Zack Dobson on taking inspiration from his slain brother Zack Dobson on taking inspiration from his slain brother

Recruit Diaries Zack Dobson on taking inspiration from his slain brother

By is a partner of USA TODAY High School Sports. This entry is from Zack Dobson, a junior athlete from Fulton (Knoxville, Tenn.). 

Zack Dobson (Photo: 247Sports)

Zack Dobson (Photo: 247Sports)

What’s happening everybody? This is Zack Dobson here with my very first entry of my RecruitDiary. I am super excited to share my story and truly am thankful for this opportunity. I may not be a household name, but I am doing my best to change that and I am motivated by something greater than football. I attend Fulton High School in Tennessee and will graduate in the spring of 2017. My junior year is wrapping up and there is no better time to start writing a diary.

I don’t have a set position, and I am listed as an athlete, but spend a lot of time playing receiver. I love being everywhere on the field, and that is the best part about being an athlete. I don’t have to stay in one spot, and I get to be all over the field and leave my mark on the game. I would describe my play as very fast and explosive. I have game changing speed and I know how to use it to my advantage.

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I currently have four scholarship offers from Austin Peay, Charleston Southern, Tennessee Tech and Jackson State. I am blessed that these schools see potential in me and that they want me at their schools. I am hoping that I will be receiving a major Division I offer soon enough, and I am not going to stop working until I make my dreams a reality. A lot of people think size has been a big factor in my recruitment, but I don’t play like I’m 5-8. I am very fast, run great routes, and like to use my body so I play a lot bigger than I am.


Inspiration is an interesting concept, and everybody is motivated by something different. For me, its simple I am motivated by my brother. My brother was Zaevion Dobson, and he was killed Friday, Dec. 17, 2015. He died in the most honorable way; he died shielding three girls from a random shooting spree in Knoxville. The gunfire was random and there was no need for him to die, but he saved three lives by giving up his own. He is a hero and will always be remembered as one.

His number 24 will never be worn by any Fulton High School football player ever again and he will always be watching over me. He was my brother, my teammate, and my best friend. I play football, the game we both loved so much, for him. He inspires me to make it out and go to a better place.

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