Last Updated: Fri Jul 21, 2023 - 1:34AM
The pressure that is lifted off the shoulders of a student-athlete who makes a college commitment is immense.
For Penn-Trafford’s Zach Tomosovich, he was excited to get the process over with and settle on where he’ll be playing for the next four years.
“It’s been great to get the pressure off your chest, and you can focus on you and your own team now,” said the Warriors lineman of his college commitment. “It’s great to find your home for the next four or five years.”
Tomosovich recently made his commitment to continue his football career at the NCAA Division I level, competing for Army West Point. It was always his dream to serve the country, but he was uncertain of where and how to start his military career.
“I got the offer in April, then went up to campus to visit for a junior day and I fell in love with the place,” he added on what sealed the deal for him. “The campus is beautiful. I love the way they run their practices and how tough the team is.
“I also love the fact that I have a guaranteed job and get to serve our country,” he continued.
That aggressiveness he witnessed during the Black Knights practice lines up perfectly with the culture that he will be leaving after this season. The Warriors football program has prided itself on a tough and aggressive style of play, especially on the line.
That teaching of physicality comes from the standard that has been set for Warriors football by head coach John Ruane. Tomosovich highlighted what makes Ruane unique in how he runs his program and gets the best out of every player.
“With Coach Ruane, he tries to make you great people rather than great football players,” the future Army football player noted. “By being great people, we can win more games by our character and the way we are like our toughness that he instills into us.”
That toughness will ultimately serve Tomosovich well when he heads off to college in a year. But, it’s become a large separating factor for the Warriors’ recent success.
He’s been a three-year starter on the varsity level for Penn-Trafford, during which the Warriors have captured a state title in the 2021 season. That year, the Warriors were stacked with talent, but Tomosovich learned that it takes more than just a handful of players to capture a state title.
“It truly takes every single person on the team to win,” he commented. “You can have from JV players to the starters Friday night. It takes everyone, and I love that – it’s awesome.”
Tomosovich still has one more season to achieve a state championship for the second time in his career. His team will be loaded with talent once against this year, and has similar championship aspirations as they do every year.
Although there is still one more year in his high school career, Tomosovich is already anticipating his next journey at Army and what awaits him at the college level.
“I’m looking forward to making new friends, making new relationships, playing some big-name football, and see how I stack up against everyone else. I can’t wait.”