The Oklahoman's Super 30: Putnam City North's Zach Dortch does plenty of everything for Panthers
Zach Dortch is everywhere.
This held true on Putnam City North’s first snap against Jenks in the playoffs last season. Split out at receiver, just one of his many positions, Dortch knew the ball would be coming his way, and that he would need to capitalize on his opportunity. He caught the short screen pass near midfield, trucked the opposing cornerback, and raced past two more defenders for the 44-yard touchdown.
With his blood rushing, he had just moments to take in what he had done before he was already back on the field, this time at outside linebacker.
A change of possession later, he was already barreling up the middle after taking the handoff from quarterback Aaron Norment. This continued all night for Dortch, who changed positions more in one night than some do in their career. But that’s just who he is.
“He just loves playing everything,” Putnam City North coach Ryan Laverty said. “He dreams of making the last play to win the game. He’s one of our guys that if something needs to happen he’s usually right in the middle of it.”
On Friday nights, Dortch is all over the place, playing every position to the best of his ability. He didn’t need long to think about why he plays so hard almost every snap of each game.
“For my team. You gotta do anything and everything for your brothers,” Dortch said. “They’re my family. Any way I can get it, I’m gonna help produce the outcome of the game.”
Dortch’s production helped Putnam City North tremendously last season. He finished fourth on the Panthers in total offense last season, racking up 551 yards with eight touchdowns. He averaged just over 50 yards a game, primarily playing running back, but splitting out to receiver when called on.
Defensively, Dortch finished with 48½ total tackles on the year at outside linebacker, with 37 of those being unassisted. He also forced a team-high four fumbles.
Dortch comes in at No. 29 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruit rankings of the 2020 class. He has offers from Memphis, Army, Western Illinois, and Northeastern State. So far, he has been recruited to play outside linebacker, but doesn’t care what position he plays as longs as it benefits the team.
Whoever lands Dortch will gain a high-intensity, passionate, well-equipped player with experience in just about every position.
“It doesn’t matter,” he said with a smile when asked what position he wanted to play in college. “Whatever helps best fit the team and wherever I get playing time.”
The Oklahoman’s Super 30
Name: Zachary Dortch
School: Putnam City North
Super 30 ranking: 29
Height: 6 feet
Weight: 210 lbs
Position: Running back/outside linebacker
Recruited by: Memphis, Army, Western Illinois, Northeastern State
The Oklahoman' Super 30
The Oklahoman’s Super 30 feature series will spotlight each high school football player on the Super 30 recruit rankings for the 2019 class through July 21. See No. 28 on the list in Friday’s editions of The Oklahoman.
Here are the players we’ve featured so far:
No. 30: Phillip Smitherman, DB, Heritage Hall
No. 29: Zachary Dortch, RB/LB, Putnam North