ALMONT — Almont gridiron standout Neal Zott signed a national letter of intent to become a part of the Lafayette football team this past Wednesday.
Lafayette, a NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision School, is located in Easton, Pennsylvania. The squad competes in the Patriot League.
Almont standout Neal Zott drops back to pass last fall. Zott signed a letter of intent with Lafayette. photo by Kevin Kissane.
In addition to Lafayette, Zott received recruiting interest from several Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schools.
His play helped Almont enjoy a 2008 campaign to remember as it was their third straight season atop the Blue Water Area Conference standings (this year sharing the honor with Cros-Lex, Yale and Richmond) and their third straight playoff appearance (winning a district title and reaching the regional championship before seeing their tournament path ended)
Zott, a 6-0 and 185-pound senior, threw for 831 yards and six touchdowns as Almont's quarterback this fall.
His impact did not end there for Almont. He also returned punts and kicks for six touchdowns.
Those aforementioned credentials enabled Zott to land a spot on The Associated Press Division 5-6 All-State first team lineup.
He also contributed 60 solo tackles, including two for a loss, two interceptions and four pass deflections to Almont's cause.
Zott joins a Lafayette program which is coming off a 7-4 campaign. That includes a 3-3 Patriot League showing, which was good enough for fourth of seven teams.
He should battle it out for playing time at a safety position this fall, according to his high school coach Jeremy Ferman.
Zott has also been selected to suit up for the East side against the West squad in the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association East/West All-Star Game. That contest is set for July 11th at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing.
He has said he would like to suit up there to see how he stacks up against Michigan's top outgoing seniors, but still must be given the go ahead by his coaches at Lafayette.