Friday, August 9, 2013

Recruit watch: Zak Dysert, Fort Cherry

Welcome to a new Varsity Letters feature I'll be starting for football camp and the foreseeable future.

Recruit watch will be a random blog feature examining -- you guessed it -- some of the area's top recruits, linking their recruiting videos, talking about what schools have shown interest, etc.

First up is Fort Cherry senior Zak Dysert, a 6-3, 220-pound tight end/linebacker.

TAKE A LOOK: Here's a link to Dysert's offensive highlight film, and here's one to the defensive version -- where he has a sack after fighting through a blocker and a tackle in pursuit at Brentwood, two very nice highlights against my alma mater.

HE'S VERSATILE: Dysert's not just a football guy; he averaged 13.4 points per game for the hoops team and missed medaling in discus at the PIAA Class AA Track and Field Championships by a mere two inches.

NO, NOT THAT GUY: Google Dysert's name, and you'll come across Zac Dysert, who was a quarterback at Miami (OH) and was drafted in the seventh round (No. 234 overall) by the Denver Broncos.

THE SKINNY: I talked to Fort Cherry coach Jim Shiel about Dysert Thursday, and he said Dysert visited Dartmouth and Delaware this summer. He's also been down to Pitt a handful of times.

One interesting note, besides the fact that Dysert has the grades to go pretty much anywhere, is his intended major; Shiel said he wants to study environmental education and maybe one day become a game warden or a parks and recreation officer.

Football-wise, Dysert hauled in 16 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns for a Fort Cherry team that went 3-6 in the WPIAL Class A Black Hills Conference. The Rangers bring back plenty of talent, however, and should fare much better this season, especially in the passing game.

Watch those highlight films and you'll see Dysert's ability to rush the passer; whether he's listed as a linebacker or defensive end, he's going to be coming off the edge, his hand rarely on the ground.

Shiel told me the Ivy League would be a perfect fit for Dysert, but a strong senior season -- especially the beginning of it -- could change all that.

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