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Posted at 9:18 PM ET, 01/18/2011

Zach Dancel commits to New Mexico

By Josh Barr

Zach Dancel spent his high school football career as a quarterback, leading Good Counsel to consecutive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championships and No. 1 rankings in The Washington Post.

But it was his spot duty in key games at safety that earned him college scholarship offers. On Tuesday night, Dancel reached his decision, committing to play for New Mexico.

"I've been in contact with Coach [Mike] Locksley and [assistant] coach [George] Barlow and when I went out there on the visit it just felt right," Dancel said. "And they were my first [division I-A] offer. The relationship I had with the coaches, it just felt right."

Dancel passed for 1,334 yards and 18 touchdowns and also rushed for 480 yards and 10 touchdowns this past season for the Falcons. He played on defense sparingly during the regular season, but then started in the league playoffs and had a pair of dazzling interceptions in a semifinal victory over Gonzaga.

His performance stirred interest among college coaches. Dancel took an official visit to Georgia Tech and received a scholarship offer from Illinois. He was scheduled to visit Illinois this weekend, but said he likely will not take the trip now.

By Josh Barr  | January 18, 2011; 9:18 PM ET
Categories:  Football, Good Counsel, New Mexico, Zach Dancel  
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