Profile: Olamide Zaccheaus
Weight: 195 pounds
Ranking: Three-star; 82nd position rank.
“I saw Zaccheaus twice in person in 2013, and the first time he was a workhorse runner in a come-from-behind win against Warminster (Pa.) Archbishop Wood. He was physical and decisive with his decisions. He was patient in waiting for plays to develop and was tough to bring down. He ran through arm tackles and wore down the Vikings' defense. He didn't have top-end speed, but his acceleration through the hole was good and he helped control the clock.
“In the state title game win against Pittsburgh Central Catholic, Zaccheaus wasn't used as much, instead giving way to a talented freshman named DeAndre Swift.”
-Brian Dohn, National Recruiting Analyst
UVa was one of the last to offer the Keystone state running back, but all it took was a visit. Zaccheaus chose UVa over offers from Miami, Pittsburgh, Temple, Cincinnati and Old Dominion among others. He told Scout.com’s Greg Pickel that speaking with UVa head coach Mike London during the visit and hearing about the academics rather than just football really sealed the deal. He committed a few days later.
“It felt like it was the right fit as far as the academics and football program,” Zaccheaus said. “They’re the number one public school, and you can’t get better than that, literally.”
“I have a chance to play early,” Zaccheaus said. “I wasn’t really worried about that, but how well I fit the school. It means no matter what happens, I’ll be set for life…I should be able to provide for my family no matter what happens in my football career, and that’s important.”
Zaccheaus is the first running back commitment for London and his staff in the 2015 class. With the addition Zaccheaus, the ‘Hoos gain nice speed on the ground and much needed depth at the running back position. They will likely add one more before everything is done. UVa still have Black Mountain (N.C.) Owen running back Jager Gardner and Princeton (N.J.) The Hun School athlete Chris Sharp left on the board..
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