Broken Arrow coach Steve Spavital has watched Zac Veatch grow up. He saw him develop from a tall yet lanky freshman to a tough, physical imposing senior.
Veatch has put on 60 pounds since his first year at Broken Arrow and is now rated as the top tight end in the state of Oklahoma.
But Veatch's position for the Tigers might not be where he excels on the collegiate level.
“His biggest strength in college is probably being a defensive end type player,” Spavital said. “The problem is he hasn't been developed as one.”
Veatch, who is No. 19 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 list of the top high school recruits in the state, has received offers from Baylor, Houston, Kansas, Oregon State, Iowa State, Tulsa and Wyoming.
Half of the schools want him to play tight end, while the other half want his services as a defensive end or a defensive tackle.
“I love playing offense, catching the ball and scoring touchdowns,” Veatch said. “But I like fast pace and hitting hard on defense too.”
He first saw action at defensive end as a freshman, but didn't play the position again until last season.
Although he only played in third-and-long situations, Veatch's presence was definitely felt. He recorded four sacks last season. He had two sacks in a first-round playoff win over Bartlesville as well.
“It's his toughness and his speed,” Spavital said. “He plays fast and has got relentless pursuit. He wants to make plays, he wants to chase the football. He's going to do things with speed and effort. A lot of that are some pretty non-coachable factors. It's hard to coach a kid's effort.”
In a spread offense at Broken Arrow, Veatch didn't receive many touches, but when he did it was likely for six points. He caught 19 passes for 11 touchdowns.
“His biggest asset for us is his blocking,” Spavital said. “Obviously, people focus in on some other receivers, so we do a great job of giving him touches offensively.”
And if you look through Veatch's videos you see a lot of him putting defenders on their back, something he loves to do on offense.
This week, Veatch's Broken Arrow team will head to Springdale, Ark., for the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 tournament, where the nation's top talent will be participating.
“I'm excited about it,” Veatch said. “It's definitely something new. We've never done it before. But I think we will show off what we got and do our best. And I'll get to see how I match up against everybody else.”
Super 30: No. 19
School: Broken Arrow
Position: Tight end
Offers: Baylor, Houston, Kansas, Oregon State, Tulsa, Wyoming, Iowa State