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Patience paid off for Zach Laskey.
The big back from Starr’s Mill High School in Fayetteville landed a scholarship offer from Georgia Tech on Thursday. It was the one he’d been waiting for and he accepted it on the spot. He becomes commitment No. 16 for the Yellow Jackets’ Class of 2011.
“He had his heart set on Tech and they did a great job of recruiting him,” said Starr’s Mill coach Chad Phillips. “They just kept telling him, ‘be patient, be patient,’ and they finally came through for him. In the end they got themselves one heck of a ball player.”
That they did. Laskey (6-2, 210) rushed for 1,5,15 yards and 22 touchdowns and set 11 school records while leading the Panthers to a 14-1 record and runner-up finish in the Class AAAA state playoffs. Laskey also played linebacker and defensive back on defense.
“He’s a great kid, high character, tremendous player,” Phillips said. “He’s a stallion in the weight room, runs track, plays basketball. He’s just a great athlete and a tremendous hard worker.”
Laskey would have had an even bigger season but he got hurt early in the state semifinals against Tucker. As a result he was largely ineffective against Chattahoochee in the the finals the next week. He was held to 19 yards on 10 carries.
At Tech, Laskey would play B-back on offense. But he won’t necessarily play that side of the ball. The Yellow Jackets recruited him as the proverbial “athlete.”
“Coach [Paul] Johnson said he could definitely see me as a B-back but that I also could play defense at outside linebacker or safety,” Laskey said. “I don’t really care. I just want to do whatever helps the team.”
Said Phillips: “He’s just a football player and he’ll do whatever they want. He’ll get up there and they’ll put 20-25 pounds on him.”
Laskey’s only other FBS offers were from Air Force and Navy and he was being recruited hard by Middle Tennessee State and Furman, Georgia Southern and Wofford from the FCS ranks. But ACC and SEC teams were coming around with increasing frequency after Laskey’s monumental senior year.
But Tech is where Laskey and his family hoped he’d end up.
“I started talking to them a while ago when they started recruited my teammate Jeff Greene,” Laskey said. “I really wanted to play with him and it’s just nice that it’s close to home and my parents can come see me play anytime.”
GEORGIA TECH 2011 COMMITMENTS
College Recruiting By Chip Towers