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Marcheselli confirms commitment, signs to play football at TCU

Zach Marcheselli talks with reporters after signing with TCU in the BA Varsity Club on Wednesday
5c1aa1b8935afZach Marcheselli talks with reporters after signing with TCU in the BA Varsity Club on Wednesday
Zach Marcheselli talks with reporters after signing with TCU in the BA Varsity Club on Wednesday

Zach Marcheselli took one official visit.

That’s all he needed.

“I just felt at home there,” Marcheselli said of TCU (Texas Christian University), the school in which the Broken Arrow senior linebacker confirmed his commitment to at noon Wednesday by signing a football letter of intent.

“I chose TCU because of Gary Patterson and their coaching staff,” Marcheselli said. “I got along really well with Coach (Chad) Glascow. It’s in the Big 12. It’s fast paced. They need linebackers like me. I think I fit in pretty well.”

The Horned Frogs, who play a 4-2-5 defense, lost their top four linebackers to graduation. On the current roster, TCU has just one returning linebacker that will be a senior. Four others will be sophomores. Whether it’s on special teams or backing up at linebacker in 2019, Marcheselli wants to “really contribute next year.”

As for the recruiting process, Marcheselli began getting letters and visits as a freshman. That was for wrestling. It wasn’t until his junior year that schools began contacting him about playing football for them.

The first to offer was the University of North Texas. After that, Arkansas, Texas Tech, Missouri and others schools reached out to the linebacker who would become the Tigers leading tackler and a member of the 106th Oklahoman All-State Team during this state championship season.

Now that football, at the high school level at least, is over for Marcheselli, his attention is back to wrestling, the sport for which college coaches first took notice. The three-time state champion has an individual goal of nabbing a fourth state title this year. But the greater desire is to add a second 18-19 team trophy to the BA awards cabinet.

 “That is probably the most important thing to me now,” Marcheselli said. “My individual goals aren’t really what I care about right now, because I want to see our team win another championship.”

Teammates joined Zach Marcheselli for a signing day picture for the media.Launch the second image gallery player
5c1aa1b8935afTeammates joined Zach Marcheselli for a signing day picture for the media.
Teammates joined Zach Marcheselli for a signing day picture for the media.
This will be his last go around as a wrestler. TCU does not have a wrestling team, so there is no dual-sport participation in the future for Marcheselli.

“I love wrestling, but I just think I love football a little bit more,” said Marcheselli, who most-likely will wrestle at 220-pounds again this season for Coach Shawn Jones and the Broken Arrow Tigers. “I’m trying to be smart about it too. Football has full scholarships and wrestling doesn’t, so that keeps a lot of money in my parents’ pocket.”

And for the future and money in his pockets, he looks at TCU as a wise choice.

“They take their academics seriously there,” Marcheselli said. “If you graduate from there you can pretty much get a job wherever.”

Even though, Marcheselli took just one official visit, his college choice was measured carefully. Thus, to him, one look is all he needed.