Zachary Quarterman, along with nine of his teammates at Woodward Academy, signed athletic scholarships on February 1.
Zachary and his teammates along with family and friends gathered at Atlanta’s College Football Hall of Fame that morning and later at the high school, located in College Park, for another signing ceremony.
There were three things that Zachary listed when asked why he selected to attend Delta State.
“The reason I chose Delta State University is because the diversity of students, top tier athletic facilities, and the education.”
He added that when he took his official visit to DSU, he felt at ease. “The welcoming committee really made me feel home away from home. “
Zachary also stated that the coaching staff stressed family and the importance of community.
Academics also played a major role in his decision. His future teammates are known for their winning on the gridiron but also for their success in the classroom.
“The coaches prioritize grades above everything, so they make sure that every player has at least a 3.0 (grade point average). They showcased a board with over 40 football players with over a 3.0,” said Zachary.
He also drew interest from FCS programs The Citadel and Wofford, Division II West Georgia and Trinity International, a NAIA program based in Illinois.
Just as happy as Zachary is to be a Statesman, the DSU coaching staff is equally excited to have him in their program.
“We are excited about Zach,” said head coach Todd Cooley. “He is a good player with a lot of upside. We love his demeanor and length as a football player. He also is a true student athlete who takes his academics very seriously,” he added.
During the 2016 season, Zachary helped Woodward to a 11-2 record as they reached the state AAAA playoffs
Zachary, who plays defensive end, finished the season with 51 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble.
He had 11 tackles in a 44-6 victory over Eastside on October 14.
Zachary, who is listed at 6-2, 235, comes from an athletic family.
His parents were both athletes at Georgia Tech with his father playing football and his mother being a member of the Lady Jackets basketball squad. His mother, Valeria Quarterman Bolton, started her high school career at St. Vincent’s Academy before transferring to Beach High School. She ended her college playing career at Savannah State, where she earned her engineering degree.
His uncle, Radcliff Quarterman, played football at Benedictine and later at Morehouse.
Delta State is a Division II school that competes in the Gulf South Conference. The Statesmen posted a 4-6 record in 2016.
Zachary reports to the Cleveland, Mississippi based school in July and plans to major in civil engineering.
His maternal grandparents are Rudolph and Joanne Quarterman of Savannah.