At the Alabama NIKE Camp this past weekend, two things were easy for everyone to see. One was that UGA has two very underrated prospects headed to Athens next year. And another is that these two players are becoming very close friends. Zach Mettenberger and Chase Vasser are busy impressing on the field while bonding off of the field.
Both players came into the camp with something to prove. Neither is currently in the Rivals100 or even Rivals250, and both traveled across the state border to compete against the best. This is one of the last times they will be seen before their senior season starts, so it is crucial as far as rankings go.
The 6-foot-5 quarterback out of Oconee County came out of the gate a little too excited, but after a couple of throws he began to lock into receivers on short and long passes. He was named the top QB and had to be pleased with his performance.
"I thought I did pretty well throwing passes today," said Mettenberger in a post camp interview. "I would have liked to been more accurate, but I think I had a good day overall. Being named the top quarterback was a big accomplishment, and I was very happy to receive the award."
Not only was the UGA commit impressing the analysts and high school coaches that were there, he was also showing the wide receivers who they could have throwing their way if they chose to go to UGA.
One of those players was Michael Bowman, voted top wide receiver at the camp.
"Yeah Zach looked great out there, he has a cannon," said Michael Bowman. "I told him to put in a good word for me at UGA. They got a great class there and anyone would be lucky to play for them."
The top quarterback made sure he got to know all the skill position players.
"I talked to Bowman, he is a good receiver, and I talked to Jamal Patterson, Richard Drake, and the junior Markeith Ambles who is going to be really good. I also talked to the Lassiter tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen. I think if we do bring in a couple of those guys, we will be in good shape."
He may have been named the top QB at the camp, but he is not satisfied with himself and sees a lot of room for improvement.
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