ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Zach Gentry has officially gone blue. The Eldorado High School senior signed his letter of intent to play for the University of Michigan Wednesday. Gentry originally committed to play for the University of Texas. In fact, he stuck to that commitment for 8 and a half months. The six-foot-seven quarterback started to feel uncomfortable about his commitment to the Longhorns after coaches made a change to the offense.
“It was tough to make that decision because I was committed to Texas for so long,” said Gentry. “Eight and a half months is a long time so I had gotten comfortable with that. It was a tough decision, but at the end of the day, I think I made a good choice.”
First year Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh made a visit to see Gentry after taking the job with the Wolverines and the rest is history. Gentry admits that having a coach that has groomed NFL quarterbacks factored into his decision.
“He’s been there. He has the connections. He’s been at that next level,” said Gentry. “He knows what it is all about so that’s something that definitely pushed me towards Michigan.”
Gentry says he is ready to go and try to compete for playing time in his first year. The four star quarterback completed 60 percent of his passes for the Eldorado Eagles in his senior season. Gentry was also named Gatorade New Mexico Player of the Year. He passed for 2,978 yards and 26 touchdowns, leading the Eagles to a 10 and 2 record and class 6A semifinals. Gentry also rushed for 1,057 yards and 22 touchdowns on the ground.