Offensive line coach Joe Wickline hopped over the border into Ohio and offered offensive lineman Zach Carpenter from Cincinnati. The 6’5” 310-lb is on a lot of programs radar and has received offers from all over the country. Along with the Mountaineers, Carpenter has offers from UCLA, Minnesota, Northwestern, Indiana, Duke, Louisville, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Pitt, Rutgers, Syracuse, Virginia, Vanderbilt and Toledo.
Zach is a versatile lineman. In his freshman and sophomore years, he started at tackle and in his junior season he was in at guard. He has also played center when needed. Due to injuries on the defensive side of the ball, Zach played both ways the second half of last season at defensive tackle.
Carpenter has great technique and footwork. He drives defensive lineman off the ball with ease, has the athleticism to pull down the line to make the block and the all the fundamentals in pass protection. To put it bluntly, the kid is a stud.
Zach get’s great coaching in the off-season, “I’ve been working with my grandpa (Charlie Carpenter) who coached in the CFL for many years and has coached at various colleges and high schools over his career.” said Carpenter.
All his hard work has paid off and is continuing to get recognition.
Ohio Division One Offensive Lineman of the year by the Anthony Munoz Foundation.
First Team Division One All-State.
First Team Division One ALL Ohio by USA Today.
First Team Division One All District.
First Team All GCL South.
Along with all the first team honors, he will be attending the Under Armour All American Camp in Cleveland on February 18th.
Carpenter isn’t too familiar with WVU, but once he got the call from his coach (Doug Rosfeld) that Wickline called him to extend the offer, him and his family started doing some research, “I was pretty pumped to hear that.” said Carpenter, “Academics are a huge priority and I see that WVU has a pre-health program and a PT doctorate program. That’s great for my plans to become a Physical Therapist.”
Wickline has started off on the right foot in building a relationship with the offensive lineman, “I need to get to know the coaching staff, but based on the initial contact with Coach Wickline, he’s made a great first impression.” Said Carpenter.
Zach was offered to come to Junior Day this Saturday, but unfortunately, he cannot make it, “I’m trying to figure out my schedule this spring before confirming a visit date”.