July 18, 2011
Sanchez to Visit Houston
The Houston Cougars continue to look at some of the top talented players in the 2012 recruiting class to round out their class. One position the Cougars have yet to pick up commitments from in the class is cornerback.
With several offers out to cornerbacks in the region, the coaches seem to have really turned their focus on Keller Central defender Zack Sanchez as one of the players at that position they would love to add.
Sanchez and his Central teammates were on hand and took part in the 2011 State 7-on-7 tournament over the weekend in College Station and faced some good competition.
"I don't think we were expecting some of the teams we faced in pool play to be that good," said the 6-foot, 172 pound cornerback. "We came out kind of slow starting out but we picked it up as the day went on."
Sanchez and his blazing speed are always an asset in coverage but it was on the offensive side of the ball where Central used his skill set to their advantage in the pass happy contests. A new roll that he gladly embraced.
"It's fun, it's a blast," said the speedy athlete. "I love this game, I love just playing. I want to do what I can to help my team win. It really is just a blessing to have the talent to play both ways when they need me."
In addition to getting ready with his teammates for the state tournament Sanchez has also been dealing with the recruiting process and recently almost pulled the trigger on a commitment.
"Well, I was almost at the point where I was going to commit early this month," he said. "I sat down and talked with my mom some more and I decided I am going to wait a little longer and see how things play out. It was more of the stress of what schools were coming after me and what schools were not so I think I am just going to let it play out a little more."
Entering the summer Sanchez held only one offer from New Mexico but a series of impressive camp performance caught the eye of several schools and more offers started to come in. Sanchez is the prime example of how getting an opportunity to show your skills at summer camps can pay off for athletes.
"It was good getting to make some of the camps this summer and showing people that I can actually compete with some of the top athletes in the state of Texas," said the Metroplex standout. "I've known within myself that I can go out and beat these guys but it was just a matter of going out and proving it out on the field.
Despite the near verbal commitment to his college of choice earlier in the month, Sanchez says his final three have not changed.
"My final three have not changed," he said "They are Houston, UTEP and Boise State."
He also plans on getting a better look at one of the schools he has in his final three before the end of the month.
"I want to get down to Houston before the month is over and get to see the facilities," he said "I am working now so it has gotten harder with scheduling it around that and my mom too so whenever I get a free weekend I am going to get down there to see everything in person."
Sanchez would like to get the decision over with sooner rather than later, but knows that his time frame is only for when he feels comfortable with his decision.
"If the decision comes and I feel comfortable with it I would like to get it over before the school year starts back up," he said. "If it has to wait a few weeks into the season though that is fine. I am not going to rush it. I want to be sure of my choice."
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