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2020 ATH Preston Zachman signs with Wisconsin

The Pennsylvania ATH is coming to Madison with a lot of potential.

Wisconsin v BYU

2020 ATH Preston Zachman

Position Height Weight School 247 Composite Ranking
Position Height Weight School 247 Composite Ranking
ATH 6-foot-2 205 Southern Columba Area HS (Catawissa, Pa.) 3-stars; No. 93 OLB

Preston Zachman is a very intriguing prospect that the Badgers signed in the 2020 class. He played quarterback and outside linebacker in high school and as far as we know, the Badgers see him as an OLB...or maybe a safety...or maybe a fullback. NOBODY KNOWS! Zachman is a recruiting mystery box. It is worth noting that the recruiting page lists Zachman as an ILB, so maybe he should just play every position once just to see how he likes them!

What we do know about Zachman is that he’s a winner. His high school didn’t lose a game during his senior season and they also won three state titles while he played there, only losing one game total in his career.

Zachman is fast and physical and would appear to be a really useful player wherever the Badgers end up trying him out.


247 Composite: 3 stars; grade: .8431; No. 1322 player in the nation; No. 93 OLB; No. 16 PA

247 Sports: 3 stars; grade: 84; No. 1459 player in the nation; No. 102 OLB; No. 20 PA

Rivals: 3 stars; 5.5 rating; No. 15 PA

ESPN: 3 stars; Grade: 75; No. 94 OLB; No. 129 Regional; No. 13 PA

Verbally committed on September 21st, 2019

Here is what we noted right after Zachman verbally committed to Wisconsin, an offer he was waiting for: On Thursday, September 12th, the versatile athlete was offered a scholarship, and he jumped on the opportunity a day later by informing the coaching staff of his commitment. Zachman took an unofficial visit to Wisconsin again this weekend for the Michigan game, and publicly announced his commitment on Saturday afternoon.

Other FBS offers that he earned through the recruiting process were Air Force, Army, Kent State, and Temple. While the offer list isn’t overly impressive, Wisconsin has done well with multi-sport athletes who were former high school quarterbacks. Alec Ingold, T.J. Edwards, Garrett Groshek, David Edwards, and Zack Baun, are just a few recent players to make an impact as Badgers who used to be signal-callers in high school.

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Player bio (courtesy of UW Athletic Department)