6-8, 325, Fr-HS
Plain City, Ohio (Alder)
First-team all-state for three years, a rarity in high-school football … One of the top 100 prospects in the seven-state Midwest region by SuperPrep … The No. 38 prospect in Ohio by Rivals.com … Member of the all-district and all-area teams … Four-year starter at right guard for Alder HS in Plain City, Ohio … Also saw action at defensive tackle … Team record improved each of his four seasons, culminating with an 11-2 mark and trip to the regional finals his senior year … Teammates of fellow UK signee Ben Bates … Coached by Barry Blackstone … "Zach has just scratched the surface on how good he's going to get," Blackstone said. "He has tremendous size. He mauled everyone he played. The more he was challenged, the better he played." … Two-year letterman in basketball, playing center … Gave up basketball after his sophomore season to concentrate on football … Member of the Young Life student Christian organization … Chose Kentucky over Northwestern, Akron, and Ball State.