COSHOCTON – Playing college ball has been a dream of Zach Michael’s since his third grade flag football days.
The Coshocton High School senior moved one step closer to his dream on March 17 when he signed his letter of intent to play football for Marietta College.
“The moment I went to Marietta I fell in love with the place,” Michael said. “I liked the small town feel and the coaching staff.”
Michael, the son of Fred and Monica Michael, was a three year letterman and a key member of the final four team from the fall 2016 football season. During his high school football career he set four school records – career receiving yards (1,150), receiving yards in a game (256), longest touchdown reception (92), and touchdown receptions in a game (three). He also was 2016 Second Team ECOL, 2015 First Team ECOL, 2014 First Team ECOL, 2016 Second Team East District, 2015 Second Team East District and 2014 First Team East District.
“I have to thank my teammates and especially the senior class,” Zach said. “My family and teammates have always pushed me to be the best. It feels great to have signed. All the hard work paid off and I’m ready for the next chapter in my life.”
Both Fred and Monica are very proud of their son.
“It’s been a fun process,” Fred said. “We went through this with his older sister so we had a little bit better handle on visiting colleges. I feel good about his choice and I’m glad he’s signed. There was nothing like Friday night football. He was out there living his dream, but he’s very fortunate to be able to continue on.”
Monica also is happy that he’s close enough that family will be able to get to games.
“I was impressed with Marietta’s campus and the coaching staff,” she said. “He’s going to get a quality education while still getting to experience being a collegiate athlete.”
Coshocton’s head football coach Jim Woodrum also is excited for Zach.
“Marietta is getting a great kid and football player,” Woodrum said. “I’m very happy for him and his family and that he is going to get a good education because that’s the most important thing.”
Zach plans to study history and education at Marietta College.