Deutel is finding out the hard way that level of college interest in a quarterback does not necessarily coincide with the number of touchdowns thrown. He tossed 40 this season, tied for sixth-most in Virginia high school history, yet still awaits his first offer.
“What am I doing wrong?” Deutel wondered aloud Wednesday night in a phone interview. “What else do I have to do to get these guys’ attention that I’m going to be a big asset to their program? I have the grades. I have all the tools. Height, weight, the stats this year.
“My expectations are to get a scholarship and nothing less because I feel like I worked my butt off for it, and this season proved it I think.”
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Deutel, who missed much of his junior year after twice tearing the labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder, had a nibble from Virginia Military Institute, but it was not a firm offer.
This season, running Brooke Point’s spread offense, Deutel completed 197 of 328 passes for 3,156 yards with 40 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, in 13 games. The Black-Hawks (9-4) lost to North Stafford in the Virginia AAA Northwest Region Division 5 championship.
Headed into Thursday, the only college recruiters who had met with Deutel at school were from Fairmont State and Randolph-Macon. Brooke Point currently has three players at Virginia Tech and others at West Virginia, William & Mary, Liberty and Shepherd and elsewhere.
Marc Deutel, Zach’s father, said that Maryland and West Virginia encouraged him to walk on to their teams.
“Most colleges look at your junior year, and his junior year was a rough year,” Marc Deutel said. “It seems like they’re looking at that more than the senior year he had.
“It’s hard to keep your feelings at a mellow rate. If you can’t see it in the highlight video, I don’t know what else you can look at. He’s handling it better than I am because he feels that someone is going to give him an opportunity and he can prove somebody else wrong for not giving him the opportunity.”
For now, Deutel waits. He said he carries a 3.53 grade-point average and that he is re-taking his SAT on Saturday.
“My main goal is a scholarship,” he said. “Right now, I don’t care where it is. I just want someone to offer me. Once I get that first one, it will be a big relief.”