Sports Spotlight: Zach Sheffer


Zach Sheffer is Nease High School’s starting tight end and one of its top players this fall. A senior, Sheffer is committed to play football at LSU next year.


Q: How did summer camp go?

A: “Summer camp went really well. I feel like we got a lot better and grew together as a team.”


Q: What excites you most about this upcoming season?

A: “The thing that excites me the most about this upcoming football season is playing with my friends and teammates one last year. We want to go out with a bang and hopefully make a deep playoff run.”


Q: The Panthers went 2-7 last year. What goals are in place for Nease to have a stronger year in 2017?

A: "Our goal this year is to just take it one game at a time and be the best we can possibly be. We've worked hard in the weight room, and I feel we are all on the same page as a team. We will definitely have a better season this year. We've worked too hard not to."


Q: How would you characterize the offense this year? What should fans look forward to seeing?

A: “Complex and multiple. We have a lot of formations, shifts and motions. We are doing some different things this year that I think will pay off.”


Q: Your first game on the schedule is against Ponte Vedra. What makes this rivalry so special to you?

A: “We have a lot of respect for PV. They are a really good team, and they are very well coached. It's always a good game, and both schools will have a lot of fans there.”


Q: You’re committed to LSU to play college football. What factors went into your decision to play there?

A: “LSU was a really good fit for me for a lot of reasons: offensive scheme, game day environment, facilities, academic support, coaches and playing in the SEC. But most importantly, it just felt like home. I had an opportunity to take several unofficial visits to some great schools the last two years, but none of them gave me the feeling that I had when I was in Baton Rouge.”


Q: What do you plan to study at LSU?

A: Baton Rouge.


Q: You also compete in track and field for Nease. Which events do you participate in? And what do you enjoy most about track?

"I participate in shot, discus and a couple of other track events. I advanced to states in discus. The thing I enjoy most about track is being with my teammates and working on my speed for football. Since I'll be enrolling early at LSU, I won't be able to participate in track this year."