National Signing Day has come and gone. Many of the nation’s top recruits held out until the last day to make their picks of where to go to college.
On Tuesday night, the night before Signing Day, South Jersey kicker Zachary Sterr announced his commitment to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.
Extremely excited to announce that I am committing to further my athletic and academic career at Rutgers University ⚔️🛡 Time for a new chapter in my life #RUKN18HTED #B1G @RFootball ⚔️🛡⚔️🛡⚔️🛡⚔️🛡⚔️🛡⚔️🛡 pic.twitter.com/jyvXEhf1F7
— Zach Sterr (@zACh_sTERR) February 6, 2018
The 6-2, 230 pound kicker out of Absegami High School has been regarded as one of the top kicking recruits in the country. Special teams guru Chris Sailer ranks him as a four-and-a-half star recruit on his official kicker-evaluating website ChrisSailerKicking.com.
According to Sailer’s profile of Sterr, Sailer wrote:
“Zach is an excellent kicking/punting prospect. He has one of the stronger legs in his class and shows great all-around college potential. Field goals are strong off the ground. He shows college level range and hits a consistent ball. Kickoffs are outstanding, a strength. He drives the ball deep with excellent hang time. Zach is also a talented punter. He has a great frame to compete at the college level at this position. A competitor that does well under pressure. He has the tools to play at the next level.
I took a closer look at Sterr myself through his Hudl.com page, and based on what I saw, Sailer’s evaluation of Sterr holds up. On kickoffs, Sterr kicks at a pro level, being able to reach the back of the end zone for touchbacks with ease.
As a punter, Sterr has shown good accuracy and range, getting punt returners to miscalculate where the ball will go.
Placekicking is where his strengths lie best, however. In four years of high school, Sterr has racked up 120 career points. On a 43-yard field goal Sterr made, it looked like he had room to spare, possibly hinting that he can hit past 50, maybe 60 yards, if given a chance.
Sterr is also a highly decorated kicker, having won numerous kicking competitions over the past two years. In 2016, Sterr won the FBU Orlando Kickoff competition. This past year, Sterr was a finalist in the Vegas XXIX Field Goal Competition, as well as a champion at the NJ Spring Camp Kickoff Contest.
With the pick-up of the Aussie punter Adam Korsak last month, Sterr will be a shoe-in for the starting kicker spot for the Scarlet Knights. With two freshmen leading special teams for Rutgers, it will be interesting to see how much of a difference Korsak and Sterr can make for the Scarlet Knights going forward.