By Ryan Carpe firstname.lastname@example.org
February 25, 2014
GREEVILLE — Greenville senior Zach Comer signed a letter of intent Monday to play football for one of the most prestigious programs in the country at the University of Mount Union.
“I think it’s a great decision for him. The opportunity to go play for national championships at a place that has the tradition that Mount Union has in the last 20 years… it’s unparalleled at that level,” Greenville football coach Aaron Shaffer said. “It speaks to Zach’s character and ability as a player when a place like Mount Union wants you to come and play.”
Comer now joins fellow Greenville senior Ryan Drew as the second Wave player to join the ranks of the honored university, which finished the 2013-14 season undefeated in its conference.
“They know how to get the job done,” Comer said. “They win a lot, and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Mount Union has 11 NCAA Division III national championships under its belt in just over 20 years and has played in the national championship game each of the past nine seasons.
Comer, a starting varsity athlete in both football and basketball, decided on Mount Union due to its prestigious legacy and welcoming campus atmosphere.
“The campus was really nice, and I kind of fell in love with the place,” he said. “And to go to their football program, they just have a great tradition. So that helped me decide.”
Comer, a 6-foot wide receiver and defensive back, tied the Greenville High School record for most interceptions in a career and quickly became one the Wave’s most dependable members.
“I’m very excited. He’s put a lot of hard work in,” Zach’s father, Donnie Comer, said. “He looked at quite a few colleges and Mount Union was his favorite choice.”
“As far as his work ethic and leadership abilities, those things are great,” Shaffer said. “And he was a difference maker on Friday nights when we needed a play. We could send Zach down the field, and when he had the ball in his hands offensively, you never knew what he was capable of.”
Now Comer is rounding up his senior year here in Greenville before heading out to begin his freshman year in Alliance.
Comer intends to major in athletic training at Mount Union due to of his deeply ingrained love of sports.
“I love being around sports, so hopefully this will keep me around them for a long time,” he said.
But looking back, Comer reflected on the contributions of his family, friends and coaches, who all helped get him to where he is today.
“I’d like to thank my parents because they’ve really helped push me towards getting a scholarship and all my teammates for practicing with me and helping me to get better,” Comer said. “And coach Shaffer who helped me through the whole process.”