Super 30: Broken Arrow tight end Zac Veatch might wind up on defense

By Tariq Lee Staff Writer tlee@opubco.com Published: July 5, 2011
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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.

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Super 30: No. 19

Zac Veatch

School: Broken Arrow

Height: 6-4

Weight: 250

Position: Tight end

Offers: Baylor, Houston, Kansas, Oregon State, Tulsa, Wyoming, Iowa State

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