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Committed to Notre Dame

Committed to Notre Dame

Congratulations to outstanding student-athlete Preston Zinter '23 on his commitment to continue his academic and football career at the University of Notre Dame!

Preston, we're proud of your hard work and accomplishments.

Thank you to Preston, to the Zinter Family, and to the University of Notre Dame for the resources to help highlight this announcement, including the COMMITTED video and several of the graphics and photos included!

Preston in Notre Dame uniform posing under logo

Central Catholic's Preston Zinter '23 Commits to University of Notre Dame

Superstar CCHS student-athlete Preston Zinter ’23 will join The Fighting Irish as he commits to continue his academics and football career at the University of Notre Dame (UND). 

Preston officially announced his commitment to Notre Dame live via CBS Sports HQ from the Central Catholic campus on Friday, Feb. 11, at 12:00 PM.

Preston makes his announcement

He was joined by his family and members of the Raider Varsity Football Team and coaching staff. 

Read CBS Sports article, Notre Dame football recruiting: Preston Zinter commitment pushes Fighting Irish to No. 1 in 2023 rankings.

Video provided by Preston Zinter '23


Preston points

Accolades, Awards, & Honors

As one of the top football prospects in the Northeast, Preston - a 6' 3", 215-pound Raider linebacker - has received a plethora of accolades including (but not limited to):

  • Merrimack Valley Conference (MVC) Defensive Player of the Year.
  • Super 26 All-State Team,
  • MVC First Team All-Conference
  • Boston Globe All Scholastic
  • Boston Herald All Scholastic
  • New England Football Journal MIAA All-Star 1st Team
  • MHSFCA Division 1 All-State 1st Team
  • Central Catholic Football Scholar Athlete Award


Preston in position

A Super Bowl Season

Preston played an integral role in getting the Raider Football Team to the MVC Championship and the Division 1 Super Bowl in 2021.


Impressive Options & Opportunities

Preston surrounded by logos of offers

The University of Notre Dame competed with several impressive offers from an abundance of impressive schools, including:

  • University of Arizona
  • University of Arkansas
  • Auburn University
  • Baylor University
  • Boston College
  • University of Georgia
  • Louisiana State University
  • University of Louisville
  • University of Michigan
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Nebraska
  • Ohio State University
  • University of Mississippi (Ole Miss)
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Southern California
  • Syracuse University
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Wisconsin

Committed to Academics, Leadership, & Service

Preston with teammate

In addition to being a standout athlete (football and lacrosse), Preston is dedicated to his academics, and participates on campus as a Student Ambassador, providing tours to prospective Raiders. 

Preston also finds time to volunteer helping younger football players hoping to follow in his footsteps.

"I enjoy volunteering my time with the youth football programs, helping out at camps and working one-on-one with younger athletes. I love helping younger players learn a sport that I have a passion for," said Preston.

"If I can help and inspire the younger generation to work hard and dedicate themselves in sports and school, hopefully I can be a mentor to show them that dreams do come true."

Preston on field

Central Catholic as Home

"Central Catholic is an environment that is welcoming, makes learning enjoyable, and creates an atmosphere that makes school fun," said Preston. "Coming in as a sophomore, I wasn't sure how I would adjust, but not one day went by that I felt like I was the new kid on campus. All of my CCHS teachers and staff have been amazing. Central is a special place and I'm so grateful to have been given the opportunity to make it my home."


Coach A with team

Thankful for Coach A

Preston specifically credits Raider Football Coach and Teacher Mr. Chuck Adamopoulos (Coach A) as "being a great mentor and coach to me. I'm so happy to be able to share this experience with him and the rest of the coaching staff."


Preston giving peace sign

A Team Player, Committed to Marist Ideals 

"Preston is an incredibly hard worker who is all about the team," states Coach Adamopoulos. "He has worked very hard to reach this point, and our coaching staff is very proud and happy for him."

"Congratulations to Preston on his commitment to the University of Notre Dame," states Mr. Zachary Blaszak, Director of Athletics & Activities. 

"Notre Dame is not only going to welcome an amazing student-athlete, but they are getting a young man who lives the Marist qualities of humility, presence and family spirit every day."

"I am continually amazed at Preston's abilities on the football field, as well as his integrity and sportsmanship. I look forward to watching him grow and shine during the remainder of his CCHS career and beyond."

Congratulations, Preston! We're excited to see what you accomplish next!

Preston with his family

Above photo: Preston with his parents and his sister, Kierstyn, a sophomore at Central Catholic.


Preston with Notre Dame Coach Marcus Freeman

Above photo: Preston with University of Notre Dame Head Coach Marcus Freeman.

Central Catholic High School
A College Preparatory High School of Excellence in the Marist Tradition
Founded by the Marist Brothers in the heart of Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1935, Central Catholic High School enrolls 1,300 students from over 60 cities and towns. Students come from diverse backgrounds to form a caring community of faith, learning, and service. They advance to college in overwhelming numbers (nearly 100%) and move on to successful careers and positions of leadership in government, business, industry, academia, and professions.

For more information, please visit, call 978-682-0260, or email

Mission: Central Catholic High School makes Jesus known and loved.
We educate the whole person for college and for life, with particular care for the least favored and those in need.

Raider Athletics

Raider Athletics represents a proud tradition of excellence that enriches the Central Catholic experience for both participants and spectators.

Our student-athletes bring home State, Sectional, and Conference Championships on a regular basis while representing the school community with pride.

Central Catholic offers twenty-seven (27) Varsity sports in competitions governed by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) and the Merrimack Valley Conference (MVC) as well as two (2) seasons of Cheerleading under the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators' Association (MSSAA).

More than half of our student body, approximately 800 students, compete on at least one of these teams, an experience that fosters teamwork, dedication, sportsmanship, and the pursuit of excellence, lessons that carry over into all aspects of life.