can't stress how important the Dayton area has been for our program this past year. We signed several big time players from some of the Miami Valleys top prep programs. When you start talking about Kettering Alter, Wayne and Covington, you know you're getting top kids who have been coached very well and are ready to compete."
The staff at OPS wishes Zach the best during his days at Ohio Dominican, and would like to thank Zach and his father for keeping us in touch with the recruiting process.