Recruiting: Zack English, WR, Prosper High School

Zack English finished a fantastic senior season with the Prosper Eagles (Image: Press photo by Joyce Godwin/Prosper Press)

Prosper wide receiver Zack English would be defined as one of the more underrated players in high school football around the Dallas/Ft Worth metroplex. The only reason he’s not getting a lot more Division-I interest has everything to do with his 5’8″ frame and nothing more. If he stood 6’1″ or more, the interest, and the offers, would be coming out of every direction.

The one thing that will stand out to scouts if they were to watch his film is his speed on the field. While English’s 40 time is listed at 4.51 he looks far faster than that in game time speed.  While his senior season didn’t go the way he, or his teammates, would have hoped he has at least one school interested in English but only as a preferred walk on.

Season stats: 60 catches, 781 receiving yards, 1,190 all-purpose yards, 2 kick return touchdowns, 10 total touchdowns

Height: 5’9″

Weight: 170

Senior season highlights – Hudl

 

There’s very little question who one of the team leaders was in 2014 and it didn’t take long before you realized why wide receiver Zack English was one of the best offensive weapons this Prosper Eagles’ team had this season. His ability to create space after a catch was unparalleled and once he got into the open field, you may as well just watch him run the rest of the way because there was no catching him. Not only that, but he was far stronger than anyone could have realized.

A few plays this season, he carried guys, literally, five or six inches bigger than he was more than five yards down field. A guy his size should be easy to bring down, but English was anything but easy for defenders to deal with.

Scouting report: Extremely quick and a great route runner with soft hands and has a great vertical jump to go get a ball over his head. He’s extremely difficult to bring down and tremendous speed in the open field. His footwork is impressive especially to elude defenders, he’s physically strong, and great open field vision on kick returns. Zack also has the ability to play both on the defensive side of the ball both as a safety and cornerback with great instincts on where the ball is going and can make quick adjustments.

Zack English is the kind of player that a coach would love to have on his team because he’s the type to play anywhere you want him to play and assume a role on the team that makes the biggest difference. There are a lot more coaches that need to take a look at this senior wide receiver, watch his film, and see the kind of player they’d get if they were to give him a chance. There’s one division one school waiting for an answer on their offer of a preferred walk on spot, but don’t be surprised if you start seeing small schools get interested late in the process. Places like Abilene Christian and University of Texas at Arlington might end up getting in the race before signing day comes around this coming February.

About Todd Kaufmann

Growing up in San Diego, CA, Todd made the move to Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas in the spring of 2008. Since then, he has covered events such as the Byron Nelson Classic, the Colonial Tournament, the AT&T Cotton Bowl, numerous home games for the Texas Rangers as well as high school football around the metroplex. He and his wife Kerri make their home in Little Elm, Texas with their daughter, Hannah, and yellow lab, Ranger. Contact: Website | Facebook | Twitter | More Posts

6 Comments on Recruiting: Zack English, WR, Prosper High School

  1. Mr. Kaufmann,
    Thank you for your amazing article on our grandson Zack. Your comments are right on about his abilities, and speed. Zack has shown all of us that he plays larger than his 5’9″ frame. I think the team that gets him will benefit not only from his play on the field, but also from his leadership off the field. Zack truly has a love and talent for the game.

    I am thankful for the opportunity to meet you. I wish you and your family the very best, I know you, and your wife are looking forward to the new baby.
    Sincerely
    Sharon Taylor

  2. Todd, thanks for the great article about Zack. I had the privilege of coaching Zack on one of my basketball teams for a number of seasons and can tell you that he is one of the most versatile athletes that I have ever coached. He is one of the rare kids that could have success on both the football field and basketball court had he chosen to play both sports. I think that as more coaches see what he is capable of doing that there is no doubt what a great asset he could be for their program. This young man is well worth a look and is a fabulous kid!

    Craig Andres
    Velocity Basketball Academy
    Stack/Velocity Sports Performance

    • Craig, this was my first year calling games for Prosper and I was given Zack’s name by my broadcast parner Bryan Sutcliffe. From the moment I started watching film of him, watching him on the field, then spending time watching film all season long, the more I knew this kid had something football programs needed.

      I know he’s undersized, but so was Drew Brees and we’ve seen the kind of player he’s become. Though not comparing the two, Zack has the kind of speed that could play well as a special teams player and if there’s a program that gives him a chance to be a wide receiver he can become a legit star.

      Thanks for reading the article and reaching out. Keep in touch. — Todd

  3. Nicholas Ring // February 7, 2015 at 6:09 pm // Reply

    Glad he joined the Razorbacks!!

  4. WPS!!! Absolutely love kids like this. So excited to have him as all hog fans are!! Cant wait to watch him catch and run at Arkansas as he did in high school. He will make a name for himself, just pay attention.

    • Jim, I think Zack is one of the more underrated wide receivers in the area. I don’t know why he didn’t get a single offer from anyone, especially the mid-major schools like SMU, Tulsa, Rice, etc. Great hands, extremely strong for only being 5’8,” runs a mid 4 40-time, can change directions on a dime, makes guys miss, take away his size and he’s what any program should want. I think Arkansas will get a really good wide receiver and a kid who can play on special teams as well. I think he’ll thrive there.

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