Now that the rising freshman summer is so important, Governor’s Academy (Mass.) attackman Zach Ludd probably didn’t even need to have the huge fall that he did.
It certainly helped Ludd’s confidence after some big outings at the Philly Freshman Showcase and Team Invitational, though Ludd already had his heart set on Ohio State after a phenomenal visit.
On December 10th, he pledged to Nick Myers and the staff, which he announced on Twitter after also checking out Virginia, Lehigh, Notre Dame and Michigan:
Ohio State University Class of 2022. 🌰
— Zach Ludd (@_zachludd_) December 11, 2014
A three-sport athlete, Ludd makes the 20-minute trip everyday from Portsmouth (N.H.) to the Governor’s Academy in Massachusetts, which also takes boarding students. In the fall, he dabbled on the varsity after starting on the JV in a running back and wide receiver role as well as strong safety. This winter, he’s the starting point guard on the junior varsity basketball team and has hopes of making the Red Dogs’ varsity lacrosse squad in the spring, helping the perennial leaders of the ISL.
Though he has plenty of room to grow (Ludd currently stands 5’8 and 140 pounds), his foot speed and ability to see the field at X are his greatest assets. He’s a force when teaming up with coach’s son Brian Cameron, a rangy scorer who committed to UNC in early September. His father Chris, speaks highly of Ludd after coaching him for several seasons and providing guidance in his recruiting process.
“Zach’s biggest asset is his lightning quickness. He’s a triple threat: dodge, shoot and feed with great vision,” says Cameron, Lehigh’s all-time leading scorer. “He will continue to work on getting bigger, stronger, quicker and dodging to his left more.”
Here’s what Ludd told Recruiting Rundown less than 24 hours after his commitment to The Ohio State University, where he’ll join a strong tradition of accomplished attackmen.
Why did you decide on Ohio State?
Honestly, I fell in love the second I stepped on campus and they had all that I wanted. I really liked the coaching staff – Coach [Nick] Myers, [Brad] Ross and [Jamison] Koesterer built great relationships with me since the summer. I loved the big school atmosphere with great football and basketball in addition to great academics with a lot to offer, which is great since I don’t yet know specifically what I want to study.
How was your visit to Columbus?
I visited in late October for their football weekend against Rutgers. The coaches took me through the campus before I met with Coach Myers in his office. In the afternoon, we went to the football game and I got to go on the field before the game and during halftime. It was a really great atmosphere and I loved all the whole school spirit aspect, it was a cool feeling and something I wanted to be a part of.
How has the experience with the NH Tomahawks been for you? Also, what’s it like to have the decision over with and four years left to play?
I’ve been playing with the program for the past seven years and it’s been a special experience. Coach Cameron has been really good to me and helped me understand what I want in a school and what I should be looking for.
Going forward, I want to work harder than I ever have. That process starts now and I don’t plan on taking anything for granted. Right now, I want to focus on getting bigger so that I’m not just relying on my speed more than anything else.
Who do you want to thank for helping you get to where you are?
First off, I want to thank my parents for always being there for me and being my number one supporters, driving me to practices, tournaments, games and visits – that’s not very cheap and also takes up a lot of their time. I’d also like to thank the Tomahawks’ program – Coach Cameron has helped me for the past six years and has been so awesome in this process. My summer coach Russ Moyer has also been great, helping me improve as a player over the last few years. Chris Hetler has also helped me a lot through this process and it’s been fun to play for him.