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!
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.
He was joined by his family and members of the Raider Varsity Football Team and coaching staff.
Video provided by Preston Zinter '23
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
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
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
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."
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."
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."
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!