Zachary Otero went from not playing much if at all in his first three years at Centennial High School (Ca.) to making the most of his senior year.
Switching from inside to outside linebacker was the best move for Otero for three reasons: playing time, stats and he was in the best position to help his team win on the defensive side.
The 5’11, 220 pound Corona, California native had an outstanding senior season.
“…I had to make a switch to a position that I’ve never played before, outside linebacker, since I knew that would be my best opportunity to get playing time. During spring ball I worked non-stop and eventually I became the starting outside linebacker and ended up having one of the best seasons on our defense,” he said.
Otero’s full stat line is as follows: 33 tackles (five solo), 16 quarterback hurries, 13 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
He led the Huskies in sacks, quarterback hurries and tackles for loss. Check out his senior highlights.
In watching film on Zachary Otero, people will be able to see that he has great speed off the edge and he is a sure tackler. NFL linebackers he studies are Seattle Seahawk Bobby Wagner and Oakland Raider Khalil Mack.
“The best part of my game is mixing up my pass rush, I can use a power move for 2-3 plays and then when they expect a power move I use a speed rush move to get around the edge,” Otero said.
At linebacker, he can be effective at where ever his team needs him. He currently has no scholarship offers but knows he can bring diversity as a linebacker at the college level because he’s played both linebacker positions. In addition to that, because of his improved pass rushing ability, he could play defensive end.
“I want to be an example of how hard work and dedication in the offseason can pay off. One thing I’ll miss about playing football for Centennial is the bond we had as a team on and off the field.”