In what has been a bit of a whirlwind, the UA / Scout.Com series has visited close to a dozen states…
Zach Mettenberger: Dome and Dawgs
It's late in the game for many of the state's top prospects and most are simply just too tired. That was the general sentiment that I got from many of the elite when attempting to get them to come to the Dome (GA) for the last combine in the Under Armour / Scout.Com series. QB Zach Mettenberger, a Georgia commit, certainly had his own reservations but he did what he has always done: he found a way. So what did the 4-star signal caller from Oconee (GA) hope to accomplish? "I came here to have a better performance than I did at Auburn. I think I've figured it out and I think I can do better." Mettenberger is a typical QB in that he is his own worst critic, and while he thinks he did poorly at Auburn, things are not as bad as they may seem. He has actually drawn praise from camp OC Tim Glanton as the QB who has improved the most. What Glanton likes the most about Mettenberger is probably the very thing that brought the high-profile talent to the Dome in the first place. There were a few big names not in attendance, but not Mett. "I'm the type of guy who likes to compete. I like a challenge." With the recruiting race essentially over for him, Mett has to sate his appetite for competition somehow, so he stays sharp at combines and camps. He is also anxious to get to Athens and settle in his new role, as well. Is there any way he can satisfy both? "Yes sir…I was actually at a one-day camp last weekend and I did pretty well there. I try to stay in touch with (Offensive Coordinator) Coach Bobo and I'm just ready to get over there." In the meantime there is some unfinished business. "I think we're going to be pretty good this year (at Oconee County High School). We have a new coach and everybody's getting acclimated to him. I think we are going to do some damage." As selfless as you will find, Mettenberger possesses zero pretense and actually carries a quiet confidence. There is one prize, however, that the 6'5 gun slinger has had in his sights for some time and he knew this would be one of the last chances to impress. "I really want to play in the Under Armour All-Star Game…I really do." Based on the upward trend that he has been enjoying, it's not unrealistic to say that Zach Mettenberger has as good a chance as anybody to play in this game. After all…he does seem to find a way. Burke Hayes is the Southeastern Regional Manager for Football Recruiting at Scout.
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