Another weekend, another commitment for the Virginia Cavaliers football program. The five announced commitments from Friday, June 22—including the surprise from four-star Jowon Briggs—have been joined by one from Florida offensive lineman Zachary Teter.
I’m extremely excited to announce that I’m fully committed to The University of Virginia!!!! ⚔️ @UVAFootball @RickyBrumfield @JamieOakes247 @Garret @LGBravesFB @zku65 @Coach2J @principalRVann #Wahoos! #GoCavs ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/ovgWvrl4R3— Zachary Teter (@Teter_Tot) July 1, 2018
The 6-foot-5, 290-pound prospect hails from Lake Gibson High School in Lakeland, Florida (between Tampa and Orlando). He is yet to be rated by 247, Rivals, or ESPN, but his offer sheet shows this is a solid pickup for Virginia: Teter picked the Hoos over Power Five offers from Arizona, Cal, Louisville, and Missouri, as well as a handful of Group of Five schools.
He’s also clearly no slouch in the classroom, as Vanderbilt, Harvard, Yale, and Princeton had all offered too.
I really like how Teter plays up to the second level. In a spread offense with a dual-threat quarterback, those are the blocks that can be the difference between a run going for six yards or six points. He also has very active hands as he drops back into pass protection without being covered up, ready to strike a punch if a man does rotate into his assignment area. There’s only one play where Teter takes on someone who can match his size, but he does a good job bracing against the bull rush. Adjusting to ACC size and speed looks like it will be his biggest challenge.
To get a sense of just how big Teter’s frame is, check out this shot of him with his Lake Gibson teammates:
There’s probably 20 to 30 pounds of good weight that Teter can add, getting him up to the 315 or 320 range. While he’s listed as an offensive tackle by the rating services, I’d expect him to project more as a guard on the next level (which is also what he plays on the film above).
With 17 commitments now on the board, the 2019 class for UVA sits 27th nationally and 6th in the ACC. Expect that to rise some once they rate Teter, probably somewhere in the mid-80s for his 247 Composite.