In the fall, Zach Gust tallied 20 touchdowns during this senior
campaign and helped lead Union Local (9-2) to its first playoff
appearance in school history as its playmaker. Now he’s hoping to have
a similar impact in college. A first team All-Ohio selection, Gust will continue his athletic career at the College of Wooster. He chose the Fighting Scots after weighing some
options from larger schools.
In the fall, Zach Gust tallied 20 touchdowns during this senior campaign and helped lead Union Local (9-2) to its first playoff appearance in school history as its playmaker. Now he’s hoping to have a similar impact in college.
Notching over 2,100 in all-purpose yards last season and earning first team All-Ohio honors, Gust will continue his athletic career at College of Wooster. He chose the Fighting Scots after weighing some options from larger schools.
“I looked at a lot of different places and I had a lot of people telling me I could go Division I to play,” said Gust, who was a guest at Ohio State during the season. “However, when it came down to what I was looking for in a college I felt the most comfortable at Wooster. They showed me a good time and made me feel important, not just a number. Plus it's a great school for education.”
The two-way Jets' standout is anticipating an early start for coach Mike Schmittz Fighting Scots in a split end/running back position.
“Being a small school, the starting position is mine for the taking as long as I hit the weights and work hard going into camp,” Gust indicated as he looks to be one of the fastest athletes in the North Coast Atlantic Conference.
Moving away from Union Local coach Mark Cisar's fast paced West Coast offense will be different for the Wooster freshman, but he says he is ready for the new challenge.
“Every year in high school I got a little bit better. As a freshman I wasn't an impact player, but I kept working to get quicker. Then my sophomore year I got a little more time on the field. By the time I was a junior and senior I was becoming the go to guy, which is my long-term goal as I play for coach Schmittz.
Gust will not be the only Union Local football star to make the trip to Wooster for football as teammate Zach Azallion will be joining Gust.
“Having (Zach) Azallion at Wooster is a big plus. He is a very good friend of mine and pushes me on the field,” Gust shared.
Gust rounded out his prep career with a top-shelf performance as the Jets fell short at Waverly the first round of the Ohio Division IV, Round 15 contest. The 6-foot speedster pulled down eight grabs for 221 yards, averaging 27.6 yards a catch, and two scores.
He also ended the season with four interceptions, four kickoff returns for touchdowns and two punt returns for TDs.
Gust plans to major in education and specializing in special education.
The last Union Local athlete to play college football was Justin Schafer, who started at quarterback for Wooster during the 2005 and 2006 seasons. Schafer was instrumental in getting Gust to Wooster.
“Justin drug me out to Wooster to check out the campus and I fell in love with it,” Gust admitted. “I had everyone telling me about where I should go to school, but Schafer was different. He showed me Wooster because he thought I could play there and get a good education.
“If it wasn't for him I would have never thought of Wooster.”